Ozlem Akcay brings a wealth of creative and project management expertise to hospitality, restaurant, retail, and residential interior design projects. Having joined Gabellini Sheppard Associates in 2008, she served as lead designer of the guestrooms and public spaces of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square, a historic New York City Landmark, as well as the guestrooms for the Istanbul Edition hotel.
She also contributed to the award-winning flagship space of luxury jeweler David Yurman on New York’s Madison Avenue, the redevelopment of the historic Rainbow Room restaurant and event space at Rockefeller Center, two condominium projects in Manhattan, a seven-story townhouse on the Upper East Side, the firm’s Fibonacci furniture collection for Janus et Cie, and new boutique and lifestyle concepts for Vera Wang collections in New York and Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Gabellini Sheppard Associates, Akcay was a senior designer at the New York-based firm Yabu Pushelberg, where she worked on restaurants and hotels in the U.S. and abroad. She studied art history at the University of Vienna and earned a BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving the Legacy Fund Award from the American Society of Interior Designers.