Hey there! My name is Nese, which means joy in Turkish. I am a fifth-year Architecture student and a senior scholar of M.A. and Lila Self Leadership Academy at IIT. I am currently serving as a Marketing Assistant in the Office of Campus Life and the Student Director of the American Institute of Architects Illinois Chapter.
I have been actively involved with organizations in Architecture and Design such as the American Institute of Architecture Student (AIAS) and the National Organizations of Minority Architects (NOMA) since my freshman year. For AIAS, at the national level, I served as the Council of Global Representatives Committee Member (2019-2020) and Committee Chair (2020-2021). At the regional level, which is the IIT Chapter of AIAS, I served as the Events Committee Chair (2019-2020) and the Chapter President (2020-2021).
On the other hand, I was a part of the Student Design Competition Team of NOMASiit -student chapter of NOMA at IIT- in 2020. As a member of I-NOMA (Illinois Chapter of NOMA) I have been volunteering in the Project Pipeline initiative as a mentor for the last two years. This summer I interned at Quinn Evans -an architecture firm- in Washington DC, representing NOMA as part of the Noma Foundation Fellowship 2022 Cohort.
Little (maybe even fun?) facts about me: my favorite color is turquoise, being near/in water makes me happy, I don’t know how to bike but I am good at sailing, I am interested in photography and film. Also…I believe our names influence our personalities, so if you don’t know the meaning of your name already, google it, please :)