As architect, designer and researcher, Sevil Yazici works in the intersection of architectural design, science and technology. She investigates possibilities for enhancing human lives in terms of rehabilitating the built environment and developing tools & techniques to improve current architectural practice.

She received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Istanbul Technical University and her Master of Architecture & Urbanism Degree from the London Architectural Association Design Research Lab (DRL). Her thesis project “Intelligent Bi-Stable Structure System” developed with the team Zero.1 (Yazici, S., Chima, J., Nikolakaki, S., and Leung, E.) is granted a Patent in the UK and published widely around the world.

She has experience in projects that differ in sizes and requirements, including urban, building and product design scales. She worked in various offices and practices for all phases of the design process. She was involved and led numerous projects from concept to construction phases at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in London, including d'Leedon in Singapore, Eleftheria Square Design in Cyprus, Pierres Vives Building in France, Sheikh Saud Al-Thani Villa Mosque in Qatar, as well as winning competition schemes, including Kartal-Pendik Masterplan in Turkey, King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art in Jordan and Ocean Terminal Extension in Hong Kong.

She completed her PhD studies at Istanbul Technical University and developed a software model, by bringing issues related to materialization to the beginning of the architectural design process. She won "The Best Dissertation Award of the Year" with her PhD titled "A Material-Based Integrated Computational Design Model in Architecture", which is granted a Patent. She also won UK Alumni Awards 2016 in Professional Achievement by British Council and recently two Gold Medals in 2018 for her invention titled ‘Building and Manufacturing Method for a Building System in regards to the Structural and Environmental Factors’ in international organizations held in China and Turkey.

Her work is awarded, published widely and exhibited in various countries including UK, USA, Netherlands, India, Chile, Turkey, Colombia and China. Her publications include Architectural Association, Frame, Wiley, Turkish Chamber of Architects, ACSA, eCAADe, Sigradi and more.

She is the Founder and Principal of ParaMaterial, the interdisciplinary architecture, design and research initiative where she investigates methodologies in parallel to her research interest. Meanwhile, she continues on practicing in design & construction industry.



BArch (Hons.), AA MArch, PhD


2009 – 2013 PhD, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Architecture, Turkey

2008 Qualified Architect, Member of Turkish Chamber of Architects, Turkey

2006 Architectural Association (AA), Design Research Laboratory (DRL), Master of Architecture and Urbanism, London / UK

2003 Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Bachelor of Architecture (Honor Degree), Turkey

2001 Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) / Summer School (Architectural theory classes and workshops), Cambridge, MA / US

1998 Istanbul Lisesi (High School), Turkey



July 2021 - present  Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture, Turkey (Associate Professor)

March 2020 - July 2021  Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture, Turkey (Assistant Professor)

August 2013 - February 2020 Ozyegin University, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Turkey (Assistant Professor)

September 2009 - Present ParaMaterial, Istanbul / Turkey (Founder and Principal)

February 2006 - August 2009 Zaha Hadid Architects, London / UK (Project Architect)

September 2004 - January 2006 Zero.1, London / UK (Co-Founder)

June 2003 - July 2004  Esin Construction Company, Istanbul / Turkey (Architect)

August - September 2002 von Gerkan, Marg und Partners Berlin / Germany (Architectural Assistant)