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Adres İTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Taşkışla, Taksim, İstanbul
Oda No 210B

Araştırma Alanları

Short bio.

Nizam Onur Sönmez (PhD) is a researcher, writer, architect, and design tutor. He was born and raised in Turkey, and graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) as an architect in 2001. Between 2001 and 2004, he studied at the same institution for his MSc thesis, titled “The Situationists, An Architecture for Opposition”, where he focused on the history and the theoretical oeuvre of the Situationist International and Constant’s utopian project, The New Babylon, as a juncture of post-war utopian architecture, the artistic avant-garde, and radical politics. Since 2004, he has been employed at the ITU Faculty of Architecture, where he works as a lecturer, design tutor, and researcher. His PhD research, which was completed in 2015, jointly at ITU and TU Delft, involved the development of Artificial Intelligence applications for architectural design (“Evolutionary Design Assistants for Architecture” <>). He has published academic papers on computational design, design theory and education, design research and methodology, and radical and utopian architecture.

He has been disseminating his non-academic writings through fanzines. These texts mostly develop as literary experiments around a series of philosophical, theoretical, or political themes. Between 2003 and 2015, he was a designer, editor, and author of the aperiodic philosophy journal KYNIK ( - in Turkish). He has also been an active blogger since 2009 (,, – mostly in Turkish).

His academic research focuses on the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques for developing computational design tools. For this aim he investigates the design process and the knowledge embedded within existing design examples. He also explores architecture theory, for establishing bridges between such computational research, design practice, and education. Particularly, he focuses on the interpretation of existing architectural examples as sources of architectural knowledge, through the very ‘concepts’ (categories, classes) of architecture (e.g. schemas, types, styles, etc.).
As third and fourth lines of research, he investigates recent architectural issues through both design practice and in educational settings, i.e., in design studios and workshops. As a designer, he works at the crossover between theory, narratives, graphics, and architecture. His design studies, on one side, develop as research projects that investigate theoretical and/or technical aspects of architectural problems, and on another side, aim at the development of speculative, critical, or sometimes subversive narrative attitudes and designer personae. His recent research interests involve an investigation of how to re-interpret various interactions between natural and artificial systems; from the microscopic elements of ecosystems to significant events on cosmic levels. Accordingly, in his education practice, he has been organizing highly structured collective research-by-design settings, for developing ways to read and reconstruct space in terms of such systems, and to explore hybrid, dynamic, interactive, and adaptive tectonics, expressions, and atmospheres.

Currently, he is part of the curatorial team of the Turkish Pavillion for 2018 Venice Biennial Architecture Exhibition, which is being curated by architect Kerem Piker, with the title “The shift”.

Address: İTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi, Taşkışla Kampüsü, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Araştırma alanları

Tasarımda hesaplama
  • Örneğe dayalı tasarım
  • Tasarımda yapay zeka
  • Tasarımda yapay görme
  • Evrimsel hesaplamalar
  • Fiziksel hesaplama ve canlı
Tasarım kuramı
  • Tasarım araştırmaları ve metodoloji
  • Tasarım eğitimi
  • Katılımcı tasarım pratikleri
Mimarlık tarihi, kuramı ve felsefe
  • Radikal, öykücü ve ütopyacı mimarlıklar
  • Mimarlığın kavramları, bilgisi ve tipoloji
  • Kişisel özdeşlik

Öğrenim Bilgileri

Doktora çalışması



İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi (İTÜ) Mimari Tasarım Programı ve Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) ('Joint supervision of PhD thesis'; danışmanlar: Prof Dr. Arzu Erdem ve Prof. Dr. I.Sevil Sarıyıldız, co-promotor: Dr.Ir. Rudi Stouffs)

İTÜ Fen Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Mimarlık Anabilim Dalı, Mimari Tasarım Programı (Tez danışmanı: Prof. Dr. Arzu Erdem).

Yüksek lisans


İTÜ Fen Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Mimarlık Anabilim Dalı, Mimari Tasarım Programı (Tez başlığı: Durumcular, Muhalefet İçin Bir Mimarlık; tez danışmanı: Prof.Dr. Hülya Yürekli).



İTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi, Mimarlık Bölümü.

Ortaokul ve lise


Antalya Anadolu Lisesi.