Founding Partner at Tabanlıoğlu Architects
(RIBA, Chartered Member, Int’l. Assoc. AIA) studied architecture at Vienna Technical University and
graduated in 1992. He founded Tabanlıoğlu Architects in cooperation with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu in
Istanbul in 1990. Today his award winning practice is developing projects on four continents.
He lectures at universities and various international platforms besides his recent atelier program at
Istanbul Bilgi University. In addition to his national and international contributions as a jury member, such
as at AIA and WAF, Murat served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for
Partners received MEA- Middle East Architect’s “Architect of the Year” Award in 2010 and in 2013 and in
2018, they are both selected as the “Architect of the Year” by Big Project ME. In 2018, Middle East
Architects Magazine announced Melkan Gürsel – Murat Tabanlıoğlu as 2nd&3rd in the list of most powerful
50 figures who shaped the architecture of the ME.
Along with several prize-winning projects, e.g. RIBA International Awards in 2011 and 2013 respectively for
Loft Gardens and Bodrum International Airport, Beyazıt State Library that is finalist for Mies Van Der Rohe
Awards in 2017 and finalist for Aga Khan Architecture Awards in 2019, and several others, Murat curates
exhibitions and designer of various instalation exhibited in international platforms.
In 2014 he has been granted with the great honor of curating the first Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th
International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2015, he has been the curator of “Port City
Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp.” exhibition at MAS Antwerp, as a major event of Europalia 2015 Turkey. Murat is
also invited to create installations that are exhibitied at the London Design Festival; Summerset House and
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2015 & 2016. Recently he had exhibitions “Stage_0;
Travelogue” in ArchitekturGalerie in Munich in 2017 and in 2018 “Re-composing AKM” in
ArchitekturGalerie Berlin. He is the co-designer of “housEmotion” installation exhibite at Interni
Milan2018, LDB2018 and Dubai Design Week …