Yelta Köm

Yelta Köm

Istanbul, Turkey - Frankfurt, Germany



Yelta Köm is 1986 Istanbul born architect/writer based in Frankfurt/Istanbul. He has received a bachelor degree in architecture at Yildiz Technical University. He is currently student at Staedelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt. He is a partner of KOTUstudio, which is Istanbul and New York based interdisciplinary designpractice dedicated to research and design on a variety of subjects, . KOTUstudio examines contemporary design and architectural problems at the intersection of politics, art, technology and architecture, and uses speculation as a design tool to reach deeply solutions. His work focusses on artistic/architectural interventions in public space, and contemporary urban problems related to communities, as well as conflict spaces.

In 2011, he got a travel scholarship from Arkitera Architecture Center.By getting this grant Yelta used this chance to travel around the world in 8 cities, in order to purse and observe a research based diary about the postfordist production of design in each geographies, cities and specific urban conditions. He called his research “In the Pursue of Production”.

In 2011 he co-founded Herkes Icin Mimarlik, a non-profit organization devoted to researching architectural solutions to social problems that Turkey is facing today. The organization engages with the economic, political and social dynamics of the places where it works and aims to create sustainable communities through implementation of its designs. His recent work “Adhoc Library” was shown at the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial “Adhocracy” exhibition. He is co-ordinator of #occupygezi architecture project of Herkes İçin Mimarlık.


Yelta's Professional Blog on Archinect:

nosyopsis : texts about architecture, common spaces, space politics

nosyopsis argued contemporary issues related to architecture, design, common spaces and politics

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Herkes İçin Mimarlık, Istanbul, Co-Founder, Member of Audit Commission

Dec 2011 - current

KOTUstudio, Istanbul, New York, Co-Founder, Principal Architect

Jan 2009 - current

kpm - kerem piker mimarlık, Istanbul, TR, Architect

May 2011 - Nov 2012


Städelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt am Main, DE, Masters, Architecture Class

Sep 2013 - current

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, MArch, Architectural Design

Mar 2012 - current

Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2005 - Nov 2011

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloníki, GR, Architecture

Sep 2009 - Apr 2010

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