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Emre Arolat: Scent of the Trace

21 February 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: The Cooper Union, The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street
New York

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


On February 21, Turkish architect 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 founded Emre Arolat Architecture with Gonca Pasolar in 2004. Today, the firm has offices in London and New York in addition to Istanbul. Its projects have received the Mies Van der Rohe Award and the Aga Khan Award. Arolat has taught and lectured at design schools around the world, including Pratt and Yale, where he was the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor. In 2012, he was a co-curator of the first Istanbul Design Biennale.


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


Current EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture projects include:

Munya Restaurant, Miami, US Kazan Mixed-Use Complex, Kazan, Russia Tehran Mixed-Use Complex, Tehran, Iran

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