Sultan Çetin

Designer | Architect | PhD Candidate

Foggy Lake

Welcome to Sultopia

Sultopia is my personal digital space where I share the things I like with other people.

Here is a little bit about me.

My name is Sultan. Most of my friends call me Tuty. Funny nickname, isn't it?

I grew up in a small neighborhood in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, where my twin brother and our best friend created funny games from idle objects. We used to spend the entire day outside, climb trees, play with crown caps and run after the ball. This playful experience had a huge impact on my creative development when I studied Architecture, I noticed after years. That's why perhaps I always liked natural materials, simple and playful architecture.

My unflagging enthusiasm for learning made me earn two bachelors degree, in Architecture and in Civil Engineering, and later on a masters degree in Building Energy Performance. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD degree in Housing Management at the Delft University of Technology.

In between studies, I practiced as an architect for seven years in various countries. My first international professional experience was a hotel building construction in Sochi, Russia. Then, I moved to Azerbaijan and got involved in amazing projects: Shahdag Tourism Complex, Baku National Stadium, Trump Tower Baku and 1st European Games opening ceremony. In 2016, I moved to the Netherlands. While studying masters at the Eindhoven University of Technology, I worked as a concept developer at Bloc. At Bloc, I met amazing people with inspiring ideas and designed my first circular building in the Netherlands.

My desire for making the world a better place drew me for applying for a PhD position at TU Delft. I am researching how we could make use of digital technologies to ease the implementation of the Circular Economy in the social housing sector. As my PhD receives funding from an NWE Interreg project called CHARM, I attend and organize international events to spread what we learn at CHARM.

Apart from these, I like to make black and white pictures, cooking, reading and playing with my little son.



Industrial Construction Site


Co-founder, DiCE Lab

December 2021 - now

Digital Circular Economy Lab is an initiative of TU Delft and ETH Zurich that offers a platform for academics, practitioners and policymakers to connect and exchange knowledge in the fields of digitalization and circular economy. Check for more information.

PhD Candidate, TU Delft

March 2019 - now

I am currently working as a PhD candidate at the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. My research focuses on digitalization for a circular economy in social housing. Check my academic publications on Google Scholar.


April 2019 - now

Parenthood is one of the most precious jobs on Earth. During the past three years, I've learned an abundance of things about life, love, physiology, brain development, human behavior, and personal development. I discovered new ways of learning and teaching.

Design consultant, Design of Things

November 2018 - March 2019

DoT (Design of Things) was a one-person company that I founded to enlarge my portfolio toward circular product and building design.

Concept Developer, Bloc

Feb 2017 - November 2018

Next to my master's study at TU Eindhoven, I worked as a concept developer at Bloc. Bloc is a Dutch project development agency located in Rotterdam. I was involved in iconic projects like the Dutch Mountains and circular projects like Gallery II (See selected projects).

Intern, bGrid (Deerns)

May 2017 - December 2017

As part of the master's program at TU Eindhoven, I did an internship at bGrid on Estimating Energy Saving with Occupancy Data in a Smart Office Building. bGrid is a start-up company that has spun off of Deerns, an 85-year-old Dutch engineering consultancy.

Student Assistant, TU/e

June 2017 - July 2018

During my master's education, I worked as a student assistant of prof dr Jan Hensen at the department of Building Physics and Services.

Intern, BAM

Feb 2016 - September 2016

Before starting my master's degree at TU Eindhoven, I got a chance to do an internship at BAM Advies en Engineering. This internship was formulated around a EU-funded project called Rennovates. I learned the basics of energy simulation and smart building innovations for energy renovation.

Production Manager, Five Currents

May 2015 - October 2015

I was involved in the opening and closing ceremonies of the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. I was responsible for the stage production of the Mud Men scene. Watch the highlights of the event.

Design Manager, Mace Construction

June 2014 - June 2015

I worked as an architectural design manager, representing the design team on site, at the Trump Tower and Residence project in Baku, Azerbaijan. My role concerned design coordination and collaboration with various key stakeholders such as designers, contractors and Trump Hotel management.

Design Office Architect, Tekfen Construction

January 2014 - June 2014

I was involved in the first national Olympic stadium construction project in Azerbaijan as a design office architect. I was responsible to manage the BIM model of the stadium, and a few work packages such as rails, expansion joints, and wet areas. Check the timelapse of this amazing project.

Project Architect, Siya Constuction

July 2011 - January 2014

Siya Construction is a Russian-Turkish company operating in Russia, Azerbaijan and some other Asian countries. I worked as a project architect and involved in several large scale projects such as hotel buildings and supermarkets.

Junior Architect, TH& Idil Mimarlik

February 2011 - July 2011

This was my first professional experience as an architect. TH& Idil Mimarlik is a known architectural office located in Ankara. As a junior architect, I supported design team with design visualization with 3D modelling.

Various internships related to study

February 2009 - February 2011

Starting form the third year of my bachelor study, I did several construction internships.



2019 - now

PhD, Delft University of Technology

Management in the Built Environment

Topic: Digitalization for circularity in the social housing sector

2016 - 2018

Master's Degree, Eindhoven University of Technology

Program of Architecture, Building and Planning | GPA 8.40

Graduation topic: Net-zero energy renovations of high-rise apartments in The Netherlands

2017 - 2018

Bachelor's Degree, Eskisehir Osmangazi University

Architecture | GPA 8.9 | Top scoring student

Graduation topic: Architectural Design of the Central Train Station in Eskisehir

2005 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree, Eskisehir Osmangazi University

Civil Engineering | GPA 8.40

Graduation topic: Designing university campus for bike transportation


Academic Activities



Upcoming (May 2022)

DADS '22 Seminars | Istanbul Technical University | Digitalization for Circular Built Environment

Invited Speaker

Upcoming (May 2022)

DiCE Lab webinar: IoT for a Circular Economy | RSVP


Upcoming (May 2022)


Data for Circularity International Conference | TU Delft & Rijkswaterstaat | What data do we need in a circular built environment? | See the programme

April 2022

DiCE Lab Researcher Meetup


March 2022

DiCE Lab Webinar: Blockchain Technology for a Circular Economy | Watch online


March 2022


Circular Economy Leadership and Organisational Transitions | Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland | Digital Technologies for a Circular Economy in the Building Industry

February 2022

DiCE Lab Researcher Meetup: Data flows and digitalization in circular processes


February 2022


Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) Master Track | Erasmus University Rotterdam | Circular Economy in Social Housing

February 2022


Ecocity World Summit 2022 | Workshop: Socio-spatial consequences of transitioning to a circular built environment: towards new research agendas | Link

January 2022

DiCE Lab Webinar: Digital Product Passports for a Circular Economy | Watch online


December 2021

Conference Presentation

2nd International Conference on Circular Systems for the Built Environment, TU Eindhoven | A Conceptual Framework for a Digital Circular Built Environment: The Data Pipeline, Passport Generator and Passport Pool

December 2021

Conference Presentation

2nd International Conference on Circular Systems for the Built Environment, TU Eindhoven | How Can Digital Technologies Support the Circular Transition of Social Housing Organizations? Empirical Evidence from Two Cases

October 2021

Panel Speaker

Distributed 2021: Miro’s third annual virtual event | Collaboration for a Circular Economy (with Miroverse creators)| Check my Miroverse template

June 2021

CHARM Co-Creation Day (online) | Circular Digital Built Environment: Digital Platforms


June 2021

MBE Research Bootcamp at TU Delft | Delphi Method and its application | (co-organized)


June 2021


CHARM Inspiration Days (online) |  Towards Circular Social Housing:

Practices, barriers, and enablers

May 2021

Roundtable discussion

NWE networking event #1: A Greener North-West Europe (online) | Material Exchange Platforms: against downcycling...

February 2021

CHARMing Talks #4 | Energy Renovation vs. Circular Economy | Watch online


December 2020

Digital Circular Housing: Workshop with sector professionals (online) | Watch online


November 2020


So­cial and Cultural As­pects of Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy: A Global Zoom Work­shop, University of Helsinki | The Social Impact of Circular Housing: A Study of Tenant Engagement and Impact in Europe

November 2020

CHARMing Talks #3 | Circular Maker City and Circular procurement | Watch online


September 2022


Aviation Game Week | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands | Circular strategies and business models

September 2020

CHARM UK Inspiration Days | Circularity for whom? Social impact and the role of residents


September 2020

CHARMing Talks #2 | Smart water management & circular social housing | Watch online


June 2020

CorpoNet, The Netherlands | KennisBite #11 Closing the loop


July 2020

CHARMing Talks #1 | Watch online


February 2020


CHARM Inspiration Days, Belgium | Workshop: What data do we need for a circular housing management?

December 2019


European Federation for Living- Digitalisation Seminar | Digital Technologies for Circular Asset Management



Çetin, S., Rukanova, B. D., De Wolf, C., Gruis, V. H., & Tan, Y. (2022). A Conceptual Framework for a Digital Circular Built Environment: The Data Pipeline, Passport Generator and Passport Pool. In S. Shahnoori, & M. Mohammadi (Eds.), The state of circularity: The content of "the 2nd International Conference on Circular Systems for the Built Environment" (pp. 97-106). Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. ResearchGate link

Çetin, S., Straub, A., & Gruis, V. H. (2022). How Can Digital Technologies Support the Circular Transition of Social Housing Organizations? Empirical Evidence from Two Cases. In The state of circularity: The content of "the 2nd International Conference on Circular Systems for the Built Environment" (pp. 210-224). Eindhoven University of Technology. ResearchGate link

Sacranie, H. & Çetin, S. (2022). Towards a Socially Inclusive Circular Economy: A Study of Tenant Engagement in European Social Housing Organisations. Ed. Viktor Pál. Routledge. (forthcoming).

Çetin, S.; De Wolf, C.; Bocken, N. (2021). Circular Digital Built Environment: An Emerging Framework. Sustainability, 13, 6348.  

Çetin, S.; Gruis, V.; Straub, A. (2021) Towards Circular Social Housing: An Exploration of Practices, Barriers, and Enablers. Sustainability, 13, 2100.

Çetin, S., & Vervoort, J. (2021). Potentiële stimulerende digitale technologieën voor circulaire installatietechniek. TVVL Magazine, 2021(5), 32-37.


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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