Program Manager, Global Designing Cities Initiative, NACTO
Hayrettin Günç is a New York City-based architect and urban designer. He joined NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative as a program manager in 2019 to contribute to GDCI’s efforts in promoting safe, equitable, and sustainable cities through better street design.
Prior to joining NACTO, 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. Hayrettin practiced as an urban designer and project manager at Team Better Block, where his work focused on the exploration of tactical urbanism projects 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 moving to the United States, 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.