Defne Akşin Akyol has been practicing landscape architecture since 1994. Her work spans the intimate scale of private gardens to the broad public realm of resort grounds. Having been employed at an architectural firm for 12 years, she has dealt with urban and landscape design on all scales and has been exposed to a further gamut of interdisciplinary practices and methods. Her design approach is based on paring a site down to its essentials, then building layer upon layer, providing it with all its functional components, as well as a character reflecting the genius loci. Her landscape designs strive at providing creative, innovative solutions while at the same time being both sustainable and responsible.


1987 – TED Ankara College, Turkey
1991 – Ankara University Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Turkey
1993 – Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
1994 – Université Paul Valery, Montpellier, France

2011 Completed Singing Course at Pera Fine Arts

Professional Experience

1990 – Central Park Conservancy, City of New York Parks and Recreation, Trainee
1991 – M. Paul Friedberg and Partners, New York, Intern L.A.
1995 – Dokap Şirketler Topluluğu, Naturland Doğal Yaşam Beldesi, Landscape Architect
1995 – Bilkent University Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Department, Lecturer
1996-2007 – Atelier T, Architectural Design Office, Landscape Architect
2008 – Founded private practice, Defne Akşin Akyol Landscape Design

2008Children’s book ‘Evergreen’ was published
2016Invited to speak at the ‘International Conference on the Conservation
of the Historic Garden, Theory and Practice’ in Sapienza University, Rome