Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu (Int’l. Assoc. AIA) studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University. After graduating in 1993, she attended Polytechnic University of Metropolitan Catalonia for her Master of Architecture. She joined Tabanlıoğlu Architects in 1995.
She gives lectures at various national and international platforms and serves as jury member at several programs and awards, her latest contribution being RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education.
As an architect some of her recent awards include International Architecture Award of Property Awards for Tripoli Congress Center in 2010 and Astana Arena in 2011 as Public Sector Winners; RIBA International Award in 2011 for Loft Gardens; 2012 ICSC European Shopping Centre Awardfor Marmara Forum; WAF 2012 Transport Category Winner Bodrum International Airport; and Cityscape Global 2012 Community & Culture Category Winner Astana Media Center; 2013 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project AwardsBig Urban Projects Category Winner Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeo Park Area. Project for the New National Stadium, Japan International Design Competition was short-listed in November 2012.
In addition to several architectural prizes, Melkan has been selected as one of the “Europe 40 under 40” for 2008. She shared MEA- Middle East Architect Award, “Architect of the Year” in 2010 with her partner Murat Tabanlıoğlu. Evaluating recent works, Magazine dell’Architettura selected Melkan and Murat Tabanlıoğlu as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in contemporary architecture, in 2011.
Tabanlıoğlu Architects was established by Murat Tabanlıoğlu in collaboration with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu in 1990; Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu joined the group in 1995. Tabanlioglu has more then 50 years experience in architecture starting with Dr. Hayati Tabanlioglu, highly regarded architect of Ataturk Culture Center, Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Ataköy Tourism Center including Galleria, the first shopping mall of Turkey.
Based in Istanbul with branches in Ankara and Dubai, office consists of more then 130 employees, operating in mainly Turkey, MENA and CIS Countries. Searching for new efficiencies in terms of global and environmental needs and developments, Tabanlıoğlu works comprise wide range of building types from housing, offices, mix-used and industrial projects to high-rises, such as Kanyon, Sapphire, Levent Loft, Sipopo Congress Center, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Al-Fattan Crystal Towers in Dubai and renovation projects such as Beyazıt Library from the 16th Century, the memorable Tarabya Hotel and Hayati Tabanlıoğlu’s Ataturk Cultural Center.
Tabanlıoğlu ranks 79th in “BD World Architecture” top 100 list of year 2009.
In the potential of architecture to improve the quality of life, Tabanlıoğlu Architects designs buildings with positive impact on the nature of community in Istanbul and abroad, many of which became socially significant for their cities.