Nazlı Cangönül
Senior Service & Learning Designer, ATÖLYE
Hi, I’m Nazlı. I’m a Senior Service & Learning Designer at ATÖLYE, bringing practical experience to utilize Human-Centered Design in solving complex human problems and facilitate teams in doing so. My superpower is empathy in hearing individuals and communities deeply and making sure their voices are heard.

A graduate of the Department of Industrial Product Design at Istanbul Technical University, Nazlı’s career began while she was still a student, thanks to her independent beehive design project and the Izmir Gulf Project. She gained experience in furniture design during an exchange program in Sweden, which she put to use at a contract furniture firm in Turkey. Nazlı came in first place in the Souvenir Design for Istanbul category at the Industrial Design Contests organized by the Istanbul Mineral and Metals Exporters’ Association (IMMIB), thus earning a scholarship for education abroad.


Seeking to use her design knowledge to explore environmental and social issues affecting the world, Nazlı participated in the Design for Social Innovation graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. For her thesis project, she designed an experience that helps women with the inner reckoning that goes on in the face of workplace sexism. She also took part in the group project The V Store, a new retail experience that promoted women’s sexual and reproductive health and was featured in outlets such as PSFK, Fusion, BTRToday, and EntaMag.


Following her return to Turkey, Nazlı took on the role of Service Designer at ATÖLYE, where she designs innovative solutions for the users and beneficiaries of the organizations with whom she works. She also designs and facilitates collaborative learning processes that combine creativity with a human-centric, benefit-oriented approach.


When she’s not scribbling on Post-it Notes, Nazlı enjoys watercoloring, yoga, and chasing after the cats in her neighborhood.