Blue Rhino Design is an exhibition design company located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
We create interactive exhibits and immersive spaces that communicate through experience. Our museum, science centre, and cultural exhibits encourage conversation and make complex topics accessible by putting the visitor first in every design.
Our creative energy emerges out of the dynamic interplay of eclectic, diverse, talented individuals who truly enjoy working with each other. Together with our extended network of talented associates and partners, we have the agility and skills to take on any project.
A true museum lover, mother, design thinker, wanna be anthropologist, wife, connection maker, slow city follower. I started working on exhibit designs in university. I was very taken by exploring ways of communicating and discovering ideas that change my way of thinking. Moved to Canada after originating Turkey’s first Science Centre project and worked as a Senior Exhibition Designer at the Ontario Science Centre for a long time. Later designed exhibitions for science centres, museums and children’s museums all over the world. Still making connections and looking for ideas to change...
Eclectic. That’s probably the best way to describe me. I’m a mathematician, physicist, astrophysicist, computer scientist, and UX specialist. I have worked as a micrometeorologist, climatologist, professor, web designer and exhibit developer. My work at Blue Rhino Design focuses on the convergence of design, music, multimedia and technology with application to education, communication, and entertainment. I love cats, and have a passion for high performance athletics, volunteering my time coaching cyclists from beginners to the world’s best.
I am passionate about learning – both my own, and everyone else’s. Through almost 20 years of experience in science centres one of the most essential lessons I have learned is that everything we do is part of a conversation – a conversation that takes place in different media, and at different times – but there is always that shared communication. If done correctly, that conversation leads to learning and growth on both sides. Throughout my career, I have found myself drawn to how people engage – how they learn in an informal environment and the role that "play" has in fostering those deeper engagements and learning. I am always looking for those opportunities to play, learn and share… and dance outrageously while wearing a goofy hat.
After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Interior Design in Ankara and Milan respectively, I have worked widely on projects where I created narrative architectures for museums, exhibitions, heritage centres, science centres and trade fairs. My experience at the Politecnioco di Milano was particularly formative for me as a designer having had the opportunity to take workshops with renowned Italian designers and architects like Michele de Lucchi, Andrea Branzi among others.
Hands-on, curiosity, exploration, imagination are words that inspire and excite me. The questions of how we can unlock the potential of kids and how we can empower our next generation to create a better future are for me always top of mind. My favorite thing to do is to travel around the world to visit the greatest children museums and science centers. With a background in urban design, I worked as a commercial property development consultant for over ten years in China. As Blue Rhino Design’s China representative, I dedicate myself to bringing the best learn-through-play experiences for children to my home country of China.
I am passionate about teaching through storytelling and experience. My job as an interpretive writer is to make sure that that the exhibit’s voice is true, clear, and consistent. I have written for children’s museums, science and cultural centres, and heritage museums across Canada and internationally. I also write articles and essays on wildlife and natural history. My work appears in print and online and in a science writing anthology. To ensure my daily dose of nature, I live in a net-zero home tucked in among the pines on a rugged lakeshore located on the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabek and Huron-Wendat Peoples.
Imbedded in me there is a passion for materials, craft and the science behind artifacts – this is what inspires me in my work as an art conservator. I also deeply enjoy working with people as they develop connections with their objects. My role on the team is to anticipate the needs of artifacts and then problem solve in order to develop sensitive, safe and long-lasting handling and display solutions to support them. Whether it’s treating artifacts or helping others learn how to take care of their collections, the goal is to provide the art with a stable setting while sensitively helping it tell its story – that to me is full artifact health… and happiness!