Emre Arolat

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Emre Arolat
Born (1963-06-24) 24 June 1963 (age 60)
Alma materMimar Sinan University
AwardsInternational Property Award
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Cityscape Global Dubai Awards
MIPIM AR Future Projects Award
Mies van der Rohe Award
World Architecture Festival Award
RIBA International Award
PracticeEAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
Minicity Theme Park, Antalya (2004)
Raif Dinçkök Yalova Cultural Center, Yalova (2011)
Maslak No.1 Office Building, Istanbul (2014)
Zorlu Center, Istanbul (2013)
St.Regis Istanbul, Istanbul (2015)
Bergama Cultural Center, Izmir (2016)
Yalikavak Palmarina, Bodrum (2014)

Emre Arolat (born 24 June 1963) is a Turkish architect. In 2004, he co-founded EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture with Gonca Paşolar. Arolat is best known for the construction of Sancaklar Mosque.[1]

Early life[edit]

Arolat was born in Ankara in 1963. After completing his primary education at Galatasaray High School, he studied at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul where he received his BArch degree in architecture in 1986 and MArch degree in 1992. He then went to work at the Metcalf and Associates Architectural Office in Washington D.C. between 1986 and 1987.


Sancaklar Mosque and its minaret (2023).

Arolat has received many national and international awards, including the 2005 Mies van der Rohe award for European Architecture (Highly Commended); 2006 AR Awards for Emerging Architecture (Highly Commended); 2013 WAF (World Architecture Festival) Winner of Religious Buildings category with the Sancaklar Mosque;[2] 2014 WAF Winner of Shopping Category with the Yalikavak Palmarina;[3] Winner of Leisure-Led Category with the Antakya Museum Hotel;[4] WAF Winner of Infrastructure Category with the Cukurova Airport in 2015[5] and Winner of Culture Category with the Istanbul Antrepo 5 – MSGSU Painting and Sculpture Museum.[6] He also received the National Architecture Awards in the category of "Design" and "Building" in 1992, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014. He was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010 with the Ipekyol Textile Factory Building.[7][8] In 2015 Sancaklar Mosque was awarded ArchDaily's Best Building of the Year[9] and Mies van der Rohe award for European Architecture-Best 40 Building of the Year, also nominated for Design Museum-Designs of the Year award.[10] In May 2015, the International Academy of Architecture accorded Emre Arolat the title of professor of the academy[11] in recognition of his achievements in the development of contemporary architecture.


Since 1998, Emre Arolat has been teaching in architectural schools in Turkey and abroad, including Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Berlage Institute for Architecture,[12] TU Delft and Erciyes University. He was also a visiting lecturer at the Pratt Institute,[13] the Middle East Technical University and Istanbul Technical University. He has been invited to serve as a jury member for numerous architectural design competitions in Turkey and abroad, including the WAF (World Architecture Festival), European 8, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Opera House Architectural Design Competition and the 2014 Çanakkale Antenna Tower International Competition and the CSBE (Center for the Study of the Built Environment) Student Award for Architectural Excellence in Amman.[14] He was the 2017 Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture.[15]


Arolat was one of two curators of the first Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012.[16] He also curated "Musibet",[17] an exhibition focusing on the social and physical effects of the rapid transformation processes taking place in Istanbul. The EAA curated the exhibitions "Nazaran.../With regard to...”[18] in 2006, "An/Moment"[19] in 2012 and ”Fabrika/The Factory"[20] in 2013.

In 2015, Arolat curated EAA's exhibition, "ist-on situations"[21] at RIBA, London. The exhibition explored a timeline beginning with the mid-19th century showing key events or turning points in the course of the urban stories of London and Istanbul. Through a dual city approach, the practice reveals "situations" that unite and differentiate these two cities at the east and west ends of Europe in their development. Along with the visual material and text focusing on the background of the urban situations, a selection of recent projects and those underway by Emre Arolat Architecture (EAA) in Istanbul were showcased as 'agents' of the current urban scene. The exhibition featured original drawings, models, photographs and films of EAA's projects.[citation needed]


EAA designs have been described in various publications.

"Emre Arolat: Buildings / Projects 1998–2005" is the first monograph by Emre Arolat. It uses thirty projects to explore the studio's architectural approach. The book “Dalaman Airport” explores the experience of producing this large building. EAA was the editor of the books "Nazaran.../With regard to...” and ”Fabrika/The Factory", which was published alongside the exhibitions.

In September 2013, Rizzoli NY published "EAA- Emre Arolat Architects: Context and Plurality",[22] a monograph edited by Philip Jodido and Suha Özkan, covering 34 projects of the office. It was the first Rizzoli book publication for a Turkish architect. The second volume of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture's monograph with Rizzoli Electa, "Global and Local / New Projects: EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture" was published in 2020.[23] The book highlights thirty-two projects across Turkey, the United Kingdom, Portugal, the United States, UAE, Bahamas, Republic of Tatarstan, Oman and Finland. The book contains multilayered and contextual projects like the award-winning Sancaklar Mosque and the innovative Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture, which will historically document and display the largest collection of Turkish art and the Museum Hotel Antakya, in which the hotel floats over archeological artefacts without touching them.

In the same year, another book of EAA was released by ORO Editions with an introduction by Aaron Betsky.[24] The book is an expose of an architect's inner dialogues during the design process. It reveals a detailed and extensive documentation of the internal struggle to conceptually ground and position three different works of architecture: Sancaklar Mosque, Bergama Cultural Center and Yalikavak Marina.


  • Scent of The Trace, Emre Arolat, Oro Editions (2020)[24]
  • Global and Local / New Projects: EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, Philip Jodidio-Suha Özkan, Rizzoli Electa (2020)[25]
  • EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture / Context And Plurality, Philip Jodidio-Suha Özkan, Rizzoli NY (2013)[26]
  • Fabrika, Milli Reasurans A.S. (2012)[27]
  • Dalaman, Yem Yayinevi (2007)[28]
  • Nazaran, Milli Reasurans A.S. (2006)[29]
  • Emre Arolat, Buildings/Projects 1998–2005, Literatür (2005)[30]

Selected projects[edit]

Date Type Building Location Country
2002 Residential Aomori Housing Complex Aomori  Japan
2003 Hotel Hotel in Mahdia Mahdia  Tunisia
2003 Hotel Lara Kervansaray Hotel and Convention Center Antalya  Turkey
2004 Recreational Minicity Theme Park Antalya  Turkey
2005 Office Tour & Taxis, Renovation of Antrepot Royal Brussels  Belgium
2006 Transportation Dalaman International Airport Terminal Muğla  Turkey
2006 Industrial Ipekyol Textile Factory Edirne  Turkey
2007 Residential Kemerlife XXI Istanbul  Turkey
2008 Hotel 7800 Çeşme Residences and Hotel İzmir  Turkey
2009 Residential Folkart Narlidere Housing İzmir  Turkey
2009 Museum Santral Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum Istanbul  Turkey
2010 Hotel The Museum Hotel Antakya Antakya  Turkey
2010 Residential Arketip Housing Istanbul  Turkey
2010 Cultural Eyüp Cultural Center and Marriage Hall Istanbul  Turkey
2011 Master Planning Cendere Valley Master Planning Istanbul  Turkey
2011 Transportation Çukurova Regional Airport Complex Adana  Turkey
2011 Cultural Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture Istanbul  Turkey
2011 Government Prague Turkish Embassy Prague  Czech Republic
2011 Cultural Raif Dinçkök Cultural Center Yalova  Turkey
2012 Mixed Use Baku Mixed Use Complex Baku  Azerbaijan
2012 Hotel Hotel in Batumi Batumi  Georgia
2012 Office Kağıthane Ofispark Istanbul  Turkey
2012 Hotel Le Meridien Istanbul Istanbul  Turkey
2012 Education Metu Research Center Ankara  Turkey
2012 Residential Yalikavak Elements Bodrum  Turkey
2013 Cultural Expo Milano Turkish Pavilion Milan  Italy
2013 Mixed Use Kuzu Effect Ankara  Turkey
2013 Religion Sancaklar Mosque Istanbul  Turkey
2013 Residential Ulus Savoy Residences Istanbul  Turkey
2013 Residential Vicem Bodrum Houses Muğla  Turkey
2014 Education AGU Sümer Campus Kayseri  Turkey
2014 Cultural Guggenheim Helsinki Museum Helsinki  Finland
2014 Mixed Use Heyat Park Mixed Use Complex Baku  Azerbaijan
2014 Office Maslak No.1 Office Tower Istanbul  Turkey
2014 Cultural Udarnik Contemporary Art Museum Moscow  Russia
2014 Leisure Yalikavak Palmarina Istanbul  Turkey
2014 Mixed Use Zorlu Center Mixed Use Complex Istanbul  Turkey
2015 Mixed Use Gelendzhik Marina Gelendzhik  Russia
2015 Government Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Complex Manisa  Turkey
2015 Office Office Tower in Istanbul Istanbul  Turkey
2015 Hotel Rixos Abu Dhabi Resort Hotel Dubai  UAE
2015 Hotel Royalton Hotel and Residences London  United Kingdom
2015 Hotel St. Regis Istanbul Istanbul  Turkey
2016 Cultural Abdullah Gül Presidential Museum and Library Kayseri  Turkey
2016 Residential Bahamas Houses Cat Cay  Bahamas
2016 Cultural BerKM – Bergama Cultural Center İzmir  Turkey
2016 Residential Güral Suadiye Residences Istanbul  Turkey
2016 Cultural Liget Budapest Museum of Ethnography Budapest  Hungary
2016 Residential Muscat 1129 Commercial and Residential Complex Muscat  Oman
2016 Residential 5975 Reading London  United Kingdom
2017 Mixed Use Ege Perla İzmir  Turkey
2017 Residential Golkoy Residences Muğla  Turkey
2017 Residential Kandilli Residences Istanbul  Turkey
2017 Mixed Use Kazan Mixed Use Complex Kazan  Tatarstan
2017 Mixed Use Mecidiyekoy Mixed Use Complex Istanbul  Turkey
2017 Restaurant Munya Restaurant Miami Miami  United States
2017 Museum Qatar Art Mill Competition Doha  Qatar
2017 Mixed Use Tehran Mixed Use Complex Tehran  Iran
2018 Residential Bay Point Villas Miami  United States
2018 Cultural Nora Cultural Center Ajman  UAE
2018 Hotel Savoy Hotel Miami  United States
2018 Residential Sabal Palm Road House Miami  United States
2019 Commercial Teknopark Istanbul Istanbul  Turkey
2019 Residential Alcantara Gardens Lisbon  Portugal
2019 Residential Riverside Central London  United Kingdom
2019 Office Nishat Office Lahore Pakistan
2019 Transportation Sabiha Gökçen Airport International Terminal III Competition Istanbul  Turkey
2019 Residential Nef Gölköy Bodrum  Turkey
2019 Residential 19 Jumeirah Palm Villa Dubai  UAE
2019 R&D Center CAFU Research Center Sharjah  UAE
2020 Mixed Use Lura 5 Hotel and Residences Lalzit Bay  Albania
2020 Office Göktekin Adana Mix Adana  Turkey


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