Emre Arolat: Scent of the Trace


Click for slideshow | EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, 2013, Photograph by Cemal Emden

Emre Arolat: Scent of the Trace
EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture
Moderated by Adam Yarinsky

1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

On February 21, Emre Arolat will discuss projects including:

  • Santral Istanbul, a disused power plant converted into a center for art and education
  • Eyup Cultural Center, whose roof forms a pedestrian walkway leading to Istanbul’s waterfront
  • Raif Dinckok Cultural Center, a design that links separate structures with a perforated steel skin
  • Sancaklar Mosque, which sought to strip away design conventions and return to the essence of Islamic philosophy
  • AG Sumer Campus and AG Presidential Museum and Library, a Russian Constructivist factory transformed into an educational facility, library, and museum
  • Antakya Museum Hotel, a novel design strategy for a hospitality center that straddles archeological ruins

Arolat was born into a family of prominent Turkish architects. He joined his parents’ firm after graduating from Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan University. In 2004, he founded EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture with Gonca Pasolar. Today, the firm has offices in London and New York in addition to Istanbul. Its projects have received international recognition, including the Mies Van der Rohe Award and the Aga Khan Award. Arolat has lectured at design schools around the world. He was the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in 2017. In 2012, he co-curated the first Istanbul Design Biennale. His work has been widely published and exhibited, including at the 2012 and 2016 Venice Biennales.

Current EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture projects include:

  • Clarendon House Residential Complex, Reading, UK
  • Bay Points Villas, Miami, US
  • Kazan Mixed Use Complex, Kazan, Tatarstan
  • Dalaman International Airport, Terminal II, Mugla, Turkey
  • NEF Golkoy Houses, Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey

The lecture will be moderated by Adam Yarinsky, a partner at Architecture Research Office (ARO) and board member of Places Journal.

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, 2013, Photography by Thomas Mayer

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | RDKM Raif Dinçkök Cultural Center, Yalova, Turkey, 2011, Photograph by Cemal Emden

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | AGU Sümer Campus, Kayseri, Turkey, 2014, Photograph by Studio Majo

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Antakya Museum Hotel, Antakya, Turkey, 2017, Photograph courtesy of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Yalıkavak Palmarina, Bodrum-Muğla, Turkey, 2014, Photography by Cemal Emden

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Santral Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Photograph by Thomas Mayer

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Abdullah Gül Presidential Museum and Library, Kayseri, Turkey, 2016, Photograph by Cemal Emden

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Zorlu Center, Istanbul, 2014, Photograph by Cemal Emden

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Antrepot 5, Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Istanbul, 2011, Image courtesy of EAA-Emre Arolat

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture | Eyüp Cultural Center, Istanbul, 2010, Photograph by Cemal Emden

Time & Place
The Great Hall
7:00 p.m.
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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