She was born in 1964 in Nicosia / Cyprus. She completed his primary education in Nicosia, Kumsal Primary School, secondary education in Nicosia Türk Maarif Koleji. In 1986, she graduated from Yıldız University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture as an architect. In 1988 she graduated from Yıldız University, Institute of Applied Sciences, Architecture Main Branch of Science, Construction Program with the degree of Architect M.A.
She continued professionally as an architect, developing architectural projects and construction site applications.
In the academic year 1992-93 she founded Faculty of Architecture at the Near East University. She is the first full time instructor of the faculty and about to complete her doctoral thesis in Near East University.
She is still teaching, as an ınstructor at the Departments of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Near East University.
Çağnan is married to Şener Çağnan (Civil Eng. M.Sc.) and mother of two girls.