Guvenc Ozel is an architect, artist and technologist. He was born in 1980 in İzmir and lives and works in LA. He is a lead faculty member of IDEAS, a multidisciplinary research and development platform in UCLA A.UD, and the principal of Ozel Office, an interdisciplinary design practice located in Los Angeles. His work is at the intersection of architecture, technology and media.
His projects and experimental installations were exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA and Europe such as Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and The Saatchi Gallery in London.
His recent design and research on 3D printing was award- ed one of the top prizes at NASA’s 3D Printed Habitats Competition. His latest installation Cypher, an interactive soft robotic sculpture that teleports the user to its interior through Virtual Reality, was sponsored by Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence Program and debuted at SXSW. At UCLA IDEAS, besides teaching his own masters design studio, he continues his research on virtual reality, robotics, interactive spaces and sensing interfaces with support from leading companies such as Autodesk, Microsoft, Oculus and others.