Innovation designer combining design thinking and strategy with a hands-on design approach.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Ilayda works across media and scale to improve human behavior and conditions.

She works in-between digital and hands-on physical world, merging her spatial and experiential knowledge with strategic design thinking. She has worked in multi-disciplinary design and architecture studios, where she engaged in different parts of the research and design development stages as well as execution.


-> Global Innovation Design, MA & MSc
    at Royal College of Art & Imperial College

   Fall 2021 at Pratt Institute, Industrial Design
   Summer 2021 at Keio University Graduate School of Media Design

-> Bachelor of Architecture, BArch
    at the University of Southern California
    Spring 2018 at Università degli Studi di Roma Tre

Work Experience

Nov 2022 - September 2023
->  Experiential Designer at Immersive

June 2021 - Feb 2022
->  Design Strategist at TOGG, Future of Electric Vehicles

Oct 2019 - May 2020
->  Architectural Designer at Bureau Spectacular

Dec 2018 - Dec 2020
->  Creative Director and Co-Founder at Flux House

June - July 2018
->  Course Assistant at USC Architecture School

June - September 2017
->   Marketing & Communications Associate at SELMACILEK 

June - July 2016
->   Architectural Design Intern at Emre Arolat Architects (EAA)

Awards & Features

-> 2023, ‘Data Box’ Installation at the National Science Museum of Thailand

-> 2021, Winner of ‘Designing the New Extraordinary’ by OPPO X RCA, with C-Earth

-> 2021, London Design Festival, New Contracts Exhibition

-> 2021, Artfulliving Magazine, Interview

-> 2021, Winner of RCA Grand Challenge ‘Design for Safety’ by RCA x Logitech, with MOWO

-> 2021, ‘The Future Happened: Designing the Future of Music’, LADdesign x CCA x Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

-> 2014-2019, Merit Scholar, Trojan Scholar Society at USC