Associate Professor Bige Tunçer

Assoc Prof Tuncer is the Capstone program director at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Director of the Informed Design Lab, which works on using data for informed architectural and urban spaces. Using computation, the lab looks at how they can strengthen and automate some things in urban design by building models and testing them better for human use, human perception, human comfort before actual constructions.

Our research aims to bring the knowledge and opinions of users in a feedback loop where the future design of cities is then partially shaped by this input. In this context, we ask ourselves “Can we integrate big data, user preferences, and designer knowledge for urban design and planning support?” This involves the development and deployment of tools for users and designers of urban public spaces, sharing insights derived from this data.

Areas of expertise: Computation, sustainable design science, architectural design, architectural information management


  • PhD in Architecture (Design Informatics), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2002-2009)
  • MSc in Computational Design, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (1994-1996)
  • BArch in Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1989-1993)

Research Interests

  • Design Knowledge and Learning
  • Building Information Modeling


Selected publications

  • Kunze A., Burkhard R., Gebhardt S., Tunçer B. (2012). “Visualization and Decision Support Tools in Urban Planning”, Springer CCIS Digital Urban Modelling and Simulation (eds. S. Muller Arisona,J. Halatsch, G. Aschwanden, P. Wonka)
  • Tunçer B. and Sariyildiz S. (2010). “Facilitating architectural communities of practice”, Future Cities (eds. G. Schmit et al.), ETH Zurich, pp. 707-716.
  • Tunçer B., Sariyildiz S. and Stouffs R. (2006). Arcimap : knowledge modeling for conceptual building design, Proceedings – Building on IT; Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering (eds. H Rivard, E Miresco, and H Melhem), Montréal, Canada, pp. 2015-2024.
  • Akar E., Öztürk E., Tunçer B. and Wiethoff M. (2004). “Evaluation of a collaborative virtual learning environment”, Education + Training 24(6+7), pp. 343-352.
  • Tunçer B., Stouffs R. and Sariyildiz I.S. (2002). “Document decomposition by content as a means for structuring building project information”, Construction Innovation 2(4), pp. 229-248.
Associate Professor
Architecture and Sustainable Design