Melkan Gürsel
Partner,Tabanlioglu Architects

Melkan Gürsel (AIA, International Associate Member) studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University. After graduating in 1993, she attended Polytechnic University of Metropolitan Catalonia for her Master of Architecture. She joined Tabanlioglu Architects as partner, in 1995. Melkan has been selected as one of the “Europe 40 under 40” for 2008 and selected as “Fifty under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century”, in 2015. In 2010, together with Murat Tabanlıoğlu, Melkan Gürsel has been awarded MEA- Middle East Architect Award Architect of the Year and in 2013 and in 2018, they are both selected as “Architect of the Year” by Big Project Middle East Awards. In 2013, Middle East Architects Magazine announced Melkan Gürsel – Murat Tabanlıoğlu as 4th&5th, in the list of most powerful 50 figures who shaped the architecture of the ME. Melkan Gürsel ranked 31st place in “The Power list 2017” of ME Architect. She gives lectures at various national and international platforms and serves as jury member at several programs, her latest contribution being RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. She has co-curated the exhibition at London Design Festival 2015 with Arik Levy, also designer of the installation, ‘BELOVED”, exhibited at V&A as part of LDF 2016 in London, and designed the installation “HousEmotion” representing the Pavilion of Turkey as part of “London Design Beinnale 2018” .


Tabanlioglu Architects

Tabanlıoğlu Architects is established in 1990 by Murat Tabanlıoğlu and his father Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, and Melkan Gürsel (AIA Int.) joined the group as partner in 1995.

İstanbul-based architectural firm, with its long family tradition since 1950, started with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, architect of Çankaya Mosque, Erzurum Atatürk University, Atatürk Cultural Center, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Galleria ‘the first shopping mall of Turkey’. Spanning over six decades, the office demonstrates a professionalism based on rigor and know-how.

Tabanlıoğlu Architects develop innovative, yet efficient and economically viable design alternatives for residential buildings, offices, industrial facilities, shopping malls and transformation projects considering the uniqueness of the “place” and the individuality of “requirements”.

Tabanlıoğlu renders services of projects and counselling in architecture, urban planning, and interior design, in national and international scales.