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.
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.
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