Associate Principal / Design Director
Contrary to many architects who grew up knowing what they would do someday, Mete never even considered being one. He was certainly destined to be a scientist. After all, as a child he was fascinated with science, spending countless hours reading articles, books and basically whatever he could find during the pre-Internet era. Among them all, a twenty-four-volume encyclopedia about science and technology that his parents bought for his sixth birthday was definitely his favorite thing to read over and over again besides the books by Jules Verne, of course. For him, it was always fascinating to figure out how things worked, and more interestingly, formed and designed.
This curiosity was the fundamental drive for Mete when he did become an architect. He found the profession to be the ultimate puzzle where many different elements and trades come together in perfect harmony to create things and spaces. Mete fell in love with architecture as it offered him a unique realm with not only a hugely technical aspect but also an artistic one where he could finally fully enjoy and employ his design skills.
Today, Mete is an award-winning designer with extensive international experience on a variety of project types ranging from interior design to large scale projects. He has led or contributed to numerous projects in the US, Middle East and Asia throughout his 15-plus year career as an architect.
He believes in architecture’s capacity to create a better world. With every project he is involved in, Mete tries to bring this vision to design outstanding spaces that reach beyond conventional expectations. He enjoys utilizing a design approach that is based on thorough analysis and research and engages all aspects of design. He strives for excellence through continuous collaboration with clients, consultants and the design team.
In 2008 he co-founded Nemestudio, a collaborative design think-tank that produces projects, ideas and installations about architecture, city and the environment. Nemestudio’s work has been widely published and exhibited internationally. In addition to his professional work, Mete has taught design studios and is a frequent guest critic at schools such as Harvard University, Rice University, Boston Architecture College and the University of Houston.
Mete holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Istanbul Technical University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). After graduating from Harvard GSD, he worked at two internationally renowned architectural practices based in Boston, HSALUD and MSA. Prior to moving to the US, Mete worked at Erginoglu Calislar Architecture in Turkey, where he collaborated on several award-winning projects.