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, daily furniture.

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

For contact, please email ipekkay@gmail.com


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 Department of Interior Architecture, 2010
  • MIMED 2008, 2nd Year Category – Encouragement Award


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

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

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

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

ITU Vakfı Sedat Üründül Kindergarten
Drawing and Playing