She graduated from Izmir Private American High School in 1995 and from Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Architecture in 1999. She completed the Milan Scuola Politecnica di Design Interior Architecture Master Program in 2001 and the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development Program in 2012.
She started his career as a Designer/Partner in FormaDesign, Milan, and worked as KonKur İnşaat A.Ş. (İnci Holding A.Ş.) and continued in various positions. Ürkmez, who worked in the organization of the first Istanbul Design Biennial of İKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) in 2012, has been working with İnci Holding A.Ş. She is a member of the Board of Directors and acts as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee. She is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cevdet İnci Education Foundation with the title of “Energy Source”.
Ece Elbirlik Ürkmez, Izmir Chamber of Architects, TAIDER (Turkish Family Business Association), TEID (Ethics and Reputation Association), EGIAD (Aegean Young Businessmen Association), KYSKD (Women Sailing Sports Club Association) member, TARKEM (Historical Kemeraltı İnşaat Yacht. ) is a member of the Technical Board, and a JCI İzmir (Junior Chamber International) Senator. Above all, she is a wife and mother of a child.