In February, CreativeMornings Istanbul will take place physically at ATÖLYE. At this month’s event, we are hosting Architectural Designer Alper Derinboğaz with the theme of “monumental”. At the event, Alper will talk about how the theme resonates with his personal and professional journey.
09:00-09:30: Welcoming and Breakfast
10:00-10.30: Q&A and Networking
*This event will be held in Turkish.
About the Speaker:
Born in 1982, Alper Derinboğaz graduated from Istanbul Technical University in 2005. He received a Fulbright fellowship for the Advanced Architectural Studies program in Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, and won the UCLA Graduate Award. In 2010, Derinboğaz founded his studio, Salon, which is also used as a “meeting space for new ideas or criticism” in French. He continues to work as a studio manager in the architectural design studio at Istanbul Technical University and a jury member in competitions, in addition to his professional practice.
The three projects, Gate, Panorama and Augmented Structures, built by Derinboğaz, were included in the Best Architectural Selection of the Year in 2011 and received the Arkitera Young Architect Award in the same year.
Derinbogaz won many awards and honors in the international arena. He won the German Design Award and Green Good Design Award in 2018, the Plan Innovative Architecture and Architizer A+ Award in 2015, and was a YAP finalist again in 2015. Derinboğaz, whose works were exhibited in the Pavilion of Turkey, at the 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, which Turkey participated for the first time. He was also included in the Europe 40 Under 40 selection by the European Architecture Center in 2019 and Archdaily’s Best Young Architectural Practices Award in 2020.
February’s Theme is Monumental.
When we call something monumental, we mean it as a matter of scale. Societies erect statues and build squares and dedicate memorials to prevent the past from being buried. These structures loom large and cast long shadows. They are meant to endure, to keep our ancestors alive in our memories, but sometimes they dwarf the living and engulf life itself.
What does it mean to think on a monumental timescale? To honor the past in such a way that it paves a path for the unfolding of the present? We have no way of knowing if our memories will outlive us if they will manage to travel the vastness of space and time. But there are people in the future who will need our stories, stories capacious enough to hold all of our humanity. So what will you bear witness to? What will you leave behind when you’re gone?
Our Richmond chapter chose this month’s exploration of Monumental and Mending Walls to illustrate the theme.