Istanbul based architecture office Suyabatmaz Demirel was first founded by architect Arif Suyabatmaz in 1995 when he returned from Vienna to Istanbul. After working together with different architects in Vienna, Suyabatmaz established his own practice in Istanbul while teaching in Yildiz Technical University as a studio instructor. He was also one of the founders of Bilgi University Graduate Program in Architectural Design program.
In 2008, Hakan Demirel, a graduate of Yildiz Technical University School of Architecture, returned to Istanbul after finishing his studies in New York and formed a partnership together with Arif Suyabatmaz and the office name hence changed to Suyabatmaz Demirel.
Suyabatmaz Demirel’s works focus mostly on residential, commercial and office spaces and the scale range varies from single houses to high-density residential blocks or from single commercial units to shopping complexes. The austere and rich architectural language formed by delicate choices of materials, colors and details enable the office to create distinct spatial experiences even for conventional functions. Suyabatmaz Demirel sees each project as a research opportunity while questioning the conventional clichés and carry on their productions within this framework.
Another partner of the office, Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz, founded RAMPA Art Gallery in 2010 in Istanbul and thus contemporary art production and exhibition spaces became the secondary interest fields of the office.