Kutan Ayata is an architect and an educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architecture and urban design practice Young & Ayata. Kutan was a fellow at Princeton University School of Architecture and earned his Masters of Architecture degree in 2004 as a recipient of the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Thesis Prize. While at Princeton, he represented the School of Architecture in the FIPSE academic exchange programs in Los Angeles and Paris, in addition to an academic/professional exercise to rethink the future of Midtown-West Manhattan initiated by the Newman Real Estate Institute of New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture in 1999 from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with studies including at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. Prior to forming Young & Ayata, Kutan worked at Reiser+Umemoto, Agrest & Gandelsonas and Friedrich St. Florian Architect. His international professional experience includes projects for urban scale master-plans, cultural institutions, transportation buildings, commercial/mix-use high-rises and high-end residences. He is a registered architect in the Chamber of Architects in Turkey.