Erdem Tüzün, AIA, is a registered architect in New York and Turkey, 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 awarded the first prize at Çekirge Square Competition in 2017, and the National Architecture Award in Turkey for his “The Giant Machine” project in 2016. Erdem was one of the associate curators of Vardiya 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), a non-profit organization devoted to offering solutions to social problems in Turkey from an architectural perspective. He is a visiting lecturer at TOBB University of Economics and Technology since 2020.
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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, BIENNALE VENEZIA
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 the active producers of the evolving exhibition content.
The pavilion curated by Kerem Piker, Cansu Cürgen, Yelta Köm, Nizam Onur Sönmez, Yağız Söylev, and Erdem Tüzün.
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
PAMUKKALE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTUREThe 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, NOW+
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 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.
THE GIANT MACHINE
THE GIANT MACHINE
National Architecture Award (Chamber of Architects of Turkey). 2012.
Idea Competition. Second Prize. 2013. w/ Mihriban Duman, Yelta Köm
© Erdem Tüzün. 2022.