Emre Arolat

Member of the Steering Committee

Emre Arolat is the design partner of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, founded with Gonca Paşolar in 2004 as the continuation of an architectural practice that began when he started as an associate designer at his parents’ studio, Arolat Architects, in 1987.  Since that time, he has completed an extraordinary body of work. EAA is now an internationally recognised practice with offices in New York, London and Istanbul. It works on a wide range of projects, from urban master plans and airports to residential and cultural buildings and workplaces.


Mr. Arolat teaches and lectures widely both within Turkey and internationally. In 2017 he was Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, where he taught an Advanced Studio during the fall semester.  He has lectured at La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris (2017), at the Pratt Institute in New York (2014), and taught a studio at The Berlage Institute in Delft (2014).  Mr. Arolat was the co-curator, in collaboration with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), of the first Istanbul Design Biennale in 2012. He was awarded a professorship by International Academy of Architecture in 2015.


EAA received international attention early on with the Minicity Theme Park (2004), which was selected by the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture.  Many international awards have followed, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010 for the Ipekyol Textile Factory in Edirne. EAA’s work has been published in the monograph Context and Plurality (Rizzoli), edited by Philip Jodidio and Suha Özkan.  EAA’s projects have been shown in various exhibitions at institutions, including the Design Museum, The Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London.  In 2012 and 2016, they were presented at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice.  Mr. Arolat served on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Master Jury in 2016 and as a Steering Committee member in 2019.

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