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Mert Ozbolat (1990) studied architecture in Istanbul and Brighton. He is currently working as freelance architectural designer in London. His experience spans from jewel crafting, interior design, and architecture. He is a multifaceted designer who takes pleasure working in between interdisciplinary mediums and expressions in small to big scale architectural applications and designs. In his work, his intentions take shape in making and drawing. Drawing and creating connections in between fragments of spaces, materials and compositions of substantialised feelings are expressed in created objects with strong visual language.

Since 2019, he is working on EMBD Community Initiative research with Stefan Lengen. This design research explores strategies to reactivate the productive landscapes and dormant building structures to reverse the trend of abandonment by facilitating a circular economy within the common(s) network in collaboration with local communities, trade, stakeholders, and the planning authorities. Research aims to create a method of work which explores participatory design principles, advocating collaborative work, local material sourcing and innovative construction methodologies that address whole-life approach. In 2022, research is published in Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2022 - Terra under the title of ‘’A community-led research initiative for a productive landscape’’ in ‘’Emerging voices on new architectural ecologies’’ book. In 2023, Productive Landscapes pilot project has won best small scale conceptual project award in SARCH Berlin 2023. Nowadays, he is working on his personal furniture projects. Lately, he is working alongside Cloudyworks with the Lidar technology.


Research, Competitions and Awards

2023 S.ARCH Berlin- Productive Landscapes - Best Conceptual Design - Small Scale Project

2022 Lisbon Triennale 2022 - Productive Landscapes Published Research

2019 Productive Landscapes - EMBD Project - Research

2019 VISP Vocational School Competition in Switzerland (Visp, CH)

2018 - EMBD Community Initiative Project

2018 - Museum of Modern Art, invited competition (Visp, CH)

2018 - New Guggenheim , Switch Competition


2023 Architectural Assistant -
Ar-Co Design Studio

2023 Architectural Assistant -
Studio Naama

2022 Architectural Assistant, Editorial and Graphic Design -
Yael Reisner Studio

2020 - 2021 Construction Manager

2019 - 2020 Architectural Assistant, Walker Architecture Drawing Office- Architect RIBA ARB Jonathan Walker

2018 - NART Studio

2018 - Architectural Assistant - Associate , Felt architecture & design & research

2017 - 2018 Assistant Tutor in Studio 09, Studio Lead by Stefan Lengen and Jonathan Walker, University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design,Brighton, UK


2018 BA [Hons] Architecture, University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design, Brighton, UK

2016 Secretary,
Brighton Interior Architecture and Architecture Society

2016 July - Bartlett Summer Studio, Drawing and Making,
Tutors: Pascal Bronner - Thomas Hillier

2015 (Summer) - Workshop technician, University of Brighton

2013 - 2014 Arts, Design and Media Foundation,
University of Brighton’s International College, Brighton, UK

2014 Interior Architecture, Okan University, Faculty of Arts, Istanbul

2006 - 2009 Label Jewellery - Apprentice Jewelcrafter

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