A transdisciplinary innovation platform. We believe that we are exploring a novel territory. As a transdisciplinary innovation platform, we are not only a creative hub with a real estate business at its core, or a design consultancy
focusing on client work. In our case the hub and the studio form an indispensable, symbiotic whole.

ATÖLYE is an academic spin-off project with ties to Stanford and NYU Tisch ITP.  While the former institution provides a design thinking and social impact mindset, the latter offers digital-physical prototyping know-how and a critical maker approach. Over the last four years, we have traversed through an interesting journey which taught us: ‘Build Community, Space Will Come.’ Situated at the core of our practice, our strategic design studio consists of 30 strategists and designers geared towards tackling innovation on multiple scales. With a clear intent on transdisciplinarity, we love addressing wicked problems that deal with conflicting paradigms, stakeholder complexity and emergent processes.

In our approach, we combine strategy with design at three different levels: organizations, product-service- systems and platforms. We first engage with organizations at a strategic level, discovering challenges, mapping
opportunities and envisioning a jointly desirable future. We then guide them through their organizational transformation journey, or develop new product service systems. We are fluent with scales and enjoy working
across digital, product or spatial design, all of which form holistic human experiences. We also thrive on developing new platforms that combine all of the above. For all projects, we take great care in diligent impact
assessment to become a learning organization. We also emphasize strategic communication to contribute to a learning society.

Our studio is surrounded by three components of a creative hub: community, event venue and makerlab. Our community of 150 individuals and organizations is rigorously curated with clear criteria pertaining to diversity and interaction level and is housed under the same roof. This community serves as a backbone for executing projects, catalyzing co-learning through feedback sessions, and enabling serendipitous new collaborations. Our makerlab, as part of the global MIT Fab Lab network, fuels a culture of prototyping with a diverse set of tools and workshops. It also enables us to reach out to young and restless minds with residency programs. Our venue allows immersive co-design processes with clients and external stakeholders. It also serves a public-facing front and a channel for critical content creation around design, technology and entrepreneurship.

Combining these forces, we have done projects that have been funded on Kickstarter, won global design awards and raised the largest-to- date social investment grant in Turkey. We have been also acknowledged by Stanford as their most influential spinoff for 2014. Looking forward, we are focusing on cultivating a ‘decelerator mindset’ and a tailor-made assemblage of values, both of which will catapult us in executing high-impact projects
regarding the future of working, learning and living.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
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