Umut Arslan


Umut Arslan

Hometown and Country

Istanbul, Turkey


Architecture Studies (HAA)

Extracurricular Interests

Harvard University Student Art Collective, Turkish Student Association

Favorite place in Harvard Square?

Alden & Harlow

What can FIPers talk to you about?

International travel/funding opportunities, Harvard Art Museums, classes at the Graduate School of Design, student employment

Why should a first-year choose FIP?

Leader Bio

Umut is a rising senior hailing from intercontinental city of Istanbul, Turkey. He lives in Currier House and studies Architecture Studies within the History of Art & Architecture department. He spends most of his time on campus in the Graduate School of Design and Sackler Building, where he studies and designs habitable landscapes. When he is not building watching in Harvard Yard and telling the tourists to rub the foot, you can find Umut flipping quesadillas and scooping ice-cream at the Quad Grille. Umut is also an avid traveler and a regular at the Boston Logan Airport: in a true international fashion, he is regularly continent-hopping on the weekends and enjoying all the food the world has to offer. Umut has made quite a name for himself with his dance performances at previous FIPs and he knows how to drop it like it's hot. Find him at during FIP to ask for some Turkish snacks and random trivia about your country.