Student / Alumni
Irmak Turan

Irmak Turan is an architect, researcher, and PhD student in the MIT Building Technology program, and a member of the Sustainable Design Lab. Her current work, with Professor Christoph Reinhart, quantifies the real estate value of architectural design measures in the urban built environment. 

Irmak received her Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) from MIT in 2016. Her master's thesis explores construction material use and recycling in cities through the lens of urban metabolism. 

Prior to coming to MIT, Irmak practiced as a sustainable design consultant for six years. She was a member of Buro Happold’s Sustainability team in New York, and later served as an environmental designer at Henning Larsen Architects in Istanbul. 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 holds a Bachelor of Art in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Columbia University. She 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.

2016 SMArchS Thesis: From Sink to Stock: The Potential for Recycling Materials from the Existing Built Environment