Deniz was born in Turkey, 1989. She graduated from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Department of Architecture in 2016. She has completed her master's degree with the thesis entitled as An Examination About the Play Potential of Space in June 2019. 

Last year she got an offer from the University of Warwick, Creative Studies Department for the PhD with the research proposal focusing on sketching as a multidisciplinary art and performative act. But she has not started yet.  She is also interested in play, playful urban utopias and learning environments.

She is also working as a postgraduate representative at Children's History Society based in the UK.


Conferences, Publications and Projects


Discovering the Layers of Memory within the Context of Storytelling. The Power of Storytelling Conference, University of Cambridge, UK. (2022, May 26)

The Transformations of Learning Spaces through the Play. Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference, Education Department, University of Oxford, UK. (2021, May 27)

Who wants to Design the Whole City as a Playground? Play, Recovery and Urban Space, RGS-IBG Conference, University of Newcastle, UK. (2022, September) 

The Layers of Memory in the works of Shaun Tan. Graphic Brighton 2022, Comics by and for Young People, University of Brighton, UK.

Designing Schools as a Playful Matter: Reconsidering the effects of learning spaces on children's psychology through the philosophy of play. ECR Conference, British Psychology Society, UK. (2021, Nov 10)

How Spatial Memory Works in Childhood? Domus Centre and History of Education Society,
University of Birmingham, UK. (2021, Nov 6)

Arriving somewhere between playful Utopias and nomadic Personality. In: Designabilities Design Research Journal, (5) 2020.

Looking for a multidisciplinary and performative architectural Sketch. In: Designabilities Design Research Journal, (07) 2019.