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Melis Ugurlu (b.1993, Istanbul) is an architectural designer, writer, and editor based in London. She currently works independently and collaboratively on projects that span interior and furniture design, research and publications, and exhibitions and installations. Melis is an editor at the Avery Review and was a curator at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, for the Pavilion of Turkey titled Architecture as Measure and led by Neyran Turan.



Architecture, Interior

︎︎︎The Sloane Street Deli
︎︎︎Christian Louboutin, La Salvada House

Curatorial, Exhibition, Research

︎︎︎The Pavilion of Turkey, Venice Architecture Biennale 2021
︎︎︎Museum of Lost Volumes
︎︎︎STRAIT, SALT Gallery 


︎︎︎The Avery Review
︎︎︎PLAT 6.0 Absence
︎︎︎PLAT 5.5 Re:License
︎︎︎CLOG x Artificial Intelligence


︎︎︎The Elephant in the Gallery
︎︎︎RSVP for Location
︎︎︎The Culture of the Ephemeral, Conglomerate, and Transient
︎︎︎New York Review of Architecture Dispatch: Bowery


︎︎︎Pliable: Bag as Billboard
︎︎︎3 Feet Deep Records

Melis holds an MA in History and Critical Thinking (HCT) from the Architectural Association and received her Bachelor of Architecture (2017) and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (2015) degrees from Rice University. Her research is situated at the intersection of environmental justice, material ethics, and feminist sensibilities and her MA dissertation explored the dynamic material-histories of concrete through the frameworks of “hydropower relations” and “fluvial feminisms.” Melis is also interested in the active and relational modes of writing architecture histories.

Previously, Melis lived in New York, Houston, and Istanbul and worked with Neyran Turan and NEMESTUDIO, Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, Kyle May, Tarek Shamma, amongst others. 

Please contact for collaborations, commissions, and any other inquiries, including detailed portfolio and CV. 

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