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Dr Ayse Ozbil Torun

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Ayse Ozbil Torun Senior LecturerDr. Ayşe Özbil Torun received her B.Sc. (2000) and M.Arch (2002) degrees in Architecture from Yıldız Technical University and Middle East Technical University respectively. She obtained her Ph.D. (2010) degree in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology with dissertation titled “Walking to the Station: The Effects of Street Connectivity on Walkability and Access to Transit”.  During her Ph.D. studies she taught architectural design studio for 4 consecutive years at Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture. Before joining Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer, Dr. Özbil Torun worked at Okan University Department of Architecture as an assistant professor and at Özyeğin University as an Associate Professor between 2010 and 2013 and between 2013 and 2017 respectively. She currently teaches at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, including Architectural History & Theory, Design studio, and PhD and MSc supervision.  

 

Dr. Ozbil Torun`s research interests mainly lie in the fields of spatial modeling and urban form analysis using space syntax techniques. Her work is directed towards pedestrian-friendly neighborhood and street design strategies enhancing active transportation in cities. Her recent studies have focused on walkability and obesity, transit-oriented planning, and design of sustainable cities. Dr. Özbil Torun has been a member of the editorial board of Urban Design International since 2012, and her work has been published nationally and internationally.

 

Campus Address

Ellison Building C202
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Children’s Active School Travel: Examining the Combined Perceived and Objective Built-Environment Factors from Space Syntax, Ozbil, A., Yesiltepe, D., Argin, G., Rybarczyk, G. 2 Jan 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Children’s Experiences of Their Journey to School: Integrating Behaviour Change Frameworks to Inform the Role of the Built Environment in Active School Travel Promotion, Michail, N., Ozbil, A., Parnell, R., Wilkie, S. 8 May 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Computer models of saliency alone fail to predict subjective visual attention to landmarks during observed navigation, Yesiltepe, D., Ozbil Torun, A., Coutrot, A., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H., Conroy Dalton, R. 2 Jan 2021, In: Spatial Cognition and Computation
  • Landmarks in wayfinding: a review of the existing literature, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A. 1 Aug 2021, In: Cognitive Processing
  • A Study on Visual and Structural Characteristics of Landmarks and Experts’ and Non-experts’ Evaluations, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Coutrot, A., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 25 Aug 2020, German Conference on Spatial Cognition, Springer
  • Home and School Environmental Correlates of Childhood BMI, Ozbil, A., Yesiltepe, D., Argin, G. 1 Mar 2020, In: Journal of Transport and Health
  • Measuring the relationship between spatial configuration, diversity and user behavior: A Post Occupancy Evaluation study in Istanbul’s peripheral districts, Ozbil Torun, A., Yesiltepe, D., Erten, S., Ozer, O., Gurleyen, T., Zunbuloglu, E. 29 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Design for Resilience in Architecture and Planning
  • Physiological responses to urban design during bicycling: A naturalistic investigation, Rybarczyk, G., Ozbil Torun, A., Andresen, E., Hayes, Z. 1 Jan 2020, In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
  • Redefining Global and Local Landmarks: When Does a Landmark Stop Being Local and Become a Global One?, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Torun, A., Noble, S., Dalton, N., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 1 Jan 2020, Spatial Cognition - 12th International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2020, Proceedings, Springer
  • Understanding Cognitive Saliency by Using an Online Game, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 1 Jan 2020, Spatial Cognition - 12th International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2020, Proceedings, Springer

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Publication Peer-review: Environment & Planning B (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: Heliyon (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Transport and Health (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture (Journal) 2016
  • Editorial work: Urban Design International (Journal) 2012

PGR Supervision

  • Demet Yesiltepe The relationship between wayfinding performance, spatial layout and landmarks in virtual environments Start Date: 31/10/2019 End Date: 19/07/2021
  • Heba Sarhan Architectural Space and The Reproduction of Domestic Ideals: Negotiating Contemporary Domesticity in The Tyneside Flat Start Date: 31/10/2019
  • Nafsika Michail Children’s journeys to school: the role of the built environment in promoting active travel behaviours. Start Date: 01/10/2018

Qualifications

Architecture PhD December 18 2010


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