Benay Gürsoy Toykoç is an assistant professor of architecture at Penn State. Her research and teaching focus is on computational making, digital fabrication, craft theory, shape studies, basic design education, and cognitive studies of the design process. She has published and presented her research internationally and received awards in international conferences.
From 2010 to 2016, Toykoç taught first-year design studios, geometry, and design computing courses at Istanbul Bilgi University as a faculty member in architecture. She has instituted undergraduate elective courses including a course on “hacking materials and production methods.”She has also lectured and taught workshops at several universities in Turkey, including AA Istanbul Visiting Schools.
Toykoç completed her doctoral studies in the Architectural Design Computing Program at Istanbul Technical University (2016). Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on understanding how material manipulation in design can become an integral part of the computational design process. Her dissertation received the Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award from Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science, Engineering, and Technology for the graduating students of 2016.