Irmak Turan



Ph.D. in Building Technology, MIT

M.S. in Building Technology, MIT

B.A. in Architecture and B.S. in Civil Engineering, Columbia University


Building Systems, Environmental Design, Building Performance


Irmak Turan, Ph.D., is a designer and building scientist examining the impact of buildings on societal and environmental systems across spatial and temporal scales.  She explores new ways of combining statistical, analytical, and design methods to study the effects of buildings on people and the planet. In her current research, Irmak evaluates the economic value of design. Her doctoral dissertation measures the rent premium of daylight and views in urban office spaces. The work merges methods of computational building performance simulation and real estate econometrics using spatial and quantitative city-wide data.

Irmak practiced for six years as an environmental designer with Buro Happold in New York and Henning Larsen Architects in Istanbul. She worked on cultural, educational, residential, and commercial projects in every phase of design and construction. She developed integrated design strategies to improve the projects' environmental performance and administered their LEED and Living Building Challenge certification processes. In her current work, Irmak engages with professionals in industry by collaborating on applied research and presenting at industry forums such as Greenbuild, the AIA Center for Architecture, and the Urban Green Council in New York City.

Irmak received her Ph.D. (2020) and M.S. (2016) in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds both a B.A. in Architecture and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University. Her research has been supported by the MIT Presidential Fellowship, the Martin Society for Sustainability Fellowship, the International Building Performance Simulation Association Scholarship, and Behnisch Architekten. For her master’s thesis, Irmak was awarded the MIT Department of Architecture SMArchS Thesis Prize and a Commended Paper Award at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference.