Aycan Kizilkaya

External Researcher, Visiting Scholar

Curriculum Vitae 

After completing her bachelor's degree in Architecture, Aycan Kizilkaya studied in the International Master of Interior Architectural Design Program (IMIAD) at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). During her master's degree, she focused on design critique, perception, and discourse with using human-centered design methodology. As part of the IMIAD exchange program, she studied at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, where she contributed to experiential events, exhibitions, and hands-on design workshops in Germany. In 2017, Aycan completed the ATHENS Program on "Modern Interior Architecture: Case Studies and Historiography" at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Since then, she has been a research and teaching assistant in the ITU Faculty of Architecture, IMIAD Program. She has participated in various national and international symposiums, interdisciplinary research projects, and teaching design studios & workshops. In 2022, she was a visiting scholar at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW), Institute of Interior Design and Scenography in Basel, Switzerland, with the Swiss Government Research Excellence Scholarship. While there, she participated in design courses on performance studies and engaged in creative performative experiments. As a PhD candidate, Aycan has researched and documented alternative performance spaces, comparing case studies, and recently she conducted a research project at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).  Additionally, Aycan is a member of a professional theater group in Istanbul, where she engages in acting, stage design, poster & video design, storytelling, and playwriting.

Research Focus

Design Research, Performance Design & Scenography, Digital Production Technologies, Representation Techniques, and Design Studios



Garip, B., Kizilkaya A. (2020). Theme-Scenario Development in Interior Architecture: Healthy Living in the Metropolis. Handbook of Research on Methodologies for Design and Production Practices in Interior Architecture, pp 119-141, IGI Global ISBN13: 9781799872542
Garip, B., Kizilkaya A. (2020). “Limited Material” as an Input for Creativity in Interior Architecture: Design and Production With Using a Single Material. Handbook of Research on Methodologies for Design and Production Practices in Interior Architecture, pp 280-305, IGI Global ISBN13: 9781799872542
Conference Papers:
Kizilkaya, A. (2023). Site-Specific Theatre: Narrating Spatial Change. Performing Space 2023 Conference Argolida, Nafplio, Greece, July 2023.
Kizilkaya, A. (2023). A case study on Alternative Theater Spaces in Munich. ATINER 13th Annual International Conference on Architecture, Athens, Greece.
Kizilkaya, A. (2023). Virtual Spaces: Digital Staging Experience. Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, TAWG Performing Grounds Symposium-Unsettling Cultural Landscape & The Spatial Politics Of Assembly, PQ, Prague.
Kizilkaya, A. (2019). Gendered Spaces: A Case Study in Istanbul. 4th DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) Gender and Women’s Studies ’19 Conference, p. 17-28, Istanbul ISBN: 978-605-9207-54-6
Garip, B., Garip, E., Celik, C., Kizilkaya, A. (2019). Primitive Shelter as a Social Catalyst. The 29th International Conference Research for Furniture Industry, pp 54-554, Gazi University, Ankara.
Kizilkaya, A. (2018).  An Assessment of User and Designer Perspectives: A Case Study. ATINER 8th Annual International Conference on Architecture, Athens, Greece, ISBN: 978-960-598-215-7
Kizilkaya, A., Garip E. (2019). IMIAD Stuttgart Workshop-19 Experience. Interior Architecture Education in Turkey National Symposium, ITU.