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Melis Ugurlu (b.1993, Istanbul) is an editor, writer, and designer of architecture based in London. She works independently and collaboratively on projects that span interior and furniture design, research and publications, and exhibitions and installations. Melis is a contributing editor of the Avery Review and collaborates with Territorial Agency, currently on the publications of How Heavy is a City? for the 2025 Lisbon Triennale. Previously, Melis was assistant curator at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, and edited for the Pavilion of Turkey, titled Architecture as Measure and led by Neyran Turan.




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

Curatorial, Exhibition, Research

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


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

Architecture, Interior

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


︎︎︎Pliable: Bag as Billboard
︎︎︎3 Feet Deep Records

Christian Louboutin La Salvada House

Type: Residential
Architectural Design Lead
2023, completed

Featured Press: The New York Times 

Set on the hillside on the coast of Portugal, La Salvada House is the guest villa, designed for the French fashion designer Christian Louboutin’s complex in the village of Melides. The architectural and interior project is by Tarek Shamma Design Consultancy and the house is built on a three-point brief: hang a 9m wide painting, preserve the ancient prickly pear cactus on site, and respect the outline of the pre-existing ruins. 

The design uses traditional building techniques and local materials in less conventional ways, weaving together tiles, textiles, and textures to shape the overall character of the space. Embracing the landscape the villa is situated in, the volume and shape of the plan is (in)formed through hugging the cactus tree that sits at the center of the house. In the overall spatial design of the house, steps become a tool to organize space, creating different levels and layers for nooks, resting, storage, and even as a visual element in the case of the stair area that lead up to the roof.

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