Burak Taşdizen received his bachelor’s degree in 2014 and his master’s degree in 2017 from Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Design. Before joining Özyeğin University, he practiced graphic design as an in-house designer at a national publication house, and as an independent designer for a non-governmental organization. He has written for both academic and general audiences and has published psychogeographic readings and visual essays of the urban environment. In the past, he collaborated with Design Atelier Kadıköy [Tasarım Atölyesi Kadıköy], Mashallah News, Y-Peer Turkey [Sağlıkta Genç Yaklaşımlar Derneği], Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work [KEDV] and Nahıl Dükkan. Beside his academic practice, he remains an active collaborator of Design Atelier Kadıköy, and has worked and continues to work with women’s communities of making practices. Recently, he has written an ethnography of knitting practice over a women's knitting community as part of his graduate studies in Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University. Taşdizen is a DAAD Scholar, and speaks conversational German.
Research Interests: ethnographic research in design, amateur practices of making and design, communities of making practices, design for and with communities, material culture and consumption studies, men and masculinity studies, design publishing and curatorial practices in design.
PhD - Industrial Design, METU (ongoing)
Masters - Industrial Design, METU, 2017
Bachelors - Industrial Design, METU, 2014