Operating from 3 metropolises; Istanbul, London
and New York, EAA interprets different contexts,
geographies, situations and designs globally.


EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture was founded in May 2004 by Emre Arolat and Gonca Paşolar in Istanbul, as the continuation of Emre Arolat’s architectural practices which he started at his parents’ office, Arolat Architects, as an associate designer in 1987. Today EAA is not only one of the largest architectural offices of Turkey, also has a recognized presence in the global scene along its offices in New York and London in addition to Istanbul. Since its establishment, the studio has built an impressively wide range of works from urban masterplans, airports to residential, cultural buildings and workplaces. 

The practice has received international attention very early with the Minicity Theme Park in 2005 which was recognized as Selected Work by the Mies van der Rohe Awards for European Architecture. A great number of international awards followed including Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010 with the Ipekyol Textile Factory Building. Latest breakthrough project Sancaklar Mosque, a building that blends perfectly with the landscape, is again honored by the selection of Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015, along many others.

EAA is highly regarded for its ability to reconcile the identity and rootedness of the context and the place within its cultural, historical and geographic conditions, with the inescapable demands of the contemporary world to succeed in delivering a compelling design as result. Well experienced in big scale national and international projects, the studio prioritizes collaboration with worldwide engineering and consultancy firms and adopt the cutting-edge computer programming to carry them out. The design is pursued till the smallest detail, comprehensively elaborated, solved and drawn.

The noteworthy works of the studio have been compiled in the monograph ‘Context & Plurality’ edited by Philip Jodidio and Suha Ozkan and published by Rizzoli New York in 2013, and also displayed in several important institutions as Design Museum and Royal Academy of Arts in London, at RIBA and at as well as being presented in the International Architecture Biennale in Venice both at 2012 and 2016.

The co-founder and lead designer of the practice, Emre Arolat has been internationally sought after lecturer at prestigious universities. Recently, he taught at the Advanced Studio at Yale School of Architecture as Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor in the 2017 Fall Semester. Arolat was the co-curator of the first Istanbul Design Biennale in 2012. He was granted with a professorship by International Academy of Architecture in 2015.

In 15 years, EAA has received over 80 awards internationally and nationally.


To read about the whole list of awards, please refer to this link.


Faith & Form Awards, Sancaklar Mosque


RIBA International Prize for Architecture, Sancaklar Mosque

The Architectural Review Future Projects Awards, ”Residential” Category Winner, Nibras Residential Commercial Complex

The Architectural Review Future Projects Awards, ”Cultural Regeneration” Category Winner, Entrepot 5 – MSGSU Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture


AAP – American Architecture Prize, “Hospitality”, St.Regis Istanbul

AAP – American Architecture Prize, “Restoration & Renovation”, Abdullah Gül Presidential Museum And Library

AAP – American Architecture Prize, “Recreational Architecture”, Yalıkavak Palmarina

The Plan Award 2017, “Future Transport”, Category Winner, Çukurova Regional Airport Complex


German Design Award, Excellent Communications Design Architecture, Sancaklar Mosque

AICA India, “Residential” Category Winner, Vicem Bodrum Residences

AICA India, “Hospitality” Category Winner, St. Regis


Mies Van der Rohe Award 2015, Highly Commended, Sancaklar Mosque

Archdaily, “Religious Building of the Year” Winner, Sancaklar Mosque

WAF (World Architecture Festival), “Future Infrastructure”, Category Winner, Cukurova Regional Airport

Designs of the Year 2015, Design Museum London, Sancaklar Mosque

Archmarathon 2015, “Religious Buildings” Category Winner, Sancaklar Mosque


WAF (World Architecture Festival), “Future Projects-Leisure Led” Category Winner, Antakya Museum Hotel

WAF (World Architecture Festival), “Completed Buildings-Shopping” Category Winner, Yalıkavak Palmarina


WAF (World Architecture Festival), “Completed Buildings-Religion” Category Winner, Sancaklar Mosque


WAF (World Architecture Festival), “Future Projects-Education” Category Winner, AGU Sumer Campus

Cityscape Dubai Awards, “Completed Leisure Buildings”, Winner, Le Meridien Etiler


MIPIM AR Future Project Awards, “Mixed Use”, Category Winner, Cendere Valley Urban Design

Cityscape Dubai Awards, “Leisure Built”, Winner, Raif Dinçkök Cultural Centre


Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Ipekyol Textile Factory


Emirates Glass Leaf Awards, “Mixed Use Building of the Year”, 7800 Çeşme Residences & Hotel


Cityscape Dubai Awards, “Special and Master Planning Award”, Zorlu Center


European Union Prize Mies van der Rohe Award, “Selected Work”, Minicity Model Park


1. National Architecture Awards, “Project”, Hotel and Residence Complex, Mahdia, Tunisia


XIII. National Architecture Awards, “Project”, Aomori Housing Complex, Aomori, Japan


Tepe Center Awards for Architectural Culture, “New Prospects in Architecture”, Renovation of Akayteks Factory