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. Before UC Berkeley, Neyran was an assistant professor at Rice University's School of Architecture. Her work draws on the relationship between geography and design to highlight their interaction 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 Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, 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.