Kutan Ayata is an architect and a design critic practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner/co-director of the architecture and urban design practice of Young & Ayata.
Kutan was a fellow at Princeton University School of Architecture and earned his Masters of Architecture degree in 2004 as a recipient of the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Thesis Prize. While at Princeton, he represented the School of Architecture in the FIPSE academic exchange programs in Los Angeles and Paris, in addition to an academic/professional exercise to rethink the future of Midtown-West Manhattan initiated by the Newman Real Estate Institute of New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture in 1999 from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
Prior to forming Young & Ayata, Kutan worked at Reiser + Umemoto, where he was the lead project architect for the O-14 Tower in Dubai. In addition, he performed as a project designer in a number of widely published projects and competition entrees of the firm in Asia, Middle East and North America. Kutan previously practiced in the offices of Agrest & Gandelsonas in New York City and Friedrich St. Florian Architect in Providence. His international professional experience includes projects for urban scale master-plans, cultural institutions, transportation buildings, commercial/mix-use high-rises and high-end residences. He is a registered architect in the Chamber of Architects in Turkey.
Currently, Kutan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in GAUD, teaching comprehensive design studio; and at Columbia University in GSAPP, teaching advanced drawing and representation. Previously he tought undergraduate option studios at NJIT, performed as a teaching assistant at Princeton University and at the Cooper Union.