Yelta Köm

(b. 1986, Istanbul, Turkey) is an architect, artist, and researcher who incorporated architecture, artistic and spatial practices to discuss social and political issues. He is a researcher at the Topological Atlas project hosted by TU Delft; guest lecturer at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences; co-founder of Herkes İçin Mimarlık [Architecture for All], Istanbul-based non-profit organisation providing democratic and collaborative design processes between architects, urban designers, and citizens and a member of Arazi Collective working on different spatial scales focusing on the Southeast region of Turkey. Köm’s work is mainly influenced by the perception of the environment, the image of the city, neo-liberal transformations, the tension between nature and technology, and collective movements. His methodology and mediums demonstrate the diversity of each project, and collaboration with others is a vital part of it. Yelta Köm collaborated actively with Studio Tomàs Saraceno and Aerocene Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2015–2019); curated the Caution! Slippery Ground, Istanbul Modern Museum,  Istanbul, Turkey (2016); was the associate curator of the Vardiya [The Shift] exhibition at the Pavilion of Turkey, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy (2018); participated in the Istanbul Design Biennale a couple of times with different projects and did the exhibition design of Füsun Onur’s Once Upon a time… at the Pavilion of Turkey, 59th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022).