Fiyel Levent was born and raised in New York City, and holds a Bachelor in Architecture from The Cooper Union, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon returning to New York from Scotland, she began working at Anik Pearson Architect, and has since managed various architectural projects ranging from ground-up buildings to apartment renovations.
In 2009, Fiyel Levent launched her own studio, exhibiting work at various galleries that drew inspiration from her interest in Central Asian and Islamic Architecture. She has now completed projects and ongoing experiments in architecture, art, product design and interior design. By using the simplest of materials such as salvaged papers and wood, to more complex materials such as Corian, recycled Polyethylene and various other plastics, many of her designs involve combining and reinterpreting traditional forms with contemporary fabrication techniques. She aims to design and build custom architectural installations which achieve something close to the sublime in their relationship to light.
In 2008, Fiyel Levent was awarded the Deborah J. Norden Travel Grant to Andalucia, Spain through The Architectural League. In 2011, she was awarded the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant from The Center for Architecture. Fiyel has given lectures at The Urban Center for Architecture, The Cooper Union, Parsons and RPI.