Güvenç Özel is an architect, technologist and researcher. He is a lead faculty member and Program Advisor of IDEAS, a multidisciplinary research and development platform in UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and the principal of Ozel Office, an interdisciplinary design practice located in Los Angeles, USA. His work is at the intersection of architecture, technology, media and research on urban culture. A native of Turkey, Özel studied architecture, sculpture, and philosophy in Bennington College. In addition, he holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he graduated with multiple awards. Prior to establishing his own practice and research, he worked in the architecture offices of Rafael Vinoly, Jürgen Mayer H. and Frank Gehry, among others. 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. He formerly taught at Yale University, Woodbury University and University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His recent work has been heavily published in online and print media such as CNN, BBC, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Architectural Digest, Wired, Gizmodo, Creators Project/ Vice, Dwell, Designboom, among others. His recent design and research on 3D printing was awarded one of the top prizes at NASA’s 3D Printed Habitats Competition. At UCLA IDEAS, besides teaching his own masters design studio, he continues his research on 3D printing, computation, virtual reality, robotics, interactive spaces and sensing interfaces with support from leading companies such as Autodesk, Microsoft, Oculus and others.