I am a nature lover who constantly seeks moments for connecting to all what it contains. The way it comes together comprises such intelligent creativity that becomes my main source for inspiration.

I am a professor of urban design and city planing at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey since 2001. I worked as a planner, professor, researcher and a consultant for private, public, and national/international non-governmental organisations and institutions in Turkey, the U.S., Norway, Denmark, and the U.K. Some national and international academic awards and grants include the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), master and doctorate supervisor awards at METU, and grants from SUNY Binghamton University, the governments of Norway and Belgium. Integrating performance arts activities with spatial design education has always taken a central role in my design pedagogy. I have carried this to a collaboration between university and K12 students in recent years. Additionally, my professional and academic interest publications mainly focus on participatory planning and design, sustainability and social change, cultural heritage and environmental conservation, people and environment. I am fluent in English, French and Turkish (mother tongue). And I am an activist in peace making, healthy and happy living.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I consider myself as a lifelong learner who has always been interested in the new. HundrED Community represents great efforts around the world who have made significant impact on children, youth, teachers and parents. Looking at something from a different angle is like breaking the chains of self-prison. I see that HundrED Community is a great catalyser of twisting that angle.

How can education support students to flourish?

Today's education can support students to flourish only if it is adopted to their needs. I see that today's children and youth will be the change agents of the future. And I observe that their deriving forces lay under searching the joyfulness, creativity and innovation, sensing rather than memorising, thinking fast and acting collectively.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation comes not only from the content of the knowledge but also how the knowledge is generated. I believe performance arts allow infinite opportunities for creativity and its integration with education offer an open milieux for self-expression and realisation as well as collective learning. The integration of arts with education also catalyses educators to seek innovative ways to apply that.