Neyran Turan is an architect and a partner at NEMESTUDIO. She is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture at the University of California-Berkeley. Her work focuses on alternative forms of environmental imagination within architecture and their capacity for new aesthetic and political trajectories within architecture and urbanism. She holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), a Master of Environmental Design from Yale University School of Architecture, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University. Neyran is founding chief-editor of the Harvard GSD journal New Geographies, which focuses on contemporary issues of urbanism and architecture, and is the editor-in-chief of the first two volumes of the journal: New Geographies 0 (2008) and New Geographies: After Zero (2009). Some of her recent writings have been published in CARTHA, Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, New Geographies, Offramp, ARPA Journal, SAN ROCCO, Scenario Journal, MAS Context, Conditions, MONU, ThinkSpace, Arqa, Bidoun, Thresholds, and 20/20: Editorial Takes on Architectural Discourse.
Mete Sonmez is an architect and a partner at NEMESTUDIO. He is a lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the University of California-Berkeley and also the design director at Page San Francisco. Mete holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Istanbul Technical University. Mete is a designer with over 15 years of extensive national and international experience. He gained experience in practice as a designer on various projects at Hashim Sarkis Studios and at Machado Silvetti in Boston. He has taught design studios and acted as a guest critic at Harvard University, Rice University, Istanbul Technical University, Boston Architecture College, and the University of Houston.