Born in 1980, Turkish designer Mehmet “Ziya” Cetik graduated from Istanbul Technical University in 2005 with a major in Interior Architecture. The rich culture of Istanbul which links two continents bringing Eastern and Western influences together has been instrumental in development of Ziya’s design vision. With more than a thousand year old history serving as the melting pot for “modern” and “traditional” lifestyles, the city provided Cetik with the unique ability to work with and have an understanding of clients from eclectic backgrounds. During his time in Istanbul he had the chance to work with diverse and prestigious clients with highly recognized firms in Europe. Multiculturalism and timelessness of the vibrant city manifests itself in Ziya’s early designs.
After he moved to US in 2009, he attended UCLA Extension’s Interior Design Advance Standing Program where he was awarded a scholarship for his outstanding design project. Afterwards he received his Master’s in Interior Architecture from California Polytechnic University in Pomona. During this period he continued working as a freelance designer and attended various design related seminars as a keynote lecturer including “Pacific Design Center West Week 2011.”
At the of age 35, Ziya has accomplished over sixty projects including a broad international portfolio with high end corporate, retail, hospitality and residential clients as well as product design efforts, many of which were featured in select publications.
Ziya is currently working with HOK’s Los Angeles Studio as a Senior Designer with a creative group of people delivering exceptional out-of-the box design solutions to their clients. His approach to each project is calculated yet dotted with emotion, resulting in work that demands to be seen, experienced, and enjoyed.
Ziya is living with his wife Asu in a South Bay beach city and he enjoys traveling, riding his motorcycle, participating in volunteer activities and breeding exotic chameleons which guide his inspiration on a daily basis.
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