About Us


Internationally renowned, Istanbul-based multidisciplinary design studio Autoban was founded in 2003 by Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar, and later joined by Efe Aydar. Now employing 40 staff, Autoban works across architecture and interiors, product and experiential design, forging a reputation for thoughtfulness, experimentation and craftsmanship.

Approaching each project initially as storytellers, their work seeks to understand the character and context of each project. Each element is informed by a uniquely space-centric approach, blending wit with sophistication, and minimal forms with rich materials.

With a portfolio that includes transportation, commercial, retail, and office developments, Autoban's work is typified by familiar forms and materials repurposed in vital, contemporary ways.

Their work has redefined Istanbul’s cityscape, including numerous hospitality, retail, residential and public realm developments, and is now also found in London, Madrid, Hong Kong, Moscow and China, as well as Azerbaijan. Autoban's signature furniture and lighting range is sold at 60+ points around the world.


Seyhan Özdemir & Sefer Çağlar

Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar studied architecture and interior design respectively at the Fine Arts Academy of Mimar Sinan University. In 2003, the duo co-founded Autoban, and from their initial studio in Galata, Istanbul, started designing the studio's first interior projects, which was followed by the launching of debut Autoban product collection at Maison et Objet Paris in 2004.

In 2005, Autoban was named ‘Best Young Designers’ by the Wallpaper* magazine, and in 2006, their MüzedeChanga project was awarded ‘Best Restaurant’ by the same title. In 2009, Autoban moved in to their new studio in Beyoğlu, and received their first overseas commison to design the award-winning 208-Duecento Otto restaurant in Hong Kong in 2010. The commision was followed by another overseas F&B project in Madrid. In 2014, the studio received Red Dot Design Award in recognition for their work at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar have participated as keynote speakers and jury members at significant architecture and design events worldwide, including iF Product Design Awards, Downtown Design Dubai and Milan Design Week, as well as showcasing their product designs internationally at major trade shows.

  • Efe Aydar

    Interior Architect / Partner

    Efe studied Interior Design at the Anadolu University, and worked at Aldo Rossi Office in Genova for several years prior to joining Autoban in 2004 where was named partner in 2009.

  • Ufuk Aydoğdu

    Planning and Analysis Director

    Ufuk studied interior architecture at the Mimar Sinan University and completed his M.A. degree in Building Information in 1998 also at the same school.

  • Kerim Özkan

    Product Design Director

    Kerim received his B.Sc in 2007 from Istanbul Technical University in Interior Architecture. Following his M.Des in Product Design at Domus Academy Italy in 2009, he completed Advanced Design Visualisation program in 2011 at the Umea Institute of Design, Sweden. Currently, he is leading the Product Design department of Autoban.

  • Bilal Aydın

    Interior Designer

    Bilal received his B.A. degree in Interior Architecture at Mimar Sinan University in 2010. Joining Autoban in 2010, he has been an active team member in a wide range of projects for the practice, including the Kitchenette and The House Cafe branches.

  • Çağla Gürbay

    Msc. Architect

    Having studied architecture at the Izmir Ekonomi University, Çağla received her M.A. degree in Emergent Technologies and Design in 2013 at the London Architectural Association. 

  • Ceylan Ülker

    Interior Architect

    Following her education in interior architecture at the Izmir University of Economics, in 2014, Ceylan attended a master course in Visual Design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Italy. She joined Autoban studio in 2015.

  • Burak Eyigün

    Interior Architect

  • Buğra Bilgen

    Interior Architect

  • Enrico Şansal

    Interior Architect / Project Manager

    Having graduated from the department of Literature and Philosophy at Università degli studi di Trento in 2009 and in Interior Design at NAB Nuova Accademia del Design di Verona in 2011, Enrico joined Autoban in 2015.

  • Şila Siva

    Interior Architect / Project Manager

    Born in Istanbul in 1987, Şila graduated from the architecture department of Istanbul Technical University and studied Urban Design & Spatial Planning at the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Belgium. Participating in archştecture and interior architecture projects of various scales since 2009, she has joined Autoban in late 2015 as Project Coordinator.

  • Sinem Esatoğlu

    Interior Architect / Project Manager

  • Cansın Yılmaz

    Interior Architect

    Cansın studied Interior Architecture at the Istanbul Technical Univeristy and participated in the exchange program at the Edinburgh College of Art during her graduate studies. Pursuing her MA degree at the İTÜ-Imiad (International Master of Interior Architectural Design) since 2014, she joined Autoban as interior architect in 2015.

  • Sera Tuna

    Interior Architect

    Sera finished her studies at the Interior Architecture and Environmental Design faculty of Bilkent University in Ankara in 2012. She has been a team member of Autoban since 2015.

  • Emir Şahin

    Interior Architect

    Emir studied Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at Bilkent University, and worked on a number of projects specializing in 3D modelling and design development before he joined Autoban as interior architect in 2015.

  • Nirvana Ahyan

    Product Designer


  • Sühan Hancock

    International Business Development

  • M. Atilla Solmaz

    Site Architect

  • İsmail Çolak

    Supply Specialist

  • Ercan Abay

    Planning and Analysis Specialist

  • Barış Sert

    Finance Specialist

    Barış graduated from the Istanbul Commerce School in 2000 and joined Autoban in 2015.

  • Eray Karabaş

    Executive Assistant

    Eray studied Hotel Management at the Ege University and graduated in 2003. Further on, he received another degree inBusiness Administration from the Anadolu University in2014.

  • Sedat Coşkun

    Sedat studied Computer Engineering at the Newport University where he graduated in 2010 and joined Autoban the next year.

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    • Koreşehitleri Cad. Istanbloom No16/1
      Zincirlikuyu 34394 Istanbul/Turkey

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