YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program


June 10 – November 222015

Initiated by Istanbul Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 in 2012, the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program is held biannually during the summer and offers young, emerging architects the opportunity to design a temporary installation in Istanbul Modern’s courtyard. The program’s aim is to encourage architects to address environmental issues such as sustainability, re-use, and re-cycling, and to explore innovative design ideas providing elements of shade, water, and seating that would increase the possibilities of use in open-air spaces. Providing a popular urban venue for the summer, these designs are expected to protect visitors from the heat of the city, host diverse events, and create intimate social spaces for city-dwellers―all within a modest budget and through reasonable architectural solutions.

The YAP: Young Architects Program began in 1998 in MoMA PS1’s courtyard in New York and became international with the participation of CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, Italy, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea alongside Istanbul Modern.

The jury, which came together to select the winning project, was formed of architectural experts and of representatives from Istanbul Modern and the other YAP: Young Architects Programs. From among the proposals of the five finalists the jury selected the project ALL THAT IS SOLID designed by PATTU. “ALL THAT IS SOLID” is a temporary site-specific installation that is inspired by the industrial history of the area, it is a reminder of the past but also a statement about the imminent change the future holds, so we can be more critical about it. 


Program Coordinators & Finalists Exhibition Curators: 
Çelenk Bafra, Pelin Derviş



YAP Istanbul Modern 2014 - 2015 Finalists and Projects:


Ali Sinan & Hasan Okan Çetin (Ankara) / Whisper of Trees

FLAT C (London-Istanbul) / House of Ropes

Herkes İçin Mimarlık, Istanbul Collective Ground

Young & Ayata (New York) / The Bosphorus Grove


YAP Istanbul Modern Selection Process

In line with the principles of the program, nominators from across Turkey and the TRNC were contacted. Nominators included academicians from schools of architecture, architectural critics, members of periodical publications, and representatives from professional organizations such as the Chamber of Architects and the Association of Architects in Private Practice. On November 11, 2014, 5 finalists are selected from among the 30 young candidates put forth by these nominators. The finalists are asked to develop proposals for a temporary installation for Istanbul Modern’s courtyard. The jury reconvened in January 22, 2015 and assessed the proposals presented by finalists.

Presided by Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan (architect), the jury consists of Emre Arolat (architect), Çelenk Bafra (Curator, Istanbul Modern), Barry Bergdoll (Curator, MoMA), Pippo Ciorra (Senior Curator, MAXXI Architettura), Levent Çalıkoğlu (Director, Istanbul Modern), Pelin Derviş (YAP Istanbul Modern Coordinator), Oya Eczacıbaşı (Chair of the Board, Istanbul Modern), Pedro Gadanho (Curator, MoMA), Geuntae Park (Curator, MMCA), Jeannette Plaut and Marcelo Sarovic (Directors, CONSTRUCTO), Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu (architect), and Han Tümertekin (architect).


YAP 2014 - 2015 Finalists Exhibition

An international exhibition presenting the designs of the finalists invited to the program in 2014 and 2015 by MoMA PS1, CONSTRUCTO, MAXXI, MMCA, and Istanbul Modern are on view in Istanbul Modern’s pop-up exhibition area until August 2.


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