In this episode of Anylabtalks, host Yardim Yardim interviews Sevince Bayrak and Oral Goktas, partners and co-founders of SO; an Istanbul-based studio focusing on design, architecture, and urbanism.
In 2013, they won the Young Architects Program by MoMA/PS1, creating Sky Spotting Stop for Istanbul Modern, which was exhibited in MoMA and MAXXI. In 2015, they won the invitational competition at the Royal Academy of Arts; their project Unexpected Hill was realized in London. Their work has been published internationally and nominated for prestigious Mies, Aga Khan Awards, they were among the finalists of the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award 2019. They were shortlisted for the Future Architecture Platform 2019. Their recent work includes a public cultural center in Istanbul, a chicken coop and a cabin in the rural parts of Turkey, and an interdisciplinary research project on post-disaster emergency housing. Sevince recently published a book adapted from her PhD dissertation about the evolution of public space in Istanbul and teaches in MEF University since 2015 and Oral has been running a graduate design studio, titled Alternative Architectural Practices in MEF University since 2019. Visit http://www.soistanbul.com to see their work.
This interview was recorded in MEF University Architecture Studio, Istanbul on October 18, 2019. Enjoy our conversation.