About ipek kay

ipek kay

İpek Kay is a designer, holds a PhD (2021) from Istanbul Technical University. She is co-founder of MONNOM, which is a novel digitally-enhanced narrative environment that activates children to physically move while they create their own rules and play materials. Her research focuses on exploring a possible future of digitally augmented narrative platforms, by forming a dynamic environment that includes visual language and flexible content structure. She has published and presented her research internationally. She was also giving lectures in the undergraduate interior design studio at MEF University and Bilgi University.

İpek is also the co-founder of Pekka Studio working within the fields of interior architecture and daily furniture.

She also draws illustrations for children’s books and publishes her visual stories in kiwiiunderlandet.

For contact, please email [email protected]


? Children in Museums and Playful Experiences, InnoMaDE Webinar Programme, November 24, 2022, Thursday, 20:00 – 21:00

? Designing for Children’s Play, Inclusive Interiors Talks, Özyeğin University, November 21, 2022, Monday

Physical Movement, Everyday Objects, Digital Play: Monnom, Participatory and Playful approaches to Social Innovation Symposium, Organized by Lab for Social Design & Lab for Design-for-Play, Design School Kolding, June 15, 2022

“From Everyday Objects to the Digital Play: Monnom”, ITU Architectural Design Computing Program, Thursday Meeting & Seminar, December 23, 2021

Yerden Yüksek : Açık Radyo 95.0 (Hazırlayan ve sunan: Gizem Kıygı)
Play Monnom: Sanal ve Gerçek Mekan Arasında Oyun, October 27, 2021


Ph.D., Architectural Design Computing Programme, Istanbul Technical University, 2021
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Mine Özkar
Thesis Title: Designing Digitally-Enhanced Environments for Children’s Play with Everyday Objects

M.S., Architectural Design Programme, Istanbul Technical University, 2013
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Mine Özkar
Thesis Title:  Design That Dwells In Time: Designing Active Learning Places For Children

Chalmers University of  Technology, Architecture and Urban Design
Erasmus student (2011-2012, Fall Term)

B.Sc., Interior Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, 2010


Tübitak 1512 Entrepreneurship Support Program (BİGG), 2021 November-2022 November
Çocukların Anlatı Kurması için Dijital Bir Platform

İTÜ Çekirdek Big Bang Start-up Challenge, 2020
Quarter Finalist with Monnom: Çocuklar için Dijital Anlatı Kurma Ortamı


  • TUBITAK, National scholarship for PhD students (2013-2018)
  • TUBITAK, National scholarship for Master students (2010-2013)
  • Ranked First in her Graduating Class  in the Department of Interior Architecture, in 2010
  • MIMED 2008, 2nd Year Category – Encouragement Award


Sakıp Sabancı Museum, SSM Learning Programs, July 2022
Hockney’s Digital Garden Workshop

6. Children and Youth Art Biennial, Istanbul, 2022
Magical Garden, Interactive Installation for Children

Pera Museum, Kids Learning Programme, Online Workshops, 2022
Fantastic Residents of Byzantium
Designing Pop-Up Cities with Paper

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Virtual Illustrator Wall, 2020
“Blue Mountain”

Istanbul Modern Museum, Art Maker Lab Meet-Up Events
Digital Stories Workshop

ITU Vakfı Sedat Üründül Kindergarten
Drawing and Playing