Vardiya / the Shift. Pavilion of Turkey at the Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2018

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Curator team
Vardiya is curated by Kerem Piker. The associate curators are Cansu Cürgen, Yelta Köm, Nizam Onur Sönmez, Yağız Söylev and Erdem Tüzün.
Pavilion of Turkey.-Sale d'Armi, Arsenale, Biennale Architettura 2018, Venice, Italy
26/05 — 25/11/2018

Kerem Piker

Kerem Piker. Lives and works in Istanbul. Kerem Piker was born in Ankara in 1978. He received his BArch degree in Architecture in 2001 at Istanbul Technical University and his MSC in Arch degree in 2004 at TU Delft. In 2010, He was selected as one of best 40 architects in Europe under the age of 40 by Chicago Atheneum. In 2011 Kerem Piker founded KPM-Kerem Piker Mimarlık, Architectural Studio. KPM was awarded in several architectural competitions. In 2016, Akyazı Cultural Center designed by KPM received the best project prize in the 15th National Architecture Awards. Since 1998, Kerem Piker has taught in architectural schools as a visiting lecturer and juror, including İstanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University, Gebze Institute of Technology, Bilgi University and Abdullah Gül University.

Cansu Cürgen

Cansu Cürgen. Architect and academician, lives and works in Istanbul. She teaches in Istanbul Bilgi University and pursues her PhD studies in Istanbul Technical University. She interests in daily life studies, standards, open design practices and architectural debates on regulating principles.

Yelta Köm

Yelta Köm. Lives and works in Berlin. Born in 1986 in Istanbul, Turkey. He practices in various ways intersection between art, architecture and research. He is graduated from Städelschule Architecture Class. His interest areas include commoning practices, landforms, technology, critical spatial practices.

Nizam Onur Sönmez

Nizam Onur Sönmez. Architect and academician. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey and works at Istanbul Technical University. He is also a member of the “off-center”. His research topics include artificial intelligence for design, utopian / visionary / narrative architectures, and personal identity.

Yağiz Söylev

Yağiz Söylev. Architect, lives and works in Rotterdam and Istanbul. He received his BArch degree at Istanbul Technical University in 2014. He works at TU Delft while continuing his graduate studies. His research interests include communing practices and open design strategies.

Erdem Tüzün

Erdem Tüzün. Architect. He lives in New York and works with Eisenman Architects. He is a co-founder of Architecture for All. He received his BArch degree at Istanbul Technical University and MS
Arch degree at Pratt Institute. He was given the National Architecture Award in Turkey in 2016 with his “The Giant Machine” project.



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