Onur Yüce Gün, Computational Designer, New Balance Athletics

Onur Yüce Gün is a globally recognized computational designer and researcher who believes only critical and embodied approaches in computational design can produce meaningful and refined results. He employs his expertise in computational geometry and tool making, non-standard design, and digital manufacturing with a dedicated inquiry into ambiguity, embodiment and wandering. Onur holds a Ph.D. and a masters degree from the Design and Computation Group in MIT’s Department of Architecture. While his master’s thesis concentrates on computational aesthetics, his PhDPh.D.search introduces a painting workflow that fuses analog and digital modes of visual-making.

Early in his career, Onur instituted and directed Kohn Pedersen Fox NY’s Computational Geometry Group. Later he joined Istanbul Bilgi University as the director of undergraduate studies in the School of Architecture. Onur has taught at RISD, at UAI Santiago, mentored at the Pratt Institute and UPenn, and acted as a senior tutor for Smart Geometry Group in New York, Munich, and San Francisco. He conducted numerous international workshops and lectured worldwide. Onur’s work has been internationally published, exhibited and awarded. His papers won awards at eCAADe and CAADRIA. His work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture AIA New York Chapter, at SIGGRAPH, at Centre Pompidou (AAG), at the Venice Biennale and at the Tokyo Gallery A4.

Currently, Onur is the first computational designer at New Balance Athletics, where he develops revolutionary footwear concepts, far-reaching visions, and design-innovation frameworks to advance the company’s design future.

Hear his talk “Parts for Wholes: A Critical Investigation of Digital Computing for Design

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