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Research Assistant, Designer, Planner

Izmir, Turkey
October 12, 2016

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Burcu Taşkın

Research/ Teaching Assistant

Izmir Institute of Technology

Mithatpasa C no1115 d12 Guzelyalı, 35290 Izmir (Turkey)



Teaching Assistant (Department of Industrial Design in Izmir Institute of Technology):

-ID512 Advanced Product Development (2014, present)

-ID688 Furniture Design (2015,spring)


-ID502 and ID512 Design Studio Jury (five semesters) Lecturer in Workshops:

-DIY: Hands on (2014, Izmir Institute of Technology)

-Mask Atelier (2015, Izmir Institute of Technology)

-Make Your Own Toy (2016, elementary school, Sev American College)

-Stop Motion Animation (2016, elementary school, Sev American College)

-Furniture Design Workshop (2016, Izmir Institute of Technology) Participated Workshops:

- 'vertical city: solution, dream or nightmare' (2014, Amsterdam)

- 'international Workshop: sustainability in modern housing' (2015, Amsterdam)

- 'Regeneration of Craft' (2015, Gokceada).


• Burcu Taskin and Nuri Basoglu. Design Study on a Medical Device, In PICMET'16 Conference: Technology Management for Social Innovation. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 4-8 September 2016.

• Nilufer Talu and Burcu Taskin. “The Demand For More/Privileged (Things): Leisured Women, Consumption Practices, And Gated Community”. ODU Sosyal Bilimler Araştırma Dergisi (2016).

will be published on July, Issn: 1309-9302, GRADUATION THESIS

Title Daily Life Objects, Interaction Of Cultures And The Selected Izmir Homes

Language English

Supervisor Nilufer Talu

Thesis Abstract The notion of design is one of the tools of globalization in the context of transferring cultures. Domestic daily life provides appropriate objects and related practices in order to examine material culture 2

interactions. The values and the meanings of objects in relevance of daily life activities and practices collaboratively construct our material environment. This research discusses the issue of culture at the interactions of users, objects and practices. The research explores designed objects that bring cultural codes in kitchens and living rooms of selected Izmir homes. The study emphasizes that the negotiation at the interaction of daily life objects and users. The negotiation records that the objects are interpreted in daily life through the behaviours or reflections such as ignoring, accepting and resisting. The values of objects are studied in relevance of daily practices and usage processes in cultural context. The main issue of study is to understand the values of the objects within the cultural perspective in the globalization context. EDUCATION

Sep 2013–Present Industrial Design

Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir (Turkey)

Courses: Research Methods in Design, Industrial Design Studio, Advanced Product Development, Consumption Trends and Material Culture, New Product Design, Visual Media Theories, History of Industrial Design Sep 2013–Present Urban Design

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul (Turkey) Sep 2007–Jun 2013 City and Regional Planning

Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir (Turkey)

Computer skills: 3DsMax, Autocad, SPSS, GIS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Microsoft office programmes

Experienced on writing project reports and visualizing of Planning Studio Projects (scale from 1:100 000 to 1:20).

Courses: Furniture Design, Economics for Designers and Planners, Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, Statistical Methods for Planners, Quantitative methods for Planners, Urban Politics, Legal and Administrative issues in Planning, Urban Sociology, Philosophy, History of Urbanism, Ancient Egyptian Architecture, Planning theory and Practice, Environmental issues and Planning, Urban Regeneration, Urban Design, Urban Housing, Urban Infrastructure systems, Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Socio- spatial issues, Urbanization…

Sep 2004–Jun 2007 Physics Education

Marmara University, Istanbul (Turkey)

Member of MUDADOSK (Marmara university, mountaineering and extreme sports team)

Member of Marmara University Photography Student Team 2002–2004 High school

Usak Anatolian Teacher Training High School, Usak (Turkey) English language, Mathematics, German language, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Pedagogy courses etc.



Sep 2011–Oct 2011 Intern/ City Planner

Kadikoy Municipality, Istanbul (Turkey)

Aug 2010–Sep 2010 Intern/ City Planner

Tuzla Municipality- Izmir Institute of Technology, Istanbul (Turkey) Jul 2009(1 month) Summer Practice of Measured Drawing/ Tekel Building, Urla Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir (Turkey)

Jun 2009–Jul 2009 Summer Practice of Topography

Izmir Institute of Technology


Mother tongue(s) Turkish




Listening Reading Spoken




English C2 C2 C2 C2 C2

Swedish A1 A2 A1 A1 A1

German A1 A1 A1 A1 A1

Levels: A1 and A2: Basic user - B1 and B2: Independent user - C1 and C2: Proficient user/ Common European Framework of Reference for Languages COMMUNICATION SKILLS

• Good communication skills with students gained through my experience as teaching assistant and workshop lecturer

• Excellent contact skills through my sports background and organization experiences ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS

• Good team-leading skills gained as city planning, architecture and design project teams and rock climbing teams

• Good organizational skills gained as organizer of workshops, exhibitions and juries, responsible for designing poster, announcing to universities and organizing and designing spaces.

• Being a part of international organizations for sport climbing and boulder competitions are improved co-work skills.


Rock Climbing, Knitting, Traditional Toy Design, Craft, Sculpture, Sketching. 4


2005, Bursa “in memory of Omer Kalkanlı: Boulder Compitation”- mansion 2005, Ankara “Sport Climbing Competition”- mansion RECOMMENDERS

Prof. Dr. A. Nuri Basoglu (Vice Rector of Izmir Institute of Technology) Phone: +90-532-***-**-**


Dr. Nilufer Talu (Thesis Advisor, Instructor in Izmir Institute of Technology) Phone: +90-555-***-**-**


Asst. Prof. Engin Duran (Vice Dean of the Department of Architecture and Head of the Engineering Management Department

Phone: +90-506-***-**-**


Asst. Prof. Koray Velibeyoglu (Head of IYTE-SEM (Continuing Education Center) of Izmir Institute of Technology

Phone: +90-533-***-**-**


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