WE ARE AN ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE STUDIO
We exist to empower organizations, teams, and people to adapt to the changing context and be pioneers of the new economy.
Our methodology lies at the intersection of “design” and “facilitation.”
Co–Founder, Strategic Designer & Facilitator
A true explorer at heart, Ayşesu collects clues, sees the relationships and creates an integrated design strategy for ara. She loves designing spaces where people find joy in discovering the “new”. An aha moment for her is when she notices people’s superpowers: she is the happiest when she sees people using their strengths in harmony.
After completing a B.A. degree in Economics from Boğaziçi University, she attended Designation – a digital design bootcamp in Chicago where she worked with tech startups on UX research and design. As a design researcher and strategist, she worked on projects of various scales ranging from digital design to product–service–system design and spatial design. The clients she worked with include Turkcell, Garanti, TEB, Koç Foundation, Zorlu Holding.
It didn’t take long Aysesu to discover her passion for a career in process design and facilitation. She designed and facilitated long-term innovation programs and more than 40 workshops with companies, NGOs, social innovators, social and creative entrepreneurs, and university students.
She finds pleasure in small rituals, ocean coasts, long dinners and queer parties.
Ceylan Uşaki Erali
Co–Founder, Social Designer & Facilitator
Ceylan is our mediator of peace and communication – both professionally and personally. She believes in the power of stories and enjoys opening spaces for dialogue. As the orchestrator of ara projects, she facilitates harmony among all stakeholders. She's the one who keeps projects on track and ensures things get done diligently.
She holds a B.A. degree in Product Design from Istanbul Technical University and M.A. degrees on Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven and Cultural Management from Istanbul Bilgi University. She contributed in numerous social impact–focused projects as social designer, coordinator and manager. She worked as a teaching assistant in Istanbul Bilgi University. She then spent a year in Morocco where she joined the community of the first co-working space (insane!) established in Casablanca designing and implementing creative urban workshops as well as contributing to strategic planning.
Returning to Istanbul, she joined the ATÖLYE team where she was mainly responsible for managing and facilitating learning and incubation programs for both social innovators and students in multi-stakeholder environments.
She enjoys having spontaneous conversations with strangers, watching her plants grow, and finds peace near the sea.
Ece’s expertise in visual design and her background in psychology makes her our design therapist at ara. As a true–storyteller at heart, she thinks in words and pictures. Her magic in storytelling lies behind her infinite curiosity to make sense of complexities. She listens deeply to bring out the essence in seemingly complicated ideas. Be it writing a simple phrase or developing a comprehensive brand identity, she brings joy to everything she creates.
Ece is a Brand Identity Designer, Illustrator & Children’s Book Author. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Virginia. She also completed a portfolio program specializing in Art Direction in Miami Ad School, San Francisco. After a career in Advertising as an Art Director in New York and Istanbul (360i and Blab), Ece shifted gears to be able to work on more impact–oriented projects and joined ATÖLYE as the team’s first official graphic designer.
Since then, she has created her own brand as a specialist in creating visual identity systems for organizations that focus on community–building, communication, education, childhood development, technology, social impact and sustainability. Her work is driven by a desire to make people feel more connected through helping brands with a social mission to tell their stories.
She is a serial–doodler, a music lover and a comedy nerd. She is also a little obsessed her terrier Yulaf (Oat).
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We are stronger together with our–long term partners that we share values with.
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