Ömer served as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University since 1977. He earned his Ph.D. in 1979 from the School of Architecture graduate program under the advisory of Charles Eastman, Bill Chase and Herbert Simon, and focused his research in building commissioning, architectural programming and generative design. During his time with SoA, he taught design studios and graduate courses, advised graduate students and lectured both nationally and internationally.
At SoA, Ömer developed the Architecture–Engineering–Construction Management (AECM) Master’s and Ph.D. degree programs, as well as the Doctor of Professional Practice (DPP) degree program. Ömer co-authored with William Mitchell and taught in the first professional Master of Architecture degree program of the School from 1980 to 1985. He also served in many administrative positions including as head of the School of Architecture.
Ömer conducted extensive research in design cognition, and is best known in this area for his book Psychology of Architectural Design (Pion Ltd., 1986). More recently, he also published Generative CAD Systems (CMU, 2004) and Embedded Commissioning of Building Systems (Artech House, Inc., 2012).
He authored numerous publications on topics including creativity, early stages of design, architectural programming, computer aided design and human computer interaction. Ömer served as the chair of three international conferences and guest editor of several international journals. He also designed and was the Architect of Record for the Turkish Nationality Room installed at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.