Merve Sahin, *1994 in Ankara, is a Vienna-based architectural designer and researcher holding a master's degree in architecture from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She explores visual story telling which draws attention to the socio-political power structures of public spaces arising with the digital age.

Her work has earned recognition from international publications and organizations such as the EUMies-Young Talent Awards. Her graduation thesis “All Watched Over-Cultivating Liberated Public Spaces Amid Physical Surveillance” is exhibited at the 18th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2023. Since 2017, she has been a member of the design and research teams at renowned architectural practices, Wolfgang Tschapeller Architects being the most recent.

In 2023, she received the start-grant for her ongoing research named ‘Reimagining Historic Theater Typologies for the Digital Age: Media Spaces Empowering Public Voice and Communal Spectacles Amidst Surveillance” from the Austrian Ministry of the Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport. In this ongoing research, she combines the practical experience  gained with her theoretical background to create a “real fiction” about our future public spaces. She uncovers notions of anonymity, privacy, spectacle and intellectual production and their relations to the spatial and material expressions through speculative fictions.