Gonca Pasolar is co-founding partner of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture. Born in Switzerland, Pasolar commenced her college studies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara-Turkey, receiving also her graduate degree in the field of Architecture. In 2004, along with Emre Arolat they formed their own practice in Istanbul as EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture. Ever since, her contribution to EAA’s presence has been shown in exhibitions and lectures worldwide in addition to her jury duties in various national and international competitions.
Pasolar won many prestigious awards throughout her career and went on to be the Managing Partner of EAA, the position that she currently holds for the practice’s New York, London and Istanbul offices. Upon receiving European Center for Architecture’s 40 under 40 award in 2010 which is given to outstanding performance in Architecture and Design she also became known as one of the five nominees for AJ’s Women Architects of the Year Award in 2015.
She is well known for some of the recent installations of the practice as ‘ist-on situations’ exhibition at RIBA in London (2015), arch I strata I antioch for the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2016), ‘Contrasts’ for the Complements and Dichotomies exhibition of YAI in Miami (2017).
In 2017, Pasolar and Arolat were the Norman R.Foster Visiting Professors at the Yale School of Architecture.