“to investigate the compass of architecture’s potentialities”
What is the locality of the present day as we live in the age of globalization (along the context-meaning axis)?
As a generator of “relational space” can the city be a new model of learning in the field of architecture?
The dissolution of identities is one of the fundamental questions of contemporary subjects of the present day –however, can it also be an opportunity for architects to generate new positionings?
To believe that it is in the nature of architecture to engender different forms of communication and that architecture is inclined to come into being without a set of mutually agreed and accepted common rules; to re-define the phenomenon known as design,
Not to foresee a design; but to work towards a design through conditions, actors and means; not to ‘create’ something but to ‘allow it to become’,
To expand the space of possibilities by multiplying conditions, actors and possibilities; and to strive to find the interfaces where thought, information and possibilities will discover each other,
To investigate forms of social interaction and communication in which architecture enters into a process of self-instrumentalization,
To pursue the meaning-content relationship engendered by ‘local space’; to trace a type of architecture that will sustain and multiply itself through all times not with its physical presence but on merit,
To produce, in the face of the accelerated expectations of the global world, ‘strategies of deceleration’ using the means and methods of the environment,
To define the client not as an individual or an institution, but as a ‘situation’,
To resist the attraction of architecture focused on the sanctified ‘object’ or ‘building’; and to treat necrophiliac instincts and reflexes with suspicion.
Boğaçhan Dündaralp, architect
Won numerous awards since his college years such as Archiprix (1997), Arkitera Young Architect Award (2004), two National Architecture Awards (1998, 2006) and the YEM (The Building Information Centre) Award (2008) Staged his project entitled “homeless home” with artist Cildo Meireles as part of the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003). He was invited by Oda Projesi to participate in the exhibition project entitled “Yer’ den Mekan’ a” (From Site to Space) as part of the “Collective Creativity” exhibition at Kassel-Kunsthalle Fridericianum (2005). He was the editor of the architectural exhibition entitled “Ev: Bir Yerleşme Müzakeresi” (Home: A Settlement Negotiation) (2006). He was invited to the “masum bir eylem / innocent act” KAHEM Studio (2007) initiated by Pelin Tan and Hou Hanru (10th Istanbul Biennial, 2007). Dündaralp has edited sections in many national and international publications, and has published numerous projects and articles. A selection of his works has been published in the book entitled “Genç Çizgiler / Young Lines” (2004).
He conducted projects and workshops in various schools of architecture, and has contributed to the formation of alternative education environments. He has been a member of national, professional and student competition juries such as the XII. National Architecture Awards and Exhibition (2010). In 2009, he has been assigned as one of three architects who will represent Istanbul by The Architecture Foundation/London for London-Istanbul International Exchange Programme which is supported by Arkitera Architecture Centre and Garanti Gallery also. The programme is finalized with a book called “istanbul para-doxa” where these three architects’ conversations on their design approaches, experiences in Istanbul. He was nominated as one of the participants from 22 countries for ICIF – Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation – “The Challenge of The Time” prize, curated by Stefano Boeri (2010). He was invited to 1st Antalya International Architecture Biennial (2011) to produce as a part of “Experimental Architecture Works”. In addition to the project titled “A Survival Manual for Toki Dwellers”, which was a part of “Adhocracy” exhibition curated by Joseph Grima, he was invited to 1st Istanbul Design Biennial (2012) for an “intervention” in Yona Friedman’s “Haliç Centre” project, which will be performed as a part of the exhibition, and a series of talks organized in cooperation with Columbia University, titled “Promiscuous Encounters”. Since 2005, Dündaralp has been directing the architecture office DDRLP, and researching and developing solution strategies for multilayered architectural problems like the city and the metropolis, and for different architectural scales with his multi-positioned stance within the area of architectural knowledge..
Berna Ocak Dündaralp
She graduated from Izmir Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 1998. Between 1999 and 2001, she worked with Cengiz Bektaş and Bektaş Self-Management Workshop. Later, she worked on restoration projects and applications under the management of Mehmet Demirer in the Restoration Department within the structure of Yapı Merkezi between 2002-2006. In 2006-2007, they produced various projects together with Sinan Omacan and Rıdvan Övünç at Atölye Mimarlık. To this day, she continues to work in collaboration with Boğaçhan Dündaralp within DDRLP architecture and design services. Since 2009, she has carried out architectural projects and implementations in different size and scope of education structures, and since 2012 she has actively worked in joint projects on alternative education with different disciplines from the field of education. She has articles on ‘eğitimpedia’ regarding educational structures.
Mesut Seçgin (2023-)
In 2012, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Architecture. While continuing her education, he started working part-time in Izmir. He took part in architectural and interior design projects in different offices in Izmir and Istanbul.
Throughout his working life, he worked in the design, license project, exploration, quantity survey, tender and coordination phases of projects in different typologies and scales (such as housing, mass housing, hotel, store, office, public buildings, hypermarket projects …). Since 2020, he has been involved in Archicad and BIM based projects. In 2021, he received his BIM specialization certificate from ITU SEM. In 2023, he joined the ddrlp team.
Sezgi Göktepe (2017-2022)
She started her undergraduate education in architecture at Bahçeşehir University in 2013. She studied in Berlin in the spring of 2015, and in Rome in the spring of 2016. In the summer of 2016, she gained experience with Luca Curci Architects in Bari and It’s Liquid Group in Venice. As part of the Istanbul-Berlin Art Bridge Workshop conducted by Jochen Proehl, her photographs were exhibited at the BAUART Gallery and the Berlin Chamber of Architects as part of the MakeCity Architecture festival. She attended the ‘Made in Italy’ certificate program at BAU International Academy of Rome. As a result of her participation, she was given the “Award of Excellence” by Anna FENDI in Rome. She participated in the ‘Sustainable Architecture Workshop’ with EOVASTUDIO. She graduated in June 2017. She won the Honorable Mention Award of Archiprix Turkey with her graduation project in the 2016-2017 academic year. She worked as an architect in numerous projects at DDRLP architecture and design services between June 2017 -June 2022. She managed DDRLP architecture and design services’ social media accounts between 2019-2022.
Our Past ColleaguesLale Ceylan (2009-2014), Çağrı Helcvacıoğlu, İpek Kay, Ayten Başdemir (2006-2007)
Our Project Based Working Partners
Ahmet Önder, Aslı K. İngin, Atılgan Algan, Aylin Öter Önder, Cenk Dereli, Ceren Balkır Övünç, Çağrı Helvacıoğlu, Dilara Has, Elif Pekin, Ezgi Yelekoğlu, Hakan Tung, Hakan Tüzün Şengün, İpek Kay, Mine Ovacık, Nevzat Sayın, Nilüfer Kozikoğlu, Oğuz Bayazıt, Orhan Kolukısa, Pelin Tan, Sedef Tunçağ, Serheng Dellal, Tülay Atabey