ATÖLYE is a 21st-century creative organization that embeds an award-winning Strategic Design Studio and an Academy within a Vibrant Creative Hub. Founded in Istanbul in 2014, ATÖLYE champions a new model for the creative services industry— a “membrane organization” that is fueled by the diversity of its community, scarcity of its space, and permeability of its system.


While the Strategic Design Studio tackles wicked problems in the fields of design, architecture, technology and innovation, the Creative Hub houses a community of 150+ practitioners who come together in a shared space to learn from one another, connect with fellow creatives, and collaborate on impactful projects.


In April 2019, ATÖLYE joined kyu, a collective of the leading creative organizations in the world whose purpose is to be a source of creativity that propels the economy and society forward.


ATÖLYE’s Principles


We curate so we can better co-create.
We make informed decisions about the people we invite in, the projects we work on, and the organizations we collaborate with. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors but they share one important trait: an insatiable desire to better themselves and the communities that surround them.


We live, work and learn in a constant state of flow.
Our system has ill-defined boundaries by design, which allows for a steady flow of people, ideas, and perspectives. Our processes expand and contract to adapt to situations as needed, meaning we are always pushing the limits of our permeability—across geographies, projects, and industries.


We grow individually to mature as a whole.
We are committed to nourishing the notion of a growth mindset in a holistic way. We invest in the development of individuals and organizations by co-creating the necessary tools, methods, and environments that allow us to continuously shift and grow together.


About the Job—Senior Lead, Architectural Design & Spatial Strategy


ATÖLYE’s Architectural Design team designs working, learning and production environments by placing user needs, future scenarios and interaction areas at the center. Our Practice starts with refining the brief, immersing in extensive design research and then develop conceptual directions by collaborating with various project partners and stakeholders.


This is a critical leadership role and we are looking for an inspiring Senior Lead who can spearhead our Architectural Design Practice, lead projects and business development efforts, and last but not least coach our talented Architectural Design team and help them grow.


Main Responsibilities

  • Collaborating with the Co-founders, defining the 2021 vision and strategy for the practice
  • Managing end-to-end architectural and design-based projects and developing partnerships
  • Fostering great relationships with our partners and clients and leading business development efforts in a way that spatial design projects and CNVS as strengthen each other
  • Owning the agile management of the team’s workflows and coordination
  • Fostering a a trust-based collaboration within the team and coaching the team on their personal development and wellbeing
  • Managing financial and legal activities related to the practice including but not limited to defining and monitoring the annual budget
  • Representing ATÖLYE at national and international conferences



  • Minimum 8-10 years of professional experience, ideally in a wide range of work contexts
  • Outstanding written/verbal communication skills in English
  • International education and work experience preferred
  • Experience in working with educational / workspace / innovation spatial typologies preferred
  • Strong client and account management experience, ability to lead projects both on content and relationship level
  • Excellent conceptual design skills rooted in rigorous research
  • Experience of managing different stakeholders in projects in coordination with the project team (customer, engineering and site teams)
  • Great team management and coaching skills
  • Aptitude for teamwork and agile delivery
  • Strong knowledge on design tools such as Rhino, Autocad and Adobe Creative Suite. Revit & BIM experience preferred.
  • Interest in working on product/furniture level design alongside architectural work


What do we offer?

  • An inspiring and dynamic environment as part of an interdisciplinary community
  • The opportunity to work in strategic projects with leading institutions in Turkey and beyond
  • A transdisciplinary workflow that promotes constant learning
  • A competitive total compensation package with potential for long-term upside
  • Private health insurance, meal card, and year-end bonus


A note regarding job location


ATÖLYE’s Istanbul space is located in bomontiada and its Dubai space will soon launch in march 2021 in the Emirates Towers. However, due to the ongoing global pandemic, the ATÖLYE team is working remotely until June 30, 2021. Team members are advised to visit our venues only if they are working on a specific project that requires them to be together in a physical space. The applicants to this position need to be available to work in-person at our Istanbul space after June 2021.

Senior Lead, Architectural Design & Spatial Strategy