Omer Kanipak received his professional degree from Istanbul Technical University, department of Architecture in 1995. After taking his Master’s degree from MIT School of Architecture, History Theory and Criticism department, he founded Arkitera Architecture Center in 2000 together with his partners. He held his position as one of the general director of the center until 2011. He participated in the foundation of one Design Atelier Kadikoy and worked as one of the coordinators until mid 2014. Currently he is a freelance architect in his own office Masa Architecture, working on urban and architectural research projects in various scales.
He is the co-founder of the Yercekim Architectural Photography and works as a professional photographer. Kanipak frequently writes on various national and international publications, acts as members of juries or consultants of national and international architectural awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Mies van der Rohe awards for architecture, European Public Spaces Prize and Pritzker Prize. He also provides professional consultancy on communication and business development strategies for related institutions and architectural offices. He was also a visiting professor in Bahcesehir University and Yeni Yuzyil University until 2014, and since 2015 he is an adjunct professor in Kadir Has University Arts and Design Department.
This was in fact a good opportunity to discuss the fronts through which architects deal with issues in Turkey, and to include not only the architects that produce for the biennale, but others as well.
Aixopluc takes on the challenge to find new modes of inhabitation in symbiosis with planet earth