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2018 Architectural Portfolio

Yusuf Aras Kalkan




Phone +90 545 582 27 27

Email kalkany@mef.edu.tr

Nationality Turkish

Language Skills


Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture +%50 Performance Scholarship (GPA: 3.82)

2010 - 2015 Istanbul | Uskudar

Internship August - September ’17 Antalya | Muratpasa In-School Work September - October ’17 Istanbul | MEF University Internship June - July - August ’17 Istanbul | Gümüssuyu Internship July - August ’16 Istanbul | Nisantası School Internship May-June ’16 Aydın | Kasaplar Köyü


MEF University %50 Scholarship

Workshop March ’18 France | Arles

Architecture Student

Tarabya | Sarıyer | Istanbul

2015 - Present Istanbul | Maslak

Uskudar American Academy High School

Atelier LUMA, Arles

“Living With Rising Water” Workshop Participant Conceptual design & material experiments of “Inflatescape” Project

International Architectural Biennial

Design, production and construction processes of Mediterranean Triangle Project under the consultancy of SO? Architecture.

Workshop Organization Team

Architectural Workshop Week and Exhibition period was organized with the contribution of 38 international participants from different branches.

Salon Architects

Design team of projects with different scales. Post-Production and Revisions of 2d and 3d materials on various softwares.

GAD Architecture

Revisions and post-productions of digital drawings and models. Operated 3D Printer and Laser Cutter Machines. Modeling in Different Scales.

Design & Built Studio

Social Responsibility Project for the students of Village Primary School. Design, production and construction of Dolambaç Play Space Project.


Arkitera | 2 0 1 6 Architectural Memoranda of Turkey

Dolambaç Play Space Project






Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Illustrator


MS Office


Apple iWork

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2015 Art & Design Club

Sketching & Painting Exlibris Competition Award Woodshop

2010 - 2014 2013 - 2014 2015 2015 2014

Turkish & English Drama UAA Drama Club Presidency Turkish Drama Award Shakespeare Day Award Underwater Diving SSI - CMAS - TSSF | Open Water Diver, Double Star Licence Sailing


Biology | 2015 Physics | 2014

Science Science Fair Awards for: “Hamster’s Smelling vs. Visual” “How Far Will it sink?”

Dean at Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture MEF University

Gökhan Avcıoglu

gad@gadarchitecture.com +90 212 327 51 25

inceoglua@mef.edu.tr +90 532 549 63 05

Oral Goktas

Co-Founder of SO? Architecture and Ides Instructor at MEF University

Alper Derinbogaz


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Online Projects @behance


/yusufaraskalkan /yusufaraskalkan

Founder Architect Salon Architects http://www.salonarchitects.com +90 532 653 22 83

www.soistanbul.com goktaso@mef.edu.tr

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Founder Architect GAD Architecture


Arda Inceoglu

Amateur Short Movie Directing and Acting Best Movie Bilfen Award for Stop Motion Short Movie: “Puppet Love”



CONTENTS Human’s Nest

Design Studio

Constructed Projects

Productive Space

Agora Dwelling

Social Housing

Orbis Library

07 23 35

53 Mediterranean Triangle



Performance Center


Emergency Units

43 49

Chair Adjustable

Snorlax Sleeping Unit

Seating Unit

3 61 69 71 Pavilion

Dolambaรง Play Space

75 81 95

Researches | Analysis | Illustrations


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Design Studio Projects

Human’s Nest Urban Gardening Project We live in a time period where the cities get into an unavoidable invasion of concrete blocks. The buildings are required to be built higher and higher everyday. This p ro ce s s re s u l t s t h e l a n d va l u e s to dramatically rise while repelling citizens from involving in nature related activities concluding a fragile relationship between human and earth. Human’s Nest tries to break this chain and give people a suitable environment for turning them back to nature and activities related to it.

Formation of Street Elevation

Axial Analysis of the Site Manipulation of Forms The project develops a criticizing approach to the sterilizing structure of big cities and creates an urban gardening typology that suits both for the people who are willing to participate in gardening, planting and harvesting activities and the people who are going to come here for other programs, which are farmers market, shops, communal working areas, cafes, restaurants and even medical center in the facility. When the overall sociologic atmosphere of Arnavutkรถy is examined, its highly noticeable that

there is a characteristic of the population which comes together in certain thresholds on the region forming a unique multicultural social fabric of its own. As one of the fundamentals of the design process was to create a similar sociologic sequence in the Humans Nest Project, it had been tried not to alienate planting and harvesting activities from daily routines of people but make it possible to integrate the production and consumption spaces.

Planometric Form Concept

Medical Center Spice, Mash & Jam Production Medical Herbs Pharmacy Plantation Units Production Area Working Units Workshops Office Meeting Rooms Eat & Drink

Planting & Gardening Greenhouse Areas Vertical Gardens Eat & Drink Storage Vertical Circulation Capsules Open Agriculture Fields Ventilation Voids Visual Contact Rain & Daylight

Additional Roads North Access Emergency Road for Med-Center Car Park Kireçhane Street Entrance for Farmer’s Market Open Entrance From the Main Street


Small Shops


Stepped Ground Surface (Manipulating the Level Difference)




Local Seller Stands Cafe Shop

As the program in the inside of the modules differs, the modulation code that responds the needs of the interior spaces varies too.

Modulation Type for Planting and Gardening Units:

Modulation Type for Med Center and Co-Working Units:


Circulation Stairs Elevator


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Circulation Stairs Elevator

Connection of multiple units and the variation of modulation

Facade Partial Shading Panels


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Circulation Core As the program in the inside of the modules differs, the modulation code that responds the needs of the interior spaces varies too. Modulation Typologies

For the Medical Center and co-working spaces, the circulation core is kept on the edge and the modules are designed on 3mx3m base to form larger enclosed spaces when joined together. On the other hand, for the plantation units, the circulation core kept in the center and the plantation volumes designed comparably small with their 160x160cm bases to allow daylight access to plantation zones while providing them to spread through branches in the capsules.

Stairs Elevator

Modulation Units

Rotating Beam Web


Ground Floor Units

Storage & Restaurant Units in -1

The cultural co-existence in the Human's Nest project appears to be the integration of production and consumption spaces.

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Parallel to this aim, the form of the structures is also inviting and permeable, creating a public space just like program distribution. The outer shells forming the modules are aimed to create visual and spatial interaction with the inner courtyard by creating voids next to the Kireçhane St.

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When analyzed from the section plane, these voids correspond to the slits and openings between the modules and aim to provide a perception of being transferred to a new space. Other than that, the final forms of the modules serves for providing a suitable environment for the plants grown inside and outside the structures by allowing daylight access and ventilation in many respects.

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Medical Center Office Units Planting and Gardening


Local Seller Stands Vertical Circulation Modules


Spice, Mash & Jam Production


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The modules that generate the distribution are basically composed of two elements. First; the internal modulating part consisting of the circulation core, specialized units and steel carriers. The second one is the shell structure which works like a facade on the entire modulation. The facade creates a production environment with many different characteristics by providing the required amount of light by inserting the wooden panels in the shade to some surfaces in accordance with the needs of the interior. With this and other innovative methods, I aimed at strengthening the idea of a new urban breeding aimed at the beginning by maximizing the plant species that can be grown in the interior. I have tried to avoid this alienation of people from their surroundings by synthesizing the inevitable needs of the breeding and the social structure of the region.

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Medical Center Office Units Planting and Gardening Local Seller Stands 12.0m

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Spacial Requirements and System Solutions

One of the main concerns of the design process was to allow the structure to be used as a huge public space. For that reason the ground floor programs of the all structures are left for the easy access of the public. However, this situation required the shell-like covering of the capsules to be elevated from the ground and supported by the carriers of the modulation system. For this reason, space frame-like tie bar junctions are added between the interior beam web and the frameworks of the facade. To maximize the public usage of the easy access floors of the structure from the ground levels, programs added to the -1st floor, resulting the whole facade to gain a flying perception over the ground. The units below ground level allows spaces to serve in two layers. Such as the interior volume of a restaurant unit in -1st floor is being used as a kitchen and the roof of the same unit functions a seating area.

1:50 Section Model

System Detail Section

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Roof Greenhouses Plantation Units Farmers Market Open Agriculture Fields

Agora AgoraBlocks Blocks Social SocialHousing Housing

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Prefabricated Construction Idea The technological achievement that the project aimed to fulfill was to use a ve r y t ra d i t i o n a l a n d o rd i n a r y technology of grid system construction and combine it with the modular housing techniques to create a new hybrid system that maximizes

The concrete base, towers and the common space areas get constructed in a short period

First residents of the block connect their units on desired levels

hybrid system that maximizes the possible combinations of different housing units. In that way, the units will not going to just be able to stack on each other but also will be able to interlock with the concrete towers in any desired level. The parts that compose every housing u n i t a re s e l e c te d a s ; I . Ce i l i n g I I . Corrugated Metal Mesh, III. Timber Stud Wall, Isolation and Insulation Layers (IV,VI), Plywood (VI) and Plaster (VII). Finally, the interlocking system (IX)

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Site Plan

Housing Units Stacked and Interlocked The Prefabricated units are being used for the dwelling parts of the project. They are either being carried by the other units they are stacked on or the concrete tower they are interlocked on. But the fun part in the arrangement of those are the internal organization of every individual unit . As the separate units are constructed with separate

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modules, a unit can be composed by multiple units, too. When a duplex or triplex is constructed every floor level is made from different container resulting the house to have a lot of entrances on different levels and some levels without any entrance at all, fully occupied with interior uses of the units.

3mx3m Root Unit Duplex Units Triplex Units Single Storey Units Open Gardens Workshops Commercial Use

Do It Yourself Facades All common facade areas and and

As one of the main design idea was to contribute user to the design of the structure, there are some empty parts on the facade remained for the manipulation of the residents according to their will.

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For the project to fulfill the spacial needs of the neighborhood, providing not only isolated private and semi-private spaces for residents use but also allowing the spacial integration of people who are passing by t h e a rea a n d t h e p e o p l e w h o a re permanently living in the building; the project presents a variety of public spaces and services on multiple layers. This method of distributing the spaces onto different floor

Open Gardens Vertical Circulation Cores Common Spaces Public Access Semi-Public Access Residents Only

heights is motivating the residents to reach their housing units from very different routes from one public space to a semi-private one-, resulting them to interact with more neighbors in a large variety of space potentials. Next to that, the enclosed spaces of the housing block is offering the residents vertical circulation cores acting as shortcuts for reaching their own private unit.

Orbis Library for NisantasÄą

The concept of the project was not just to design a place with common library perception, but also to redefine “book� and activities related to it. So, the function and the form has evolved according to this contemporary expectations and gained new meanings. So new spaces were planned for new activities. As the function of the spaces aimed to be diversified, similar variety wanted to be maintained

also for the perception of those spaces. Curved forms were used in contrast with sharp floor slabs to obtain dynamic angles. The circulation and programs were defined by the distribution of those curvy shapes throughout the building. While doing this, the common repetitive form for the curved parts are determined to be sphere.

Domed Study Room Group Rooms & Discussion Camber Silent Study & Convertible Auditorium Fouyer Computer Room Cafe Public Space Terrace Circulation Core

Sphere is a shape that has a strong potential in answering the ergonomic needs of various spaces with its convex and concave surfaces. To obtain those surfaces with different angles, the design uses large variety of spheres with different diameters. With slicing those geometries into smaller sections from different parts; spaces with organic volumes have been aimed to be obtained, throughout the library building.

Floor Plans

Ground Floor

First Floor

Second Floor

Sun & Wind Diagram

Third Floor

Fourth Floor

Fifth Floor

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C-C’ Section

D-D’ Section

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5th Floor Open Working Space 2nd Floor Foyer of Auditorium 4th Floor Book Circles View from Mim Kemal Öke St.

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The fundamental form decisions are made according to the concept of abstracting the artificial and natural parts of the island. A wavy covering is chosen for the open spaces of the building to support this dynamic characteristic of the crowd. In order to create a contrast, a rigid and minimal appearance is chosen for the closed spaces. The materials of the cover and the walls are selected as timber and concrete, respectively.

Site Plan

Diagram of Volumetric Occupations Slope on the Site Occupied Area Connection Parts Enclosed Areas

First Floor Plan [+3.5→6,0m]

Grandstands Stage Covering Shell Structure

Elevation of Neighbor Street

Ground Floor Plan [±0m]

C-C’ Section

C-C’ Elevation

B-B’ Elevation

Modulation of sound types during the day Regional analysis reflects the widest presences of each unit during day time. In graph, sizes of circles are proportional with the covered area by each. In graph, the decibel equivalences are the approximate values of each dependent and should be read by the center of circle.

Mimicking the Island

B-B’ Section

A-A’ Section

As the main concept of t h e p roj e c t wa s to juxtapose the artificial and natural components of the island. The forms and the materials of the project had been selected accordingly.

Construction ideas As the structure is mainly composed of two parts as the shell-like upper covering and the enclosed parts, for my technology research, I preferred to focus on the joining of the timber panels with each other and with the concrete base. Other than those, as the projects sits on the slope different footing types had been analyzed.

Workshop at LUMA Foundation | Arles, France Formation steps of the inflatable unit

Living with Rising Water

Inflatescapes The concept of the analysis and the production process was to develop a conceptual approach on peoples way of avoiding damages of a potential future flood both in Arles or another location in the world with similar natural threat and geographic characteristic. Existing Regulations with Financial Restrictions The triggering point of the design process was to criticize the regulations about financial obligation on society to build zone de refuges* with the cost of about 10 percent of their house in coastal regions of Arles and Camargue.

Water Reservoir

City of Arles

Common Kitchen

Air flow through the branches of the grid system

Air Sources

Air Compressors to keep units inflated

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Medical Center

Tubular Grid Platform System

Tubular Grid Platforms Although the individual inflating units were answering the requirements of evacuation, securing of valuables and life safety in extreme conditions, it had lack of long term supply for people. So there was an unavoidable need for zones specialized for the inflating units to gather and answer their optimum needs in longer term emergency situations. As the whole tubular grid platform was acting as a constant air supply for units to prevent them from deflating after attached on, there are 5 more container units on the grid, which are: Water reservoirs, communal kitchens, bathrooms, electricity generators and medical centers, providing more sustainable solutions to longer term accommodations for the victims of that kind of a potential future natural phenomenon


Zone de refuges* are locations in a buildings, designed to hold occupants during a natural emergency, such as fire or flood when evacuation may not be safe or possible.

Other Possible Usage Variations: Vertical use of the system

Constructed Projects

“Discovering the spacial potential of light and shade” #mediterraneantriangle #akdenizüçgeni

Mediterranean Triangle Project Coordinator:  SO? Mimarlık ve Fikriyat  Oral Göktas, Sevince Bayrak

Design and Application MEF Architecture | FADA Aras Kalkan, Ayberk Özdemir, Dilsad Turna, Eren Hatice Gedik, Gamze Adıgüzel, Merve Akdogan, Osman Faruk Akkum, Rümeysa Aksoy, Serpil Kardas, Sengül Has

Sponsor of Materials Asmaz Timber Frame Structures

Working Process

Dolambaç Play Space Project Project Coordinators:  And Akman Derya Uzal Merve Gul Özokçu

Design and Application MEF Architecture | FADA Aras Kalkan, Ali Güzel, Aysegul Seker, Betul Cevik, Ceren Ilayda Kaya, Eda Simsek, Halit Özten, Ilayda Kalender, Melike Kavalalı, Mustafa Mert Korkmaz, Nazlican Apaydın, Nimet Degertas, Selin Alara Bilgin

Dolambac comes together with other cubes in various orientations to form a dynamic playground. This characteristic of unique framework and surface design offers personalized and limitless movement options to the users. Its modular build with waffle connection detailing serves many flexible purposes and provides this project with a remarkable nature of effortless modification and surface alteration applications. Thus, children as the main user population can easily change the design according to their personal creative narrative.

Modular Design Concept of the Play Space

Dolambac is a play space project that took place in Aydin, Kasaplar Village on July 6-19 in order to provide a space both for village school students and village kids where they belong to and can improve their imagination. For this reason, the first step was to anticipate the needs and potentials. This space needed to be detected by the children and be able to transform in the direction of their desires and the modularity of the elements made it easy to provide this transformation according to the needs and desires. The real aim of the design process wa s to ove r t h row t h e s te re o t y p e d ‘ p l a yg ro u n d ’ visualization and to construct a play space where the children can unveil their creativity. Instead of using playing units which give clear commands, other playing elements that allow children to explore themselves are used.

Design and Construction Process Week 1-2: Design and Modeling | Istanbul In this short period of time, the data obtained from the village had been processed. The potential needs, solutions and results were discussed. Through all those, the design ideology was shaped. As the form of the project was determined, the most crucial drawings were completed in a way that reflects its physical relationship with the village and, more important, with the average child scale. After all these, the design was approximately accomplished, so the physical and digital models were finalized. Eventually, the required measurements of the materials were determined for the future production process

Week 3: Revising and Production | Woodshop, Aydın Meeting with the people of Kasaplar Köyü and the students of the primary school. The measures obtained from the previous works had been revised with the data collected from the site. After that, all the timber pieces are produced by the students at a workshop in Aydin. Eventually, the final pieces were adjusted according to the connection system between each other.

Week 4: Assembly of the System & Presentation to Students | Kasaplar Village, Aydın The pieces are joined together. The system had assembled onto the previously prepared footings. The parkour is finalized with minor touches according to the safety of the children. The features of the project had been explained to the students. They came up with the suitable name “Dolambaç” for the project. Students of the Kasaplar Köyü Primary School enjoyed their new play space.

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Design & Construction Team Yusuf Aras Kalkan Merve Akdogan Osman Faruk Akkum Eren Hatice Gedik Fatih Eken Melike Kavalalı Nimet Degertas Serpil Kardas Azad Onur Demir Melike Tarakçı Ugur Güler Rümeysa Aksoy Ayberk Özdemir Berin Erikçi Dilsad Turna Ece Nakısçı Ege Manzak Arzu Ören Deniz Torun

Chair Adjustable

Design & Construction Yusuf Aras Kalkan Merve Akdogan The main aim was to design a seating unit that composed only by “timber to timber connections�. For that reason, our starting point was using dowels for the connection parts. The main material of timber was taken from the left-overs of our schools’s design and built studio and used sort of a 3D frame. For seating part to be adjustable and ergonomic, a long elastic strap and three broom handles were used. The construction finalized with the assembly of the seating part to the timber framework.

Adjustable Position “Nail-Free� design. Only Timber connections Made from recycled materials




Research on Agora Public Spaces in Roman and Hellenistic Times | 5th Term


Analysis of Circulation in Salt Galata Library | 3rd Term


Urban Ecology, manifest collage on garden city formations in Turkey | 6th Term


Type Specimen Poster of the typeface I created | 6th Term

Criticism of Turkey’s Massive Housing System through Ideology of Patric Geddes

“Here or nowhere is our Utopia” -Patric Geddes

The quIck brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Link for downloading the font !


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Observations - ZERO 2015, Istanbul

What ? As we think about the direct definition by itself, “shadow” would be defined as darkness in a form of shape, caused by the absence of light. This brings the contradict question of “what is light?” or “are darkness and light representatives of opposite concepts?” It would be difficult and unwarranted to find certain answers to these questions. The best thing would be to take this “shadow vs. light” conflict into consideration to evaluate the artworks of Gunther Uecker, as accurate as possible.

Uecker works especially his big installations are usually disguissed in reliation to light and space. We are most fascinated with his most of the nail as a medium and his persistent expoliotion of it. (now for 50 years). For us the nail is an object loaded with meaning. Nail is a symbol of religion, that is, Christ's Crucifixion. Using the sharp and hard object the way he does, Uecker is able to make is appear smooth and nonthreatening. For instance, he creates large expanses with hundreds of nails driven into wood in subtlr patterns, geometrically arranged ot loosely scattered, forming lines, clusters or swirls, and casting shadows. These panels often appear soft and flexible reminiscent of skin with hair grass moved by the wind. The nails transformed from a rigid, theatening object to a part of a seemingly flowing surface. The nails become almost peaceful.

Human Mind As known, there are vision receptors in human brain to make seeing-evaluating proccess possible. But it is not as simple as that. These receptors do not only create vision but also shapes our perception aginst the world. Without our realization; our sense of distance, 3-dimension and perspective developes and we start to interpret the forms and figures accordingly -just like we do not see the form at the bottom as randomly drawn lines but as a 3 dimensional figure-. As people observe, the bond between human mind and artwork is created through this system.

If we look for the answer of the question “what makes an artwork aesthatic or unique?” the common answers would be about its color, technique or composition. So it is safe to say that a figure to represent something, it has to presence as itself in the composition of the piece of art. As the artist reflects his materials onto a surface, art starts to gain emotion and talks with the observators. But in Uecker’s style the proccess works a little different: He triggers the emotion with the darkness, “the presence of absence”, and the illusions he contains in his artworks. This side of his understanding of art concept does not make only his works significant but also makes him a unique artist.

Gunther Uecker's process Palais des Beaux-Artes, Brussels 1962 Galerie Diogenes, Berlin 1963 Fridericianum, Kassel 1964 Heinz Mack Günther Uecker Otto Piene,

Carnival, Düsseldorf 1964

Howard Wise Gallery, New York 1966

Günther Uecker , Vlaamse Landschaapen 1967 Venice Biennale, 1970

“Our projects of today are the realities of tomorrow. Whatever exists in our imagination is on integral port of ourselves. Experience is imagination carried over into the sensual sphere. Immediate experience comes only when we ourselves participate. To obtain widest participation, the production of art must cease to be limited to the individual, as it has been till now. Technology as a medium of composition offers great possibilitiesin the formulation of aesthetic information. Since imitative values cannot arise here, originality is un impaired. Thus the creative element in the phenomenon of movement is preserved. To render the development of a movement visible as a dynamic state is a significant action. It is not a matter of routine but fertile in its repetition, in its very monotony, like the experience of prayer. My objects constitute a spatial reality, a zone of light technology to overcome the personal gesture, to objectify, to create the conditions for freedom.” Gunther Uecker, "Text", in: ZERO 3, Dusseldorf 1961; Reprint ZERO 1-3, “In the beginning was the nail, which seemed to me to be the ideal object with which to model light and shadow - to make time visible. I incorporated it into my painting. An it forged a link between the works and the space around them. It protruded as a tactile feeler from the flat surface, much like a sundial. A language of light and shadow emerged from the cumulative diversity.” -Gunther Uecker

Light and Shade Design Exhibition Analysis | 1st Term


Human Figures in Action. Motion Analysis Poster | 2nd Term


Building Biology and Ecology, Sustainable House Design | 4th Term


Building Biology Ecology, testing Methods. Health Analysis of Ayazaga Kindergarten | 4th Term


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Mood Board Design for Niveau Performance Center Project | 2nd Term


Conference Poster for Illustrator M.K Perker | 2nd Term


Movie Setting Analysis, Imaginative Visualization | 1st Term


Poster of my short cartoon “Escape” | 2nd Term

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Eric Oven Moss Samitaur Tower Los Angeles, Culver City

60-Inch Telescope Los Angeles, Mount Wilson Observatory

Cathedral of our lady of the Angeles Los Angeles

Schindler House, Mackey Apartment Los Angeles

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre San Francisco

Frank Lloyd Wright La Miniatura Pasadena

Cahill Astronomy Center Los Angeles

Frank Gehry Walt Disney Concert Hall Grand Ave, Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art LA

City from Charles River Prague, Czech Republic

Getty Center by Richard Meier Los Angeles, California

Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum New York The Sullivan Center Chicago, Illinois

Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum New York

Adolf Loos Goldman & Salatsch Building Michaelerplatz, Vienna, Austria

a House by Frank Gehry

Prague, Czech Republic

Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles

Prague, Czech Republic

Plaka, Greece

Sanayi Mah. Istanbul

Athens, Greece

Acropolis Greece

Parthenon, Greece

Stavros Niarchos Foundation by Renzo Piano

Kallithea, Greece

Chrysler Tower New York

Collage Sketch Bosphorus, Istanbul

Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano Rome, Italy Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio Milano, Italy

BelisÄąrma Village Nevsehir, Turkey Sinasos Village Nevsehir, Turkey

Hill of GĂźvercinlik Cappadocia, Turkey

Ihlara Valley Cappadocia, Turkey

from my Site Analysis Sketches Arnavutköy, Istanbul 1. 2. 3.

Kireçhane St. Akıntıburnu Farmers Market on Tuesdays




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1-3 designed for my personal use. 4-9 are for an entrepreneurship club in my college. 10-11 is for a candidate student for school presidency. 12-14 designed for a logo competition of new residences in Istanbul.


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Yusuf Aras Kalkan | 2018 Architectural Portfolio  

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