Design Education Talks ep. 58 – Gizem Aytaç

Design Education Talks Ep. 71 – Prof. Taha Duri Design Education Talks

Prof Duri is a published author, translator, artist, and educator, having taught in Architecture, Interior Design, Health Sciences and the Built Environment and History and Theory of Art and Architecture for twenty years.Prof. Duri practiced architecture and interior design for a decate in New York City with specialization in the design and construction of health facilities and hospitals before being appointed overseas (UAE) to start up programs in Architectural Engineering and Interior Design (University of Sharjah and the New York Institute of Technology). His appointment at NYIT was as Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Abu Dhabi, and Strategic Advisor for the Middle East, while also teaching conducting administrative duties, and pursuing his research interests. As of 2016, Duri is at the academic rank of Full Professor.Many of his articles were published in architecture and design journals through international conferences on architecture, humanities, and the arts. Professor Duri also provided editorial contributions to several newspapers and periodicals such as the New York Times, Herald Tribune, Architectural Digest, and the National in the UAE.As an artist, Professor Duri had his own art exhibitions and participated in others in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York City, and London, in addition to the acquisition of some of his paintings in the permanent collection of the Fischer Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Private collections acquiring his paintings include the Ruling Family of the United Arab Emirates.Prof. Duri has received several academic awards on consecutive years by the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS) in Germany and is Member of the Board of Directors. Presently, Professor Duri is the Dean of the College of Design at the American University in the Emirates in addition to his honorary appointment as Visiting Research Professor at the IIAS working on several research projects and works of art.Support the showFollow us on twitter at @newartschool Visits us on our latest articles at
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GİZEM AYTAÇ – Creative Women Entrepreneur – Designer 

Gizem Aytaç graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Interior Architecture & Environmental Design, she attended Design Culture & Management Program at Istanbul Bilgi University. She is experienced in a variety of areas such as; interior design, design management, concept development and branding. She worked as an interior architect & design manager for 23 years. She started a design collective called ProjeTasarlaTR in 2002 with four designer friends and organised amateur design exhibitions in Istanbul. She worked as project manager of Istanbul Design Week in 2005-2007 for DDF. She created GOM in 2015. GOM is a design brand active on educational technologies for children’s creative toys and games. GOM supports Sustainable Development Goals. It is a patented paper toy and a teaching method which  awarded for Superior Design 2017 by Design Turkey, rewarded for Design Intelligence Award 2018 by China Academy of Art. She attended to Bridges Math & Art Conference in 2018 at the Technology Museum in Stockholm, was selected as a creative women entrepreneur for #shemeansbusiness award by Facebook & Vogue. In London. GOM got invited to Graz, Austria for World Wide Things Collection and exhibited for Unesco Design Cities Network. 

Still writes about design in various publications like Manifold Press. During 2020 GOM started designing online workshops & webinars about creativity & design education. Believes in creative resistance.


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