Telhan is Associate Professor of Fine Arts—Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He is the co-founder of Biorealize, a company specialized in designing new technologies for Biological Design and Synthetic Biology. He holds a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT's Department of Architecture.
He was part of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and the Mobile Experience lab Lab at the MIT Design Laboratory. Telhan's individual and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Istanbul Biennial (2013), Istanbul Design Biennial (2012, 2016), Vienna Design Week, the Armory Show 2015 Special Projects, Ars Electronica (2007, 2013, 2017), ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, the Architectural League of New York, MIT Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.