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Ilhan Ertan

Desıgn Portfolıo

Education 2016 – IZMIR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BArch Architecture (English), (Honours Degree) 2017 – 2018 HOCHSCHULE KOBLENZ (GERMANY) BSc, Architecture, Erasmus+ Student Exchange Programme (Granted) 2013 – 2016 IZMIR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BSc, City & Regional Planning (English) (Transferred) 2008 – 2013


Experience 2018

Emre Arolat Architecture, London, United Kingdom Intern Architect (Erasmus+ Trainee)

2017 Ayyapı Mimari, Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Iİzmir, Turkey Intern Architect

Hi. I am İlhan Ertan.

2017 Folkart, Folkart Time, Izmir, Turkey Intern Architect 2015 Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey Intern

I am an architect based in İzmir, Turkey. I graduated from İzmir Institute of Technology with a BArch Architecture (Honours) Computer Skills degree. I also worked for Emre Arolat Architecture in London, Autocad UK as an Intern Architect and Folkart in İzmir, Turkey as a Revit Rhino Construction Intern. Grasshopper In this portfolio, you will see some of the works I practiced throughout my exploration of architecture. Each work holds a different approach to both built and natural environment and benefits from various kinds of visualization methods so that this portfolio doesn’t try to possess one specific template in order to respect each project ’s basic visual and conceptual features.

Photoshop Illustrator Indesign Sketchup Lumion Cinema 4D MS Word MS Excel MS Project ArcGIS

Language Turkish, Native English, C1 German, A2

References Kalliopi AMYGDALOU, Ph.D UCL Fehmi Dogan, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Emre Ilal, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Virginia Couch, Instructor

Free Speech Platform Workshop Complex I Workshop Complex II Faculty Canteen

Type: Architectural Design / Parametric Design / Urban Design Location: ÇANAKKALE Year: 2019 Keywords: Free Speech, Green Network, Urban Sprawl, Grasshopper Type: Architectural Design Location: ALSANCAK, IZMIR Year: 2016 Keywords: Fragmantation, Stratification, Urban, City Type: Architectural Design Location: YAĞCILAR, URLA, İZMİR Year: 2017 Keywords: Integration, Restoration, Landscape Type: Architectural Design / Technical Drawing / Architectural Documentation Location: URLA, İZMİR Year: 2018 Keywords: BIM, Steel Construction, Revit

Meles Urban Desıgn

Type: Urban Design / Architectural Design / Urban Research Location: HALKAPINAR, İZMİR Year: 2018 Keywords: Transportation, Accessibility, Development, Innovation

Sumerbank Housıng

Type: Architectural Design / Residential Development / Restoration Location: ALSANCAK, İZMİR Year: 2018 Keywords: BIM, Parametric, Industrial Heritage, Housing, Residential

Flow - Spatıal Wall

Type: Parametric Design / Digital Processing / Architectural Design Location: KOBLENZ, GERMANY Year: 2017 Keywords: Laser Cut, Cinema 4D, Extrusion, Clone, Wood, Nature


FREE SPEECH PLATFORM / çanakkale, 2019 “Free Speech” is one of the most crucial right to maintain a vivid and democratic society. Every action and idea based on “Free Speech” enrich the society, organize the integrity of the society and contribute to the world. In this context, Çanakkale is filled with people who demand to make themselves heard and make a difference. In this project, Sarıçay, a stream passing through Çanakkale evaluated as a crucial piece of urban element to make an impact on city’s everchanging macroform and existing urban issues. Rather than focusing on city wide issues, the project expands its boundries and draw attention to the regional environmental crisis occured in rural areas of Çanakkale.

Industrial Sprawl Çanakkale possesses a great economical value with its fertile agricultural lands, precious mines, and mineral resources however, capitalist economy orients capital owners to mining operations causing irreversible damages to nature. These operations destroy an enormous amount of fertile land, cause acid rains, increase air, water, and soil pollution. Agricultural production suffers most so the local people organize protests against these facilities. Capitalist means of production which maintain their dominance through mining sector in rural areas, show its presence under the construction sector and causes uncontrolled urban sprawls in Çanakkale.

Design Strategy To overcome the uncontrolled sprawl, a counter-sprawl strategy is proposed which focuses on the problematic areas of Çanakkale and implements Free Speech Platform to each of them. This strategy is based on a green recreational network for Çanakkale and Saricay as its spine which connect all other platforms to the main focus. The green network infiltrates the city by pedestrianising the vehicle roads, repurposing the urban gaps and, in some cases, demolishing the poorly constructed buildings. Old bazaar area is choosen for its central location to Çanakkale and for its urgent need for reclaimation by public and nature. The area is also an existing interaction point for the people living on the both sides of the river

Protests against the mining companies


Urban Sprawl in Çanakkale

Program structure inspired from human rights activist Anita Roddick’s speech. Within the scope of the findings, a “Free Speech Platform” designed to evoke people and give them a chance to do something about the things they against of. Architectural program shaped through an interrelated scheme which is designed to provide a ground for all kinds of social, environmental or scientific issue.

Nonviolant Protests in Turkey (1998 - 2018)

“Get informed, get outraged, get inspired, get active!” –Anita Roddick

Counter-sprawl Strategy

Site Plan

Ground Floor Plan


Public Display Exhibition Discussion


Knowledge Hub Research Hub


Free Speech Platforms Collaborative Production First Floor Plan

Linear and cyclical relationship between the program components combined within a mega structure functioning as a bridge but offering a park experience over Saricay. Bridge formation also allowed the maximum use of soil for forestation and re-emergence of the native species. Old bazaar and small industrial area on the south side of the stream are removed to clear the soil from concrete. The bridge’s middle section designed as the new bazaar area which flows between the two end of the bridge and passes around the speech platforms. The form also affected from the accessibility issues, so the whole building transformed into a ramp and steps facing towards the speech platforms A bridge-like form developed within a program oriented attitude with the intend of providing both linear and circular relationship between the program units. Bazaar is considered as a bonding component between two coasts of Sarıçay and its integration to the programme played an importent role in increasing the opportunity to interact with the citizens. Vertical voids are created within the form in order to associate the program elements on different levels such as speech platforms and public displays.

Third Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Roof Plan

Section AA’


Section BB’

Northwest Elevation

Southwest Elevation

SHADING ROOFTOP ACCESS ROOF The roof allows the whole structure to work as an ecological bridge. Various types of tress and vegetation grows over the roof. With the inclusion of the roof, the project supports the idea of redefining architectural interventions for the sake of making free speech an ecological cause as well.


DIGITAL RE-DEMONSTRATION In Digital Re-demonstration, previous speeches and events are re-domenstrated by using the means of AR/VR technologies.



KNOWLEDGE HUB Knowledge Hub provides necessary resources for the research, gather different types of disciplines and defines the ground for get informed.

Exchance Belt surrounds the speech platform and defines the platform by embracing new spacial qualities associated with traditional bazaar.




SPEECH PLATFORM All kinds of social, environmental and scientific issue is discussed here. Free Speech Platform offers a free and unbounded environment without any administrative autohority or rule.







WORKSHOP COMPLEX I / alsancak, 2016 The city plays the most important role in our lives. We born in it, live in it and die in it but through this lifetime, how much attention do we pay to understand it? Can we realize the dynamics that shape our surroundings, the “fragments�? I based my proposal on these kinds of questions and try to identify the qualities that city combined in itself. The project takes places in İzmir / Alsancak as the competitive heart of the city center. I explored the project area in terms of accessibility and adaptability to young professionals. First, some product types representing and influencing different senses are identified to make easier to reach people from different regions of the city. Second, I defined to corresponding professions of these products and production methods. They are a Musician, Writer and Documentary Producer. They are all interested in understanding, explaining, representing and raising awareness about the city.

Plot 1

Plot 2

Vertically aligned planes used to reflect the unity coming from fragmentation. Although these pieces look different from each other, when their way of coming together is examined, it turns up that they show some kind of harmony and unity. As a result, the structure finds its formal context and defines the space with its continues flow. Professionals come together and discuss the “fragments� on their own subject, determine the corresponding sensory productions and present to the public to raise awareness.





WORKSHOP COMPLEX II / yagcılar, 2017 In the very beginning of the design process, Yagcılar Village is observed and analyzed according to its spatial features and activities. It is taken as a reference with its fundamental architectural, social and environmental attributes such as; - Mass configuration - Open space relationships - Macroform characteristics - The main purpose was understanding “What’s good about Yagcılar?”. Workshop complex designed to serve to Photographers, Drawing Professionals and Printmaking Artists. Handmade sketches prepared to visualize and represent the artistic approach emphasizing the main user profile.

Exhibition area also serves as the best viewpoint of the site while respecting the existing natural attributes.

Relatively flat surfaces used as open spaces for all kinds of activities in between workshops and studios.

The photography studio is considered as a dark and artificially lightened space.

The cafeteria is located in the center of the proposal so that people can easily reach and gather around.

Rock covered open space is also covered with pergolas and center the tree. This area is suitable for events like cocktails, open-air exhibitions, and workshops,

Stone is used as building material to represent and fit in the village environment

The village is surrounded by agricultural areas and forest. Grape and olive are the most significant agricultural products of the village.

Most of the rock surfaces and bushes are preserved during the design process.

Boutique Hotel is located on the south side of the site and it hosts the artisanal events currently.

Guest houses are located in the village for the artists who are looking for good accommodation.

Primary school is the closest building to the site. The design stands as an attraction for both newcomers and children.

Pergolas and grape vines create enough shading for transitions between units and open spaces. The slope was suitable to build sitting surfaces around the trees as an extension of stairs and walkways.

A sunset terrace is located on top of the photography studio which is accessible by stairs.

There are several locations with trees which can be the meeting point of artisans and visitors.


FACULTY CANTEEN / urla, ÄązmÄąr, 2018 This two-level cafeteria for the Faculty of Architecture is designed with a group of two. Each construction document is organized and created on Revit 2018. Each and every detail modeled using Building Information Modeling principles such as spider fittings, elevator, railings, etc. 1:50 scale technical drawing of a site plan, floor plans, reflected ceilings, sections, and elevations; 1:20 and 1:5 scale detailed drawings of sections, staircases, windows, and doors are produced. Variety of materials are presented in both the technical drawings and material catalog. The design took shape according to the wind directions, sun and existing basketball court. Terrace protected from the wind by the the second floor positioned on the north side. In order to include two types of construction method, ground floor designed with reinforced concrete columns, concrete masonry walls covered with brick and second floor designed as a steel structure covered with floor to ceiling glass panels to maximize the sea view.

I Beam (305x165 mm)

Air Return Duct Air Return Diffuser (60x60cm)

Cable Tray

Sprinkler System

Air Supply Duct

Cable Tray

I Beam (165x40 mm)

Steel Frame (305x165 mm)

Variable Air Volume (VAV) Unit

Spider Support

PVC Covering (2 cm) Concrete Slab (16 cm) Metal Deck (2 mm)

Glazed Curtain Panel

Structural Tube (168 mm)

Air Return Duct 30x40 cm

I Beam (305x165 mm)

Cable Tray

Air Duct 30x40 cm

Air Supply Diffuser (60x60 cm) Air Return Duct 30x40 cm

Variable Air Volume (VAV) Unit

Strip Downlight 120 cm Fire Sprinkler System

Air Return Diffuser (60x60 cm)

Window 2 (64x155 cm)

Plaster (2 cm) Concrete Masonry Unit (25 cm) Heat Insulation (3 cm) Brick Wall (9 cm) R.C Column (25x50 cm)

Wood Parquet Finish (2 cm) R.C. Slab (30 cm) R.C. Beam (30 x 60 cm)

Window 1 (255x155 cm)


URBAN DESIGN / meles r覺ver, 覺zm覺r, 2018 Located around Meles River, this urban design work explores the ways to integrate a natural feature into a complex urban environment, shapes the urban setting in the context of riverside and investigates the elements forming the sociocultural structure. The project is a result of interdisciplinary and collaborative work within a group of 6 people from both architecture and city planning departments. The project takes place in Halkap覺nar Intersection and Meles Delta, a problematic part of the city located in the middle of the new Central Business District determined by the Municipality. The project aims to enhance social opportunities, facilitate and promote pedestrian access, bicycle and sea transportation and transform an inactive region of the city into a transportation hub blended into the future center of the city. During the design process, the vehicle intersection, inaccessibility and lack of active green spaces are evaluated as a challenge and team focused on overcoming these issues by implementing the required social facilities interconnected with the rest of the city.

Izmir gulf has various natural amenities in its surroundings, such as Gediz Delta and Inciralti Urban Forest. Meles Delta remains as a longtime untouched piece of soil located at the heart of the new CBD and deep in the gulf. Rainwater replenished both underground water sources and delta soil. Meles Delta has a great potential to be turned into a favorable location for natural life to reemerge and an opportunity to escape from chaotic urban life.

Approximately 471 Hectares of land, starting from Alsancak Port until Karsiyaka, has been declared as the high-rise residential, commercial and office area with its development plan which was finalized in 2007. The new CBD is considered to be the focal point where residences, offices and commercial buildings, hotels, marinas, education, entertainment, and cultural centers will be located in different concepts.



Delta is an unoccupied area with a potential to turn into its own natural state wetland. It has the oppurtunity to connect BayraklÄą and Kordon coastal recreational areas.

River’s changing form along the river requires different interventions to promote natural life, create a healthy environment through the river and feed the underground water resources.




Accessibility is a serious issue in the area. Since the area is surrounded by some important transportation connections, it is highly necessary to use this potential and visualize the future of the area accordingly. The Area is also a distinguished place because the bicycle route around the gulf is interrupted only in here. BISIM stations are very few around the area. Sea transportation options are insufficient which makes harder to connect the BayraklÄą with the rest of the city. New development plan suggests a new infill area between Delta and the port be used as an extension of the port. Active green space is considered insufficient for the new CBD.

BIKE HUB Bike hub includes bike repair shops, workshops, race tracks, exhibition and activity areas. Highway is used as semi-open space and a skate park is located under it. Sport facilities located in west so that the university student can use.

CULTURAL CENTER Cultural center includes exhibition areas, conference halls, cafes, and restaurants turning the area into a live, constantly used activity spaces. PORT Port connects the CBD with the rest of the city through sea. The port is considered to be used by public everyday so it opens up to a large open space closely connected with the water.

INNOVATION DOCK Innovation dock uses the logistical opportunities of Alsancak Port by physically surrounding the east corner of the port. Young entrepreneurs, students, and initiatives may come together and develop their ideas into realities.



SUMERBANK HOUSING / alsancak, izmir, 2018 Sumerbank site is a former industrial zone including some of its old buildings remained from the early years of the republic and symbolizing the modernization progress of Turkey in the 1940s. This factory complex was not a space merely for production but for socialization, education, and recreation. Considering these characteristics, a residential complex combined with workshop spaces is designed in a way that respects the existing historical heritage and benefits from its potential to become a social production and accommodation space. Development plan decisions and historical documents examined carefully and a collaborative attitude is adopted to implement a proposal for all the people.

The site is surrounded by education complex and one existing symbolical building from three sides. There are ruins of the old factory building on the south side. The site is not directly connected with the Meles creek. The surface pattern is a reminder of an old factory building in the area. The area is not limited by existing ruins and natural conditions. It possesses various possibilities for different design approaches.

Old management building of the textile factory wasn’t demolished. It turned into an Exhibition Space and Textile Museum which also connects 3 adjacent workshops and ateliers.

The ground is designed according to pedestrian circulation. All the vehicle traffic and car parking is situated underground.

This densely vegetated area is one of the most green area in the industrial region Municipality proposes an Industry Museum in the old production area.

The main approach from the river was very crucial to establish a good first impression on users so they welcomed by a series of sun shade on the pedestrian way

Workshop spaces, social and commercial uses connected through a bridge providing semi open spaces in relation with wooden structure adjacent to it.

Residential building encloses its own private open space

A plaza is created adjacent to the museum. Private open spaces are created on the edges of the site. Residential block’s height is increased to satisfy the requirement of closed space. To emphasize the inner circulation, let daylight illuminate the courtyard and respect the existing factory buildings’ historical value, each volume’s height reduced comperativelly.






FLOW - SPATIAL WALL / koblenz, germany, 2017 A basic element of the definition of space is wall. Within the scope of the digital representation techniques, a 3-dimensional wall is developed which, in addition to its extension in length and height, is also have a plastic depth. The design process realized by using Cinema 4D and a laser cut model has been created.

MODELLING PROCESS Design started to take shape from a 2D rectangle polygon. the flexibility on the form of the future design left and right sides of the rectangle divided to 5 segments with 6 nodes.

Rectangle polygon then extruded 20 cm and multiplied to gather 14 elements in the horizontal direction. Middle part prepares the form upcoming rotation in the end.

Every 14 nodes on ed both sure the

Each layer of the wall separated by using the Cloner tool and exported as DXF file to be arranged in AutoCAD into 60x90 cm Finnpappe sheets. Then the pieces are cut by the laser cutter.


elements are shaped by using the the rectangles. Nodes relocathorizontally and vertically to enorganic form the layered texture.

To make the model symmetrical, gluing phase started from the end layers of the model. Each side of the model glued as identical to each other.

To ensure the continuity, each by using Cloner tool. Then 150 layer reorganized to create 3 vertical the spatial wall. Step effector used to increase the size of vertical segments and rotate the middle part of the




The extra glue that comes out between two layers is cleaned by using a piece of hard paper. It was important to have a layered texture on the bent surface of the wall.

In the last part, two pieces glued together from the middle and compressed for some time to ensure the strength.

Layers are numbered from 1 to 150 and ordered on the table. Layer numbers are written with H lead pencil to make them less visible.

To make the process faster and accurate, new layers glued to the others by compressing the new one against the surface. This also makes easier to manage the angles between each layer.

The stains caused because of the laser was not possible to wipe out so some of the stains remain visible from the one side of the model.

Laser cut traces around the layers created more stratified appearance on the surface.


DECAPITATED BACTERIA / koblenz, germany, 2017 The aim was to create a form dedicated to light and shadow through its surface properties by increasing its three-dimensionality. To obtain such property, a cubical object extruded, extended and rotated from particular parts as it is re-formed having a bacteria like appearance. In order to acquire a clearer set of shadows, the arms subtracted from a definite 10x10x10cm cube. The physical model produced by using powder-based ZPrinter 350. It weights 350 gram approximately.


Ilhan Ertan

raphy PortfolÄąo

DOMINATED SKY All around the world, the implementations of technological advancements are faster than the pace of life for a human being. The most physical and brutal outcome of these implementations is explicitly visible in cities. Massive architecture, rapid urbanization and in the end, artificial nature. All our activities to manipulate and control the balance of our planet are getting more and more catastrophic. In some occasions, mankind literally buries itself into darkness in order to manage its daily routines, feel safe and happy. “Dominated Sky� emphasizes the darkness we adore to live in and work in. In this world, we accustomed to living between walls and glass towers. We no more care our true feelings, how we love to live below the shadows of our own creations but if we stop and look up to the sky, we may realize how small we become and how we made our lives insignificant all by ourselves.

CONFRONTATION “Confrontation” displays both successful and arguably successful results of modern implementations on well-preserved architecture. Visitors of such places may see these implementations as disrespectful acts against history or productions of self-centered architecture which is solely based on the architect’s own inner desires to create a fancy form. “Confrontation” in this context, gives an opportunity to the visitors to have another point of view. “Success” can be identified by visualizing the relationships between old and new, transparent and opaque, light and heavy. Elevations make the comparison process easier through pure observations on the designed, thought and calculated order embraced by the older ones, in order to identify the addition and differentiate it from its predecessor.

THE VISITOR PERSPECTIVE When you visit a city for the first time, and if you know that you won’t be able to visit again in near future, you decide to go to the most popular places for that particular city. Churches most of the times. And again, usually, these places are magnets for tourists. You wait in the line to be allowed to see the inside thinking why it is taking so long since you want to see other places in the city as well. In my case, at that particular moment, I realize that there is nothing I can do but living the moment. Looking up to the facade and entrance, I find myself getting lost in details by separating my perspective from the crowd. Perceiving the grandeur of such historic masterpieces, questioning and huddling with myself “How in the world they manage to build this?� Imagining how the inside is and getting closer to the entrance by little steps. It is the very moment of enjoyment for me, making the trip worth.

BRUTAL LONDON London ıs one of the most excıtıng cıty ı’ve ever seen. It keeps a huge ınventory of maybe the best examples of brutal archıtecture ın the world.

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A selection of the works of İlhan Ertan

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A selection of the works of İlhan Ertan