Bengi Turgan: Building Design Communities

Bengi Turgan: Building Design Communities

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Bengi is the co-CEO of ATÖLYE, a strategic design and innovation consultancy based in Istanbul and Dubai, which helps organizations tackle complex challenges to create lasting impact using a unique community-centered approach.

Before joining ATÖLYE, Bengi served as studio director and head of creative innovation and design at Deloitte Digital in Turkey, where she led efforts around service design, UX design, innovation strategy and more. She has had tremendous influence in developing service design and UX design competences in Turkey.

Bengi is a second-generation leader at ATÖLYE, founded a decade ago by Kerem Alper and Engin Ayaz. ATÖLYE operates a unique, international design practice, and among other achievements, they have their place as a member of the Kyu Collective alongside giants of the design industry like IDEO, Sid Lee, and Godfrey Dadich.

Books Mentioned


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 02:17 Bengi’s story
  • 19:56 Service design success stories
  • 29:08 Bengi meets ATÖLYE
  • 33:50 What is ATÖLYE?
  • 48:50 ATÖLYE's clients
  • 54:39 Teaching and leadership
  • 59:49 ATÖLYE's design philosophy
  • 1:03:22 Bengi's influences
  • 1:04:39 Advice for young designers
  • 1:09:10 Book recommendations
  • 1:12:13 To be replaceable
  • 1:13:45 Closing

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Mehmet Aydın Baytaş

Mehmet Aydın Baytaş


Mehmet is the founder of Design Disciplin. He has been designing and building since 2005, and spent 10 years as academic computer scientist and design researcher.