Developments in computational design and digital fabrication techniques have a striking potential for shaping the future of construction not only in the terms of process but also in the name of the potential expanding the boundaries of design and manufacturing. The rise of the need for new techniques and digitization (such as algorithmic thinking, Computer-Aided Design, development of new software interfaces, programmable machines, robotic fabrication) has enabled architects, engineers, and constructors to start dealing with complex architectural structures, to gain more control over materiality, to extend the digital design process into the production process. That will benefit to provide innovative, cost-effective, sustainable solutions for the future of the construction environment.

The GSS ISTANBUL 2020 aims to explore the potential of computational optimization and opens up a new perspective on the connection between digital and physical. In addition to computational design techniques, Global Summer School Istanbul integrates robots for architectural design in a creative and e?ective way, utilizing their full potential to enrich, inspire and transform architectural design processes. It suggests alternative use of digital fabrication tools as design tools, helping the fabrication process on the computer with robotic technology.

During the two weeks program, students will learn how to integrate geometrical, structural and material properties related to complexity in design practices. The online design phase will be followed by a period of physical experimentation and the creation of a 1:1 scale prototype, which will be fabricated by using robotic fabrication techniques.


The Global Summer School programme is a full-time two weeks course that will run from the 29th June until the 11th July 2020: workshops and lectures will happen at the same time in different geographic areas worldwide.

The GSS workshop provides to its participants both practical and theoretical knowledge. The program is led by expert tutors, combined with lectures by renowned professionals and academics relevant to the GSS BRIEF and GLOBAL AGENDA 2020 to be treated during the course. These will be broadcasted in the different node-cities, all globally connected. Participants will join a global agenda and an international laboratory at their disposal to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in the different cities where other teams reside.

  • The design process will include geometrical explorations, as well as assembly methods and developing a comprehensive perception of a collaborative process by working in a group.
  • Students will be introduced to Rhinoceros 3D + Grasshopper (focusing on modeling and computational design)
  • Digital Fabrication technologies will be introduced, especially Robotic Fabrication and 3D printing, to be integrated within the overall workflow to translate information from the digital model to physical 1:1 prototyping.



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?ebnem Yal?nay Çinici, Local Coordinator of the GSS Istanbul’20, Head of Architecture Department at ?stanbul Bilgi University, received her B.Arch (1989), M.Arch (1991) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees from Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture; and completed her Post-Doctorate (2001) studies in Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She pursued her academic career at METU, Department of Architecture in 1991-2006, and at Yildiz Technical University in 2006-2011. She has been delivering courses at ?stanbul Bilgi University since 2007. In 2003 she founded and initiated Digital Design Studio in the Undergraduate Program of METU, Department of Architecture. Besides conducting first year basic-design studios and design studios of various levels; her major field of research is ontology, technology and philosophy, architectural design, high-end design+production technologies and their integration into design education. She has numerous national and international works and publications on her research topics. Being involved since the foundation of the Faculty of  Architecture in 2009, ?ebnem Yal?nay Çinici has been continuing her academic carrer in the Department of Architecture at Istanbul Bilgi University since 2011, where she is the Head of Department.



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Hazal Yilmaz is the Coordinator of the GSS Istanbul’20. She is an architect, designer, and researcher working in a field of industry 4.0, robotic fabrication and computer-aided design. Hazal received her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Bilgi University and acquired her master’s degree in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) from The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). She has been involved with a different range of projects from Computational Design to Robotic Fabrication to Human-Machine Collaboration to Wearable Technologies with architects, technicians, and artists in Barcelona. She is involved in teaching courses on robotic fabrication and her research focuses on the generative process of technological and computational innovation and connections between materials and production methods.



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Yi?italp Behram is an architect, interaction designer, computational designer, and researcher with different areas of expertise including computational geometry, parametric modeling, generative algorithms, and digital fabrication. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Bahçesehir University. After his graduation, he worked as a design team member at the Turkish Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2016. He holds his Master’s Degree in Advanced Architecture from The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). He worked on several projects which were mainly focused on the connection between computational design and fabrication. His thesis and recent works are focused on the optimization of concrete 3d printing with wax to develop new solutions for current construction environment by robotic fabrication techniques.


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Mehmet Berk Bostanc?, creative director and interaction designer at Boske Collective, acquired his undergraduate degree from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Architecture. Moving on to graduate from the Advanced Interaction Master’s Program in Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), he focused on the aspect of design that provides a bridge between humanity and technology, blending intuition and reason. After his studies he continued to teach and support in IAAC specializing on Creative Coding and Physical Computing. As an interaction designer his installations took place in exhibitions, biennales and festivals in various countries around the world such as Spain, Australia and Estonia.



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Cemal Koray Bingöl is an Istanbul-based researcher who focuses on computational design technologies through urban data, computer sciences and robotics. He finished his study at Computer-Aided Architectural Design Master’s Programme at Yildiz Technical University after he got his bachelor of architecture degree from Istanbul Technical University. His research subject in his master’s thesis is simulating urban sprawl through computational models, which he went on an exchange program to TU Eindhoven to study urban design for 6 months. He has been teaching at Istanbul Bilgi University since 2013 and giving lectures in various universities on ‘computational design’. Meanwhile, he has been collaborating with various design offices, academics and institutes under Epitome {collaborative network} and Bits’n Bricks.



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Deniz Tümerdem is an Istanbul born architect & landscape architect. She graduated from Uskudar American Academy in 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2009. She studied at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’ Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux in 2006 as an exchange student. She worked as a landscape architect in Istanbul for 2 years. She holds a Master in Advance Architecture degree from IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia). Her research line is Digital Tectonics focusing on Additive Manufacturing. She is co-founder of Epitome {Collaborative Network} and continues her research and studies within this platform. She is an adjunct lecturer at Bilgi University and a PhD student at Istanbul Technical University, Architectural Design Computing Program.


IaaC Global Summer School Istanbul 2020 will take place at Istanbul Bilgi University (in progress), Istanbul, Turkey.

Education in B?LG? Architecture undergraduate and graduate programs takes place at the santralistanbul Campus. The B?LG? Faculty of Architecture, developed with international standards in the field of architecture and design in mind, aims to provide an interdisciplinary education.

The Boiler House Building on our santralistanbul Campus, which was renovated by architect Nevzat Say?n and is currently being used by our Faculty of Architecture, has been granted the International Architecture Award 2018 by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.



To register to the Global Summer School, participants need to fill their personal details and to upload a Cv in the Application form below. GSS20 dates are from 29th June to 11th July 2020 and applications are open until the the 31st of May 2020.

For more information: [email protected]



IAAC GSS is open to creative and innovative people who are interested in fields such as architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design, etc., searching for a multidisciplinary experience in an international environment. No previous skills are required, although CAD design, programming and digital fabrication skills are welcome. The official language of the course is English.


After the course, the participants will have gained theoretical and applicative knowledge about advanced design strategies. They will be familiar with parametric software, data visualization and use of digital machines. The last day of course participants will join a presentation of developed projects reviewed by a renown jury and will receive a Global Summer School Diploma.


Each participant is responsible to investigate which documents are required via the embassies in their country of origin. The school will provide a confirmation letter regarding the participation to the course, and will assist where possible the visa process.


Applicants fee for Istanbul node is 350€ and includes all material costs needed for the course. No additional registration fee required. Flight tickets, accommodation, food are not included in the fee.

Each participant should bring his/her own computer with the rhino and grasshopper software installed. More details on the software will be given to the participants upon acceptance.