Gökhan Karakuş is an Istanbul-based designer, curator, historian, architecture critic and theorist who focuses on the indigenous in modern architecture and design. He studied architectural history and theory at the Columbia University and Vassar College in New York. He is the founder and director of Emedya Design, an interactive and environmental design studio that has completed a number of large scale wayfinding projects in Turkey that have been published internationally. He has taught design and architecture at Istanbul Technical University (1999-2014), Politecnico di Milano, and Bilgi University, Istanbul.
Mr. Karakuş is a regular contributor to leading global architecture publications such as The Architect’s Journal, Architectural Record, Dwell, and Wallpaper; he was Editorial Director of Natura, Stone Architecture and Interiors from 2011-2015. He is also a curator of exhibitions on architecture and design such as Hyperarchaic Tectonics at the London Design Festival 2014, The Smooth and the Striated Digital Art by Architects at the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair 2013 (focused on computational design as art) and most recently Atölye Maslak (2015) on Istanbul’s craft and maker community in the Maslak industrial district. He is reviewer and nominator for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. He has been on the Advisory Board for the Turkish National Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennial (2014) and the Istanbul Design Biennial (2016).
Doha Tower On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2016.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.