Özel leads Özel Office, an interdisciplinary design practice that creates spaces, objects and experiences at the intersection of architecture, technology and media. Current work ranges from large public institutional buildings to private residences and experimental installations. Özel’s projects have been exhibited in major museums and galleries in the United States and Europe, notably the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and the Saatchi Gallery in London. He formerly taught at Yale University and University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His recent work has been widely published in online and print media such as CNN, BBC, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Wired, among others. Özel is currently leading a collaboration with UCLA Engineering department to create robotically controlled construction techniques and novel 3D-printing technologies with high performance materials in the scale of habitable objects. As a part of this collaboration, his team was shortlisted and awarded at NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitats Challenge, which called for interdisciplinary teams to design a dwelling for the first mission to Mars.
Özel is a lecturer at UCLA AUD and currently leads the technology-focused research topic as part of the M.Arch.II program based at the IDEAS campus. He received his M.Arch. from Yale University.
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