Student / Alumni
Irmak Turan is an architect and researcher in the area of environmental design. She is pursuing a PhD in Building Technology and is a member of the Sustainable Design Lab at MIT. Her current research, with Professor Christoph Reinhart, examines urban performance metrics and material use in the built environment.
Irmak received her Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) in the MIT Building Technology Program in 2016. Her master's thesis, with Professor John E. Fernández, explored construction material use and recycling in cities through the lens of urban metabolism.
Irmak practiced as a sustainable design consultant for six years before coming to MIT. She was a member of Buro Happold’s Sustainability team in New York from 2008 to 2012. She served as an internal sustainability advisor in the offices of Henning Larsen Architects and Tabanlıoğlu Architects in Istanbul, Turkey from 2012 to 2014. During her time in practice, Irmak worked on a range of international building and master planning projects in every phase of design and construction. She developed integrated strategies to improve performance in the areas of energy, water, materials, waste, human health and ecology. As a LEED Accredited Professional, she led the sustainability certification process on a number of cultural, educational, residential, and commercial projects.
Irmak has served as a research assistant and teaching assistant throughout her time at MIT. She has lectured on sustainable design principles at Cornell, Cooper Union, and the AIA Center for Architecture in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.
2016 SMArchS Thesis: From Sink to Stock: The Potential for Recycling Materials from the Existing Built Environment