Erkin Özay is an architect and a lecturer in Urban Planning and Design. He is also an Aga Khan Fellow with a research focus on Istanbul's expanding transportation infrastructure and the historic city. As a research associate at the New Educational Environments, he coordinates education research at the GSD's Design Labs and teaches the seminar course School for Year 2030, a collaborative effort between the GSD and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
He is principal of the independent design practice, the Özay Office. He previously practiced in various architecture and urban design firms, focusing on educational, residential and urban development projects, most notably with Foster and Partners, Hashim Sarkis Studios and Peter Rose and Partners. He has won numerous design awards as a collaborator and with his own practice. His award-winning proposal for a post-Katrina high-density housing development in New Orleans was exhibited in the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Özay is a registered architect in Massachusetts and Turkey. He received his B.Arch degree from Middle East Technical University in Ankara and his M.Arch II degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to the GSD, he taught building technology courses and design studios at Northeastern University. Most recently, he was a visiting critic and lecturer at University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, where he taught a graduate urban design studio as well as a seminar, Forms of the Collective: Architectural Provocations of the Golden Age.