Engin Ayaz
Co-founder, ATÖLYE
Hi, I’m Engin. I am the co-founder of ATÖLYE. My superpower is to think creatively across multiple scales, layers, and dimensions of any system, be it a building, a digital design system, an experience, or an organization.

Engin is a transdisciplinary designer with a background in architecture, engineering, systems thinking, sustainability, and interaction design.


After graduating from Istanbul German High School, Engin studied Architectural Design and Engineering at Stanford University. Engin received project fellowships on green buildings from the US Environmental Protection Agency and Merage Foundation. He worked in the European and US offices of ARUP, a leading international engineering and architecture company, as the sustainable design consultant. As part of this position, Engin engaged in design projects with teams including Foster+Partners, HOK, NBBJ, and also internally with the ARUP Foresight+Innovation Team. Afterwards, Engin received his Masters in interactive design and media arts from ITP at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


In 2013, Engin co-founded ATÖLYE following his ITP thesis on “Transdisciplinary Design for Creative Community Spaces.” As a Co-founder and Head of Design at ATÖLYE, Engin is focusing on leading interscalar design projects and honing the studio’s design culture. Alongside ATÖLYE, Engin has worked as an adjunct instructor at Istanbul Bilgi University, teaching a 4th year elective course entitled “Transdisciplinary Urban Interventions” between 2013 and 2016. Engin has also been an adjunct instructor at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) for various classes between 2012 and 2019.


Engin’s work has been published in Monocle, Dezeen, Designboom, Fortune, Architizer, Creators Project, Creative Applications Network, Infosthetics, ArchDaily, XXI, GOOD Magazine, and Atlantic Cities, among others. He exhibited and presented his work at various conferences in Tokyo, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Geneva, New York, Barcelona, Chicago, and Istanbul, including two TEDx presentations, on topics ranging from Design Culture to Smart Cities, from User Experience Design to Community Curation.