The five finalists of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program have been
The selected project will be installed in the summer of 2015 in Istanbul Modern’s
The finalists of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program, initiated by Istanbul
Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, under the cosponsorship of Garanti Bank, Polimeks Holding and VitrA have been announced. Held
biannually during the summer, the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program offers
young emerging architects the opportunity to design temporary exterior installations through an
innovative approach to architectural design.
Initiated in 2012-2013, the YAP Istanbul Modern is part of the YAP International carried out at
MoMA PS1 in New York, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, the
cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, and the National Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul. The jury consists of Barry Bergdoll (MoMA), Çelenk
Bafra (Istanbul Modern), Emre Arolat, Han Tümertekin, Jeannette Plaut (CONSTRUCTO),
Levent Çalıkoğlu (Istanbul Modern), Melkan Tabanlıoğlu, Oya Eczacıbaşı (Istanbul
Modern), Pedro Gadanho (MoMA), Pelin Derviş (YAP Istanbul Modern Coordinator), Pippo
Ciorra (MAXXI) and Suha Özkan (President of the Jury). The jury convened on November 11,
2014 and selected the five finalists from among the young candidates put forth by nominators from
across Turkey and the TRNC. Finalists are Ali Sinan & Hasan Okan Çetin (Ankara),
Architecture for All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık, Istanbul), FLAT C (Selim Bayer & Bulut Cebeci,
London-Istanbul), PATTU (Cem Kozar & Işıl Ünal, Istanbul) and Young & Ayata (Michael Young &
Kutan Ayata, New York).
The YAP International offers young architects the opportunity to design spaces that promote uses
such as rest, play, and relaxation as well as host diverse events such as shows, music, dance,
exhibitions, and performances. Architects are encouraged to address environmental issues such
as sustainability and recycling and to create innovative projects providing elements such as shade,
water, and seating that increase the possibilities of use in open-air spaces. Within the scope of the
project, the temporary installation built in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard throughout the summer of
2015 will be used by museum visitors of all ages and will host museum activities addressing
especially the young audience.
The designs proposed by the finalists will be assessed by the jury in January 2015. One of these
proposals will be selected and launched in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard in June 2015. In addition to
their respective winners, all YAP partners will organize a concurrent exhibition showcasing the
designs proposed by finalists of the 2015 summer program.
For the YAP Istanbul Modern 2012- 2013 program, please click on:

YAP Istanbul 2015