Deniz Erdem Okumus is currently a PhD candidate at the Urban and Regional Planning Department at ITU, and a research assistant at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her first B.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning in 2011, the second in Landscape Architecture in 2014, and her M.Sc. degree in Urban Planning in 2014 at ITU. Her PhD thesis which focuses on a quantitative understanding of urban fabric’s impacts on surface urban heat island formation in Istanbul has been supported by the Council of Higher Education in Turkey and the Scientific Research Projects Department of ITU. She has been working as a visiting PhD researcher at the Chair of Design Informatics, TU Delft and conducting research on a generative form-finding procedure for developing smart design standards in terms of surface urban heat island minimisation in Istanbul, since September 2020. The research has been funded by the 2214/A International Research Fellowship Programme of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Her areas of interest are urban micro-climate issues, geospatial information modelling and GIS, spatial statistics, generative urban design and performance-based urban regeneration.