Atakan Guven studied Geomatics at UCL (1998) where he gained a broad understanding in methods of spatial data acquisition, ranging from terrestrial survey equipment through close range and aerial photography to satellite surveying. It was with this experience that he led and participated in urban design projects from Chicago to South East Turkey.
Prior to joining Space Syntax, Atakan held a Research Officer position with LSE Cities and the Urban Age project at the London School of Economics and Political Science. While at the LSE he led a collaborative research project with the London Development Agency, The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, exploring planning challenges facing the Randstad in Holland and South East England.
Atakan joined Space Syntax in February 2013 as an Associate. He has over 10 years’ experience working in the urban research and policy field with a focus on utilising GIS and other analytical packages to research and implement urban design strategies. Using an evidence-based,
multi-actor approach, he has worked on projects at varying scales from the neighbourhood to the metropolitan level.
Currently Atakan is part of a team that is working on the sub-regional and structural planning of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Here he utilises his array of research techniques, policy analysis and management skills to create and foster an environment that draws on best practices and collaborative engagements.
Education, Awards & Appointments
2013 Honorary Research Staff, The Bartlett, UCL
2012 Advisor with ‘Planning Aid’, Royal Town Planning Institute
2010 Advisor for ‘Openvizor’, Istanbul Urban Regeneration Project
2008 Member of Senator Barack Obama’s ‘Urban Policy Commitee’
2006 Advisor for the ‘Resurrection Community Project’ Chicago
2000 Lead Surveyor, UN mission in Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia
1998 MSc Geomatic Engineering UCL
1996 Bachelor of Arts, UCL