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"Looking Past, Looking Future" - Murat Tabanlıoğlu

The aim of the contemporary architect is to design the reality of the present and the future with the aid of technology, and to devise pioneering and permanent works at the dawn of the 21st century, by taking care of natural resources as well as environmental and humanitarian needs and creating a relationship between the past and the future.

As in every other context, in architecture, the knowledge and tradition transferred from the past is already in our genes. Therefore, to provide a coherent present, designers have to imagine the future without denying the past, on the contrary, protecting the heritage in the most correct way, yet avoiding reproduction of imitations.

Focused on building the most functional, healthy and bene cial structures, the aesthetics of our time will be the re ection of all those connections.


Murat Tabanlıoğlu, Architect, Founder of Tabanlioğlu Architects, TurkeyRIBA, Chartered Member, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, graduated TU Vienna 1992. He is the founder of Tabanlıoğlu Architects established in 1990 together with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu.

He conducts atelier programs at several Universities, lectures at international platforms, contributes as a jury member at national and international programs such as at AIA and WAF, he served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In 2014 he has been granted with the honor of curating the first Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. He has been the curator of “Port City Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp.” exhibition at MAS Antwerp as the major event of Europalia 2015 Turkey. Recent exhibitions include Stage 0: Travelogue, Architekturgalerie München in 2017 and Recomposing AKM Architektur Galerie Berlin in 2018.