Erdem Tüzün, AIA, is presently a senior architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.


He is a registered architect licensed in New York and Turkey. Prior to SOM, Erdem worked as a lead designer at Eisenman Architects for nine years and taught at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology between 2020–23. He was one of the associate curators of the Pavilion of Turkey at the Venice Biennale in 2018. He is a co-founder of Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture for All), an NGO devoted to offering solutions to social problems from an architectural perspective. Erdem received a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Architecture degree with Distinction from Istanbul Technical University.

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Competition. 2023. w/ Nesli Naz Aksu, Ata Aksu, Talya Polat


The proposal suggests moving away from traditional, closed, and static structures, into open and dynamic arrangements. The vision for Taksim is one that is inspired by the predominant character of the space and extended to be seamlessly integrated into a holistic, novel one. Taksim Square should be flexible, responsive, and adaptive, all the while respecting the historical narrative.

International Competition. Shortlisted. 2020. w/ Hayrettin Günç, Yelta Köm, Elif Tan, Studio Libani, Visuals: Teras


Vardiya / the Shift committed a program full of public events to turn the Pavilion of Turkey into an open space for temporary accommodation, production, and encountering. Selected architecture students with an international open call took weekly shifts at the pavilion as active producers of an evolving exhibition content.

The pavilion curated by Kerem Piker, Cansu Cürgen, Yelta Köm, Nizam Onur Sönmez, Yağız Söylev, and Erdem Tüzün.
The Pavilion of Turkey, La Biennale di Venezia 16th Architectural Exhibition. 2018.


The proposed project lays out short and long-term strategies to renew the character of Bursa’s Çekirge neighborhood. On an urban scale, the project creates a pedestrian promenade that connects different landmarks and focal points in the area. Along the trail, multiple architectural and landscape-oriented interventions are proposed to increase the vibrancy of the area.

Competition. First Prize. 2017. w/ Hayrettin Günç


The dualist mode of thinking in the contemporary architectural profession for 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 are in a symbiotic relationship.

Competition. Mention Prize. 2016. w/ Sina Özbudun, Isaac Michan, Yelta Köm


Betonart 46 asks about the status of architecture now and in the near future to various actors from architectural practice, theory, education, publication. The issue includes twenty interviews including Marina Otero Verzier, Nil Tuzcu, Gökhan Kodalak, Adnan Aksu, Beatriz Colomina, Cynthia Davidson, Isaac Michan, Kutan Ayata, Pelin Tan, Peter Eisenman, and Johan Bettum.

Betonart, a quarterly architectural magazine, Issue 46, is guest-edited by Erdem Tüzün and Yelta Köm. 2015. Cover Image: Refik Anadol


The exhibition design consists of two overlapping elements: the twenty meters long table hosting the "symbols and rituals" section, and the triangulated aluminum panel surfaces holding works of the seven invited participants of the exhibition.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. 2015. w/ Yelta Köm, Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren


IZKA Headquarters is designed to accommodate the incubation center and administrative offices shaped around an atrium that creates a spatial continuity within the building. The continuous ramp weaves the two parts of the incubation center and creates a continuous working space and opportunities for casual encounterings.

Competition. 2012. w/ Sina Özbudun, Isaac Michan, Yelta Köm


The Giant Machine questions the human footprint on the earth as well as the existence and the conflict of nature and design. The Giant’s composition fused into nature enables its own aesthetics via overcoming its authentic intentions. Objects gain functions distinct from previous versions and evolve into a layered flowing form by combining.

National Architecture Award (Chamber of Architects of Turkey). 2012.


Idea Competition. Second Prize. 2013. w/ Mihriban Duman, Yelta Köm

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