Güvenç Özel is an architect, artist and researcher. He is the Technology Director of IDEAS, and the principal of Ozel Office, an interdisciplinary design practice located in Los Angeles, USA, working at the intersection of architecture, technology, visual arts and research on urban culture. A native of Izmir, Turkey, Özel studied architecture, sculpture, and philosophy in Bennington College, USA. In addition, he holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he graduated with multiple awards. Prior to establishing his own practice, he worked in the architecture offices of Rafael Vinoly, Jürgen Mayer H. and Frank Gehry, amongst others. His projects and experimental installations are exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA and Europe. He formerly taught at Yale University, Woodbury University and University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Studio Greg Lynn. His recent work has been heavily published by CNN, Boston Globe, Architectural Digest, Gizmodo, Creators Project/ Vice, Archdaily, Archinect, Designboom and many others. His current research on emerging technologies is focused on creating interactive environments that challenge traditional fabrication techniques and spatial assemblies.
Yale University, CT Master of Architecture, 2005
Bennington College, VT, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Sculpture & Philosophy, 2002
DIA Dessau (former Bauhaus), Exchange Student, Germany, Spring 2001
Robert College, Istanbul, High School Diploma, 1998