Alexis Şanal holds a Bachelor of Architecture 1995 from Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Master of City Planning 2002 from MIT. Her passion is exploring living culture and built environments that blend contemporary urban realm with timeless physical and natural contexts to create imaginative and meaningful experiences. Her recent efforts in this sense include creating HEY! Imaginable Guidelines Istanbul, 'Pazar-Making', revealing ‘pazars’ as a man-made generative approach to tactical urbanism and re-thinking public libraries as enablers of localised knowledge communities.
She is the recipient of a 2014 Graham Foundation research grant and has exhibited works at the MAXXI Rome, Istanbul Modern, and Garanti Galeri. Her studio’s internationally award-winning works include Sishane Park, SALT Research, and “Pazar- Making” as well as creative campus designs like BU Rasathane Master Plan and Bomontiada. Each of these projects reflects how the design of an interconnected public realm can shift possibilities and create a participative platform for advancing communities’ shared futures.