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Yelta Köm was born in Istanbul in 1986 and is an architect, writer and curator based in Istanbul. He practises as a partner in KOTUstudio and is the co-founder of (Herkes Icin Mimarlik) Architecture For All. He studied architecture at Yildiz Technical University Istanbul, and also studied as an exchange student at Aristotle University Thessaloniki. He completed his post-graduate degree at Staedelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt. He is a graduate student at Mardin Artuklu University, Department of Architecture.

Yelta Köm ‘s works focused on the theoretical discussion about architectural interventions in common spaces, geo-politics, architecture theory and contemporary urban problems related to communities. He is the coordinator and editor of the “#occupygezi architecture” project by Herkes Icin Mimarlik, which exhibited at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Salt Istanbul, V&A Museum London, Adhocracy in Athens and ngbk Berlin. He curated the “Caution! Slippery Ground” exhibition about architectural culture, which was held in Istanbul Modern Art Museum. He organizes workshops with various communities and is currently coordinating the project in Diyarbakir, Narlica village. In 2014, his article “Taksim Square: A Spatial Narrative of the Perpetual Reconquista” was published in Urbane Interventionen Istanbul by Merve Verlag. Recently he has been the guest editor of Betonart Magazine for the summer 2015, which focused on contemporary architectural problems.


2017 Actopolis Project By Goethe-Institut Athens, Curated by Pelin Tan
2016 Goethe-Institut Ankara, We Won’t Leave
2015 MAXXI Museum Rome, “Istanbul Joy, Passion And Fury.” with Herkes Icin Mimarlik
2015 Das ABC des Bundesverbandes der Migrantinnen e.V.Ein Weibliches Wörterbuch, Historiches Museum Frankfurt
2015 3rd Antalya International Architecture Biennial, Turkey Participant, “Incremental Housing”
2015 14th Istanbul Biennial, Artıkişler Kolektifi, Imagination I-II, Exhibition designs with Artıkişler Kolektifi
2015 nGbK, Politische Kunst in Widerstand in der Türkei, Participant with #occupygezi architecture
2015 VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series “Caution! Slippery Ground” / Istanbul Modern, Curator, Exhibition Design
2014 Made By Makers / Studio-X Istanbul
2014 Disobedient Object /Victoria & Albert Museum, London with #occupygezi architecture
2014 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial “The Future Is Now What Is Used To Be”, Participated in three different projects (KONTRAAKT, #occupygezi architecture, TwtRate)
2014 Disobedience Archive, SALT Istanbul with #occupygezi architecture
2012 1st Istanbul Design Biennial “Adhocracy”, Galata Greek Primary School ,
Active Monument To Urban Destruction with Kayitdişi,Lucia Babina, Emiliano Gandolfi, Gabriela Rendón And Miguel Robles-Durán
2012 1st Istanbul Design Biennial “Musibet”, Istanbul Modern Museum

Publications (selected)

2015 Betonart Magazine, 2015 Summer Issue, “present+.“
Invited guest editor, interviewed with Peter Eisenman, Beatriz Colomina, Pelin Tan, Marina Otero Vezier
2015 Plankton Project: Merkez dışı mimarlıklar, Istanbul Art News, Kasım 2015
2014 Urbane Intervention Istanbul: Learning From Gezi?, Merve Verlag Berlin
Book Contribution “ A Spatial Narrative Of The Perpetual Reconquista (What’s Happening In Taksim)”
2014 Cam Kutularda Mimarlıkları Büyütmek, Arredemento Mimarlık Dergisi, Eylül Sayısı
“Grow Architecture in Terrariums, Exhibition Critic about Turkish Pavillion in Venice Architecture Biennial”
2014 Querido Estambul, Tenemos Que Hablar | Revista Arquine Magazine No.67, Mexico

Public Talks & Lectures (selected)

2015 Ted Talk, Architecture fo All, TedXReset, Istanbul
Guest Speaker
2015 14th Istanbul Biennial, Autonomous Archiving: meets
The Surplus of Political Action in Urban Space, Art Practices
Guest Speaker
2015 Özyeğin University, Architecture Culture Course, Istanbul
Guest Lecturer
2014 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Designers in Dialogue: The Future is?
Guest Speaker
2014 Gezi Movement And Architecture Of Resistance Bi’bak, Berlin – Independent Art Space
Guest Speaker
2014 Architecture for All and Current Situations in Turkey, Mundus Urbano, TU Darmstadt
Guest Lecturer
2013 “Istanbul And Beirut”, AA Mittelmeerland Alexandria Symposium, Egypt
Guest Lecturer