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” .