Mehlika Inanici

Mehlika Inanici

Associate Professor, Architecture

Mehlika Inanici is an Associate Professor and the director of the Master of Science in Architecture (Design Computing) program at the University of Washington, Department of Architecture.

The focus of her research is broadly defined as Building Performance Simulation and Computational Lighting Design and Analysis. The underlying presumption in her research and teaching is that analytical approaches employed throughout the design processes help architects to envision the performance of their designs, accelerate and improve the design decisions, and reduce the uncertainty of the outcome.

A large body of her research centers on developing and utilizing computer-based (day)lighting analysis techniques and metrics that can facilitate occupant satisfaction, health, and productivity improvements, in conjunction with significant energy savings. Inanici received the Taubman College Distinguished Dissertation Award (2004), LBNL Outstanding Performance Award (2005), and her work on High Dynamic Range Photography was selected as one of the 25 highly influential papers (and among the most cited) in the 50 year history of the Journal of Lighting Research and Technology. She has published and presented her research in international journals and conferences, including Lighting Research and Technology, Luekos, Building and Environment, IBPSA, and CIE. Her research has been funded by US department of Energy, Nuckolls Funding for Lighting Education, and University of Washington Royalty Research Fund.

Inanici teaching focuses graduate level courses on building performance simulation (such as Arch 524 Design technology V, Arch 582 Computational Lighting Research, and 598 Performance Driven Design) and research methodologies. She supervises students from the Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture and the Ph.D. program in Built Environments.

Inanici has received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. She has Master of Science degrees both in Architecture (University of Michigan) and Building Science (METU), and a Bachelor of Architecture degree (METU). Previously, she worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley California. Dr. Inanici is a member of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA).