Architect. Member of the Prize’s Board of Experts.
An architect, editor and exhibition curator, Pelin Derviş graduated in Architecture from the Istanbul Technical University where she also obtained a master’s degree in the university’s History of Architecture programme. After working as an architect for fourteen years, she turned her attention to the cultural aspect of architectural production. Among her main interests are contemporary urban matters and documentation of modern architecture in Turkey.
She took part in the founding and development of SALT, a cultural institution that documents art, architecture, design, and urbanism in contemporary Turkey. Moreover, under the auspices of this institution she curated the exhibition “Performance of Modernity: Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, 1946-1977”. She has contributed as an editor to publications like Becoming Istanbul (Garanti Galeri, 2008), Tracing Istanbul [from the air] and Mapping Istanbul (both published by Garanti Galeri, 2009) and An Atypical Practice DS (YEM Yayınları, 2016). She works with the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art where she coordinates exhibitions of the Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series and the Young Architects Programme (YAP), which is carried out in collaboration with
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA / MoMA PS1. She has also coordinated the project “Places of Memory opens” for the Turkish pavilion at the Fourteenth Venice Biennale.
Last update: March 2019