Hayrettin Günç joined NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiatives as a program manager in 2019 to contribute to GDCI’s efforts in promoting safe, equitable, and sustainable cities through better street design. He will be working on an upcoming Safe Speeds publication and crosscutting BIGRS initiatives.
Hayrettin is an architect and urban designer from Istanbul. He received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has since been working at the intersection of urban design, placemaking and data visualization. Prior to joining NACTO, he practiced as an urban designer and project manager at Team Better Block, where his work focused on the exploration of short-term local events to temporarily improve the physical and economic conditions of neighborhood-scale urban areas. In addition to his work at Team Better Block, Hayrettin gained research experience working at the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT, where his collaborative work highlighted urban phenomena through data visualization and interactive design. During his time at the lab, he managed projects that focused on the interaction between design and human behavior.
Before coming to the US, Hayrettin co-founded Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture for All), an Istanbul based non-profit which identifies and initiates projects that address societal problems in Turkey and come up with creative ways to serve the public using design and architecture.