Gökhan Karakuş was born in Nusaybin, Turkey, and studied architectural history and theory at the Columbia University and Vassar College in New York, USA. The author of the books “Turkish Touch in Design” (2007) and “Turkish Architecture Now” (2009), Karakus works as an architectural critic, theoretician and designer. His field of study is especially related to locality in design, modernism and architecture. Karakus was a nominator and reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Mies van der Rohe Awards for European Architecture, and he is the currently director of interactive and environmental design studio E|medya. Follow him on Twitter at @gokhankarakus.