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Dr Ayse Ozbil Torun

Senior Lecturer

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Wayfinding Research in Virtual Environments, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Dalton, N., Noble, S., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 8 Jul 2019
  • Comparative Associations of Street Network Design, Streetscape Attributes and Land-Use Characteristics on Pedestrian Flows in Peripheral Neighbourhoods, Ozbil, A., Gurleyen, T., Yesiltepe, D., Zunbuloglu, E. 24 May 2019, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Pedestrianised Commercial Areas, Vialard, A., Ozbil Torun, A. 7 Jul 2019
  • Usage of Landmarks in Virtual Environments for Wayfinding, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A., Dalton, N., Noble, S., Hornberger, M., Coutrot, A., Spiers, H. 8 Jul 2019
  • A Quantitative Investigation of the Factors Affecting Patterns of Occupation in a Suburban Campus: The Case of Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Ozbil Torun, A., Gocer, O., Bakovic, M., Gocer, K. Jul 2018, In: Archnet-IJAR
  • Introduction of a spatio-temporal mapping based POE method for outdoor spaces, Gocer, O., Gocer, K., Basol, A., Kirac, F., Ozbil Torun, A., Bakovic, M., Siddiqui, F., Ozcan, B. Nov 2018, In: Building and Environment
  • Kent dışı bir üniversite kampüsünün dış mekânlarında ısıl konfor, kullanım ve mekân dizim analizi, Gocer, O., Ozbil Torun, A., Bakovic, M. 12 Sep 2018, In: Journal of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Gazi University
  • Understanding the Effect of Global and Local Landmarks through the Use of Mobile Technology/a Mobile-based game, Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Ozbil Torun, A. 5 Jul 2018
  • The effects of street network configuration and street-level urban design on route-choice behaviour: an analysis of elementary school students walking to/from school in Istanbul, Argin, G., Yesiltepe, D., Ozbil Torun, A. 2017, Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa


Architecture PhD December 18 2010

PGR Supervision

  • Heba Sarhan Architectural space and the reproduction of domestic ideals: families negotiating contemporary domesticity in the Tyneside Flat Start: 31/10/2019
  • Nafsika Michail Start: 01/10/2018
  • Demet Yesiltepe Start: 31/10/2019


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