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Benay Gürsoy Toykoç

Assistant Professor
Portrait of Gürsoy Toykoç Benay
Contact
bug61@psu.edu
814-865-1366
220 Stuckeman

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.

Benay 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.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. – Architectural Design Computing, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
    • M.Arch. – Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2010
    • B.Arch. – Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2007
  • Honors & Awards
    • Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, June 2017: Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award
    • CAAD Futures 2015: Best Paper Award (co-writers: Iestyn Jowers, Mine Özkar)
    • CAADRIA 2010: Young CAADRIA Award
    • TUBITAK, 2010–15: National Scholarship Program for Ph.D. Students
    • TUBITAK, 2007–09: National Scholarship Program for M.Sc. Students
    • Middle East Technical University, 2007: Ranked first in her graduating class in the Department of Architecture
  • Exhibitions & Presentations

    CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

    • NCBDS 2019, March 14-16, 2019, University of Colorado Denver, Denver – USA
      “Model-Idea-Model: From Abstraction of Context to Systematic Organization of Space”
    • eCAADe 2018, September 19-21, 2018, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz – Poland
      “From Control to Uncertainty in 3D Printing with Clay”
    • Nexus 2018, June 11-14, 2018, University of Pisa, Pisa – Italy
      “Material Shapes and How to Compute with Them” (co-writer: Mine Özkar)
    • CAADRIA 2018, May 17-19, 2018, Tsinghua University, Beijing – China
      “Bridging Parametric Design and Craftsmanship: Materializing the Digital Parametric Brick Wall with Low-tech Construction Techniques” (co-writers: Elena Vazquez, Julio Diarte)
    • NCBDS 2018, March 1-3, 2018, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati – USA
      “Learning to Compute in Design by Making Geometry”
    • CAAD Futures 2017, July 12-14, 2017, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul – Turkey
      “Computing Stitches and Crocheting Geometry” (co writers: Özgüç B. Çapunaman, C. Koray Bingöl)
    • CAADRIA 2016, March 30-April 2, 2016, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne – Australia
      “Why is Making Important for the Culture of Design?”
    • CAAD Futures 2015, July 6-10 2015, Unicamp, Sao Paulo-Brasil
      “Formal Descriptions of Material Manipulations” (co writers: Iestyn Jowers, Mine Özkar)
    • Nexus 2014, June 9-12, 2014, Middle East Technical University, Ankara – Turkey
      “Schematizing Basic Design in Ilhan Koman’s ‘Embryonic’ Approach”
    • eCAADe 2012, September 12-14, 2012, Czech Technical University, Prague – Czech Republic
      “The Hands-on Basics of Contemporary Design Education”
    • DRS 2010, July 7-9, 2010, Université de Montreal, Montreal – Canada
      “Is Model-Making Sketching in Design?”
    • CAADRIA 2010, April 7-10, 2010, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    EXHIBITIONS

    • Dreams to Realities: Projections on Education – Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series III
      March 13- June 1, 2014 – Istanbul Modern, Istanbul – Turkey (curator: Şebnem Yalınay Çinici)
    • Archizines World Tour Exhibition Design
      November 1-24, 2013 – It’s Open, Istanbul – Turkey
  • Publications & Presentations

    JOURNAL ARTICLES

    • Gürsoy, B., Özkar, M. (2015). Visualizing Making: Shapes, Materials, and Actions. Design Studies (41), pp.29-50.
    • Gürsoy, B., Özkar, M. (2015). Schematizing Basic Design in Ilhan Koman’s “Embryonic” Approach. Nexus Network Journal 17(3), 981-1005.

    BOOK CHAPTERS

    • Çapunaman, Ö., Bingöl, C.K., Gürsoy, B. (2017). Computing Stitches and Crocheting Geometry, in Computer-Aided Architectural Design: Future Trajectories (eds: Cagdas G., Ozkar M., Gul L., Gurer E.). Singapore: Springer, pp. 289-305.
    • Gürsoy, B., Jowers, I., Özkar, M. (2015). Formal Descriptions of Material Manipulations: An Exploration with Cuts and Shadows, in The Next City: New Technologies and the Future of the Built Environment (eds: Celani G., Sperling D.M., Franco J.M.S.). Berlin: Springer, pp. 439-457.

    CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

    • Gürsoy, B. (2018). From Control to Uncertainty in 3D Printing with Clay, in Computing for a Better Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 36th eCAADe Conference, Vol.2, pp. 21-30.
    • Gürsoy, B., Özkar, M. (2018). Material Shapes and How to Compute with Them, in Conference Book of Nexus 2018: Relationship Between Architecture and Mathematics, pp. 263-268.
    • Gürsoy, B. (2018). Learning to Compute in Design by Making Geometry in Proceedings of the 34th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS), Vol.34, No.1.
    • Vazquez, E., Diarte, J., Gürsoy, B. (2018). Bridging Parametric Design and Craftsmanship: Materializing the Digital Parametric Brick Wall with Low-tech Construction Techniques, in Learning, Prototyping and Adapting: Short paper Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2018), pp. 3-8.
    • Gürsoy, B. (2016). Why is Making Important for the Culture of Design?, in Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2016), pp. 851-861.
    • Gürsoy, B. (2012). The Hands-on Basics of Contemporary Design Education, eCAADe 30 Conference Proceedings, Vol.2., pp. 59-99.
    • Gürsoy, B., Özkar, M. (2010). Is Model-Making Sketching in Design?, DRS 2010 Conference Proceedings, Montreal.
  • Built Works

    WORKSHOPS

    • Structural Weaving – Design Computing Summer School, June 25-27, 2018
      Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon – Portugal
    • Robotic Mediations – AA Istanbul Visiting School, June 28-July 07, 2017
      Istanbul Bilgi University + Architectural Association, Istanbul – Turkey
    • Parabrick, May 16-20, 2017
      Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Asuncion – Paraguay
    • Light It Up!, January 19-22, 2017
      The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA – USA
    • Tectonic Symbiosis – AA Istanbul Visiting School, June 13-22, 2016
      Istanbul Bilgi University + Architectural Association, Istanbul – Turkey
    • Cellular Revisions – AA Istanbul Visiting School, June 15-24, 2015
      Istanbul Bilgi University + Architectural Association, Istanbul – Turkey
    • Electroknit – Design and Process Workshops, November 5-6, 2014
      Istanbul Bilgi University + Design Foundation, Istanbul – Turkey
    • Knitting, Cutting, and Material Computing, September 17-19, 2014
      Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul – Turkey
    • Inertia – Vernal Workshops 2014, April 19-23, 2014
      Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul -– Turkey
    • Ilhan Koman ∞-1, October 26-27, 2014
      Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul – Turkey
    • Cut & Fold, November 20-22, 2013
      Izmir Yasar University, Izmir – Turkey
    • Scripting Ilhan Koman – Muses of Art and Science, September 27-29, 2012
      Izmir University of Economics, Izmir – Turkey
    • Wisdom BookVernal Workshops 2012, April 4-8, 2012
      Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul – Turkey