Yelta Köm


Yelta Köm is 1986 Istanbul born architect based in Istanbul, practicing as partner in KOTUstudio with Erdem Tüzün. He has received bachelor degree in architecture at Yildiz Technical University also he studied at Aristotle University Thessaloniki as an exchange student. He is now post-graduate student at Staedelschule Architecure Class.

He lead an an organization “kayıtdışı” in Istanbul. He serves as the co-organizer of this design collective. Kayıtdışı focuses on situational analysis and critical approaches. He was granted by Smart Geometry, AA (Architectural Associaton) Mittelmeerland, Open Society Foundation, ISMD. He competed in several national and international competitions and received awards or distinctions at each of them. His works focused on theoretical discussion about artistic/architectural interventions in public space, geo-politics and contemporary urban problems related to communities, conflict spaces.

In 2011, he got a travel scholarship from Arkitera Architecture Center. He traveled in 35 days around 8 countries, 10 cities (Mumbai, Jakarta, Guanzhou, Beijing, New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo). This travel was a rapid research project and its aim was to seek an answer of “How production keeps these cities alive? What is the role of current production strategies of these cities?”.

In 2011 he founded with his friends Herkes Icin Mimarlik, a registered non-profit organization devoted to searching for architectural solutions to social problems are faced today in Turkey, where he is also member of auidit comission.

His recent work “Adhoc Library” and collaborated work with CohStra&kay;ıtdışı "Active Monument to Urban Destruction" exhibited at 1st Istanbul Design Biennial “Adhocracy” exhibition, curated by Joseph Grima. Also his has two works in “Musibet” exhibition, curated by Emre Arolat, one of them with kpm -kerempiker mimarlık and other with Herkes İçin Mimarlık.

He writes articles about architecture, urban issues, architectural theory and media for local and international magazines. His texts could find in his blog nosyopsis.