Zeynep Göksel
Senior Designer
Zeynep is originally from Turkey, and grew up in Israel and Lebanon, most recently in Beirut. As a designer and planner, she is inspired by the layered qualities that landscape architecture and design can offer public urban life across multiple scales. Her passion for international and multiscalar work is complemented by evolving interests in landscape analysis, mapping and representation as tools for advancing design inquiry. Recent work has focused on coastal landscapes, with a specific interest in connecting experiential, material and performative moments and elements to wider public infrastructures. She credits her appreciation of ephemeral landscape qualities to witnessing the impact of post-war devastation in Lebanon. These events have also instilled in her the belief that the transformative power of design comes with a responsibility to adapt and engage shifting political and socioeconomic conditions and boundaries.

Zeynep earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in architectural studies, economics and Middle Eastern history from Sarah Lawrence College in 2011. In 2018, she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, where she received the Addison G. Crowley, B.L. Arch ’38 Prize, the ASLA New York Upstate Chapter Distinguished Student Award, and the Merit Award in the Department of Landscape Architecture. During her time at Cornell, Zeynep was also the recipient of two teaching assistantships and several travel awards, including the E. Gorton Davis Fellowship (Havana), the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies Travel Grant (Beirut), and grants through the Department of Art, Architecture & Planning and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Barcelona, Shanghai, and Brooklyn). Previously, she worked at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, and was the Communications Coordinator for OfficeUS, the project commissioned for the United States Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. She has also worked at Marpillero Pollak Architects. She joined MVVA in 2018.


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