Can Çinici

A talk about upgrading the city

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Born in 1962, Çinici received architectural education at METU and at Architectural Association in London.He has received several awards in national and international levels such as, 1995 Aga Khan Award for the Mosque of The Turkish National Assembly, 1999 Tepe Architectural Foundation Award and National Architectural Awards (1994 and 2014). He has been invited to several international exhibitions and events including ‘Traces of Centuries and Future Steps’ within 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale  and ‘7 Architects – 7 Hills’ organized by WA Community in 2008-2009. He currently runs the office of Çinici Architects in İstanbul

His design approach can be summarized as; Responding to market conditions in a rapidly modernizing and urbanizing country with a critical outlook, regarding environmental problems and urban context as inseparable dimensions of architectural practice.

We wanted to change some fixed ideas.

NEF Primary School. Çinici Architects. © Cemal Emden

Can Çinici explains how the accelerating building boom in Turkey that happened in the early 1990’s affected his work.

Moreover, he deeps on the the educational buildings which have had a considerable importance in his career. Since the very early years of the Republican period the design of the Public schools in Turkey are commisioned to architects as nothing more that adjusting some ‘Standart Types’ which was set by the goverment authorities. Among several examples, Can analyzes the NEF School.


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