Ömer Yılmaz

Arkitera Architecture Center

Managing Partner
Speaker in event(s): Opening Speeches, ArkiPARC Awards Award Ceremony
Ömer Yılmaz started his architecture education at Istanbul Technical University, Architecture Department of Faculty of Architecture in 1989. After graduation, he started his post-graduate thesis, which he didn't complete. He attended the excavation-sites at "Hasankeyf, Arykanda, Istanbul Surlari, Karaman Binbir Kilise, Silifke Aya Tekla". Between 1993 and 1997, he worked as an architect in several projects and between 1997-1999 he worked as a construction-site manager. Omer Yilmaz, who has been a member of the board of directors of Arkitera Architecture Center since July 2000, is also the general coordinator of Architecture Center.

Arkitera Architecture Center

Arkitera Architecture Center is an independent architecture and urbanism center founded in 2000 in Istanbul. Its mission is to sustain a better architectural practice, enhance the architectural culture and raise the quality of the built environment in Turkey. In order to achieve this mission, Arkitera develops and publishes several online and printed magazines which is followed by the majority of the professionals of the related fields. Arkitera has also initiated the first and largest archive of contemporary architecture in Turkey, which is being also published over Internet under the name Arkiv. The center keeps its independent status by financing all of its event and publishing costs by sponsorship and advertisement revenues from the construction and property development industries. Arkitera Architecture Center also has close relationships with many similar institutions in Europe and also has collaborations with many architectural schools in Turkey or abroad. Arkitera Education Center has been initiated as a secondary field, for providing continuing educational courses for professionals.

Since its establishment, Arkitera Architecture Center became a central communication platform for debates, discussions and dialogs for architecture and urbanism issues thanks to hundreds of conferences, panels and exhibitions organized.

Arkitera was awarded with the “Contribution to the Architectural Education” prize by the Turkish Freelance Architects Association (Turkiye Serbest Mimarlar Dernegi) in 2004.

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