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Department of Architecture



Yelda Gin is an architect, educator and researcher. From 2008 until 2015, she worked in London for Zaha Hadid Architects, ARUP and Cecil Balmond Studio on a range of critically-acclaimed international projects, such as the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku. Subsequently, she led design studio units and lectured at several universities in Istanbul while collaborating with architectural firms as a design director. Since fall 2019, she has supervised and lectured for BA architecture tripos courses and joined undergraduate and graduate design studio crits at the Department of Architecture, the University of Cambridge where she is concluding her PhD on digital design and fabrication with earth.

As a member of the team at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation, she has worked on design projects based on research with engineered timber and exhibited at the London Design Biennale. She is interested in the intersection of research, teaching and practice, with a focus on the juxtaposition of high-end technology with natural materials for addressing environmental challenges.

Design Fellow Year 2, Studio 5