On Thursday, June 21st, Emre Arolat presented notable examples of his work to a group of Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) members who gathered for a luncheon at the SoHo studio of EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture.
Emre Arolat presented three of his recent projects ; SantralIstanbul Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul, a new museum hotel currently under construction in Antakya and the winner of the RIBA 2018 Award for Excellence, the Sancaklar Mosque, in Istanbul.
Following the discussion, the audience heard remarks from Ben Derbyshire, president of the RIBA, who graciously spoke of the RIBA Award given to EAA for the design of the Sancaklar Mosque, presenting it as a great example of the new paradigm in religious architecture. “The Sancaklar Mosque is truly embracing nature and women as it shows the basis of spirituality and the articulation of it is absolutely beautiful. I want to emphasize how important and unique the award is now because we described ourselves as a global institute – a global membership for the advancement of architecture” said Derbyshire.