Ferda Kolatan is a founding partner of su11 architecture + design in New York City and a Senior Lecturer at PennDesign. He received his Architectural Diploma with distinction from the RWTH Aachen in Germany and his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, where he was awarded the LL Memorial Price and the Honor Award for Excellence in Design. Kolatan has lectured widely and taught design studios and theory seminars at Columbia University, RPI, UBC, ICA, Washington University, Pratt Institute, and the RWTH Aachen. In 2010 he co-authored the book “Meander: Variegating Architecture” with Jenny Sabin, published by Bentley Institute Press.
su11 architecture + design is an award winning practice with international acclaim. It was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Chernikhov Price in 2007 and the MoMA/PS1 YAP in 2008. su11 has exhibited work at such venues as MoMA, Walker Art Center, Vitra Design Museum, Beijing Biennale, Carnegie Museum of Art, Archilab Orleans, Art Basel, Documenta X, Artists Space, PS1, Istanbul Design Biennial and the Siggraph and Acadia conferences. Publications include Archilab’s Futurehouse, Space,
Monitor, L’Arca, Arch+,AD, Dwell, Le Monde, NY Times, LA Times, Suedeutsche Zeitung, and the Washington Post.
In 2011 Kolatan was selected a Young Society Leader by The American Turkish Society. This distinction is awarded to accomplished professionals from diverse fields with a demonstrated record of leadership ability and commitment to serve the U.S.-Turkish community at large.