Erdem Tüzün is an architect based in New York, presently leading the design team for Eisenman Architects.


He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Istanbul Technical University and Master of Science in Architecture degree at Pratt Institute. He was presented with many architectural awards including first prize at Çekirge Square Competition in 2017, and the National Architecture Award in Turkey with his “The Giant Machine” project in 2016. Erdem was one of the associate curators of Vardiya/The Shift which was presented at the Pavilion of Turkey for La Biennale di Venezia 16th Architectural Exhibition in 2018. He is a co-founder of Herkes İçin Mimarlık -Architecture For All-, an independent architecture organization based in Istanbul, that promotes collaborative design processes between government representatives, various professionals, and citizens.

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VARDIYA / THE SHIFT, 2018 - Pavilion of Turkey, La Biennale di Venezia 16th Architectural Exhibition

Vardiya / the Shift commited a program full of public events to turn Pavilion of Turkey into an open space for temporary accommodation, production and encountering. It is envisioned as a hotspot for workshops, roundtable discussions and informal meetings, welcoming over a hundred international students of architecture, tens of tutors, guest professionals, keynote speakers and visitors while inviting all to a continuous learning and production process throughout the twenty-five weeks of the biennial. Kerem Piker was the curator of the pavilion with five associate curators including Erdem Tüzün. More

ÇEKIRGE SQUARE, 2017 - First Prize
The proposed project lays out short and long term strategies to renew Çekirge's character. On an urban scale, the project creates a pedestrian promenade that connects different landmarks and focal points in the area. Designed with pedestrian accessibility and safety in mind, the trail isolates itself from the vehicular traffic and offers an uninterrupted walking experience. Along the trail, multiple architectural and landscape oriented interventions are proposed to increase the vibrancy of the area. These spaces offer both collective and individual experience for the locals and visitors. w/ Hayrettin Günç
The dualist mode of thinking in contemporary architectural profession for the building and ground relationship fluctuates between either disguising the building with natural elements and creating a fake sense of the natural, or undermining the ground by fetishizing the figure. The proposal sits in between, where the artificial and natural is in a symbiotic relationship. w/ Sina Özbudun, Isaac Michan, Yelta Köm

THE GIANT MACHINE, 2012 - National Architecture Award (Chamber of Architects of Turkey)
The Giant Machine questions the human footprints on earth as well as the existance and conflict of nature and design. The machine proposes that an industrial mechanism can be seeded without any physical or mental harm. Instead it proposes that its features and intentions will contribute to amergence with the environment. The Machine's technology is built upon this projection. Unlike a rocket spreading toxic chemicals and noise, an elevator ascending to space evolvesquietly into Darwin's tranquil habitat. Residents of the island watch over thisquest, embracing it. The Giant’s composition fused into nature enables its own aesthetics viaovercoming its authentic intentions, kitbashing. Objects gain functions distinctfrom previous versions and evolve into a layered flowing form by combining.

© Erdem Tüzün, 2019