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By Anylab Experimental Studio
ANYLABTALKS is a podcast talking with people from architecture, design, and creative environments. We share their ideas, interests, projects, and even their own unique stories. Taking design as our starting point and let the conversation flow freely from there.
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Instead of Complaining Try Doing Something with Sevince Bayrak and Oral Göktaş
In this episode of Anylabtalks, host Yardim Yardim interviews Sevince Bayrak and Oral Goktas, partners and co-founders of SO; an Istanbul-based studio focusing on design, architecture, and urbanism.  In 2013, they won the Young Architects Program by MoMA/PS1, creating Sky Spotting Stop for Istanbul Modern, which was exhibited in MoMA and MAXXI. In 2015, they won the invitational competition at the Royal Academy of Arts; their project Unexpected Hill was realized in London. Their work has been published internationally and nominated for prestigious Mies, Aga Khan Awards, they were among the finalists of the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award 2019. They were shortlisted for the Future Architecture Platform 2019. Their recent work includes a public cultural center in Istanbul, a chicken coop and a cabin in the rural parts of Turkey, and an interdisciplinary research project on post-disaster emergency housing. Sevince recently published a book adapted from her PhD dissertation about the evolution of public space in Istanbul and teaches in MEF University since 2015 and Oral has been running a graduate design studio, titled Alternative Architectural Practices in MEF University since 2019. Visit to see their work. This interview was recorded in MEF University Architecture Studio, Istanbul on October 18, 2019. Enjoy our conversation.
February 18, 2021
Why Collaboration Make All The Difference? with Kirsten Lees
This special podcast recording was a part of Arch + Dsgn Summit and took place at the İzmir Architecture Center, Turkey on 26 September 2019. Moderated by Nurgul Yardim, the talk explored Kirsten Lees’ thoughts on the role of the global architect, the inter-relationship between architecture, place and the city. Kirsten Lees is the Grimshaw London studio’s Managing Partner and Partner in Charge of the design Arter Museum, opened in İstanbul, Turkey. Kirsten is a highly experienced architect with over 25 years’ experience in architecture, strategic planning, urban design and regeneration in sensitive environments within the arts, sports and master planning sectors. She brings insight and creativity to the development of strategic projects, and she demonstrates strong conceptual judgment when integrating buildings into sensitive settings, both urban and rural. Her work has been acknowledged for its subtle response to place, the pre-eminence of the cultural agenda and its unique expressive and material qualities. She was shortlisted for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year award in 2014. She is currently developing the Koç Contemporary Art Museum in Istanbul, and a new grandstand for Curragh Racecourse. Enjoy our conversation.
February 18, 2021
Human Mind as a Site with Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg
In this episode of Anylabtalks, host Nurgul Yardim, interviews Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg. They are co-founders of Spacepopular and direct the research MArch unit Diploma 2: The Civic Program at the Architectural Association. They both graduates from the Architectural Association in London and founded Spacepopular in Bangkok. The practice has been based in London since 2016; has completed buildings, exhibitions, public artworks, furniture collections, and interiors across Asia and Europe, as well as virtual architecture in the Immersive Internet.  Visit to see their work. This interview was recorded in No.1 Poultry Building London on May 28, 2019. Enjoy our conversation.
February 18, 2021
Why We Fell in Love with Photography with Sue Barr
Nurgul Yardim chats to Sue Barr, photographer and Head of Photography at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art. She works and exhibits internationally, including the recent AutoPhoto exhibition at the Foundation Cartier in Paris and she has a solo exhibition at the Arles Photo Festival in July. Her book ‘The Architecture of Transit’ published by Hartmann Projects. Following historical 18th-century routes from the Swiss Alps to Naples, she used a large format camera to photograph these extraordinary and ignored architectural megastructures.  Visit to see Sue Barr’s works. This interview was recorded in Architectural Association London on May 22, 2019. Enjoy our conversation.
February 18, 2021
The Wisdom of Authenticity with Sumita Singha
This episode's guest is Sumita Singha.  Sumita set up her London-based practice Eco=logic in 1993, specialising in ‘eco-friendly design, community projects and design for those with disabilities’. Sumita set up Architects For Change, the equality forum at the RIBA and has been past Chair of Women in Architecture.  At present, she sits on the RIBA professional standards committee and its Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission. Singha is currently a tutor in professional practice at the University of Westminster and is the founding director of Charushila, a design charity for community projects.  She has written numerous books including Architecture For Rapid Change and Scarce Resources, the four-volume Women In Architecture (2018) and Future Healthcare Design.  Singha is also a trustee of the Architects Benevolent Society and the Commonwealth Association of Architects and, since 2013, has been a non-executive director of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where she chairs the People and Culture committee.  This interview was recorded via Zoom. Enjoy our conversation.
August 5, 2020
Architects Love Media & Media Loves Architects – But Do They Get Along?
The LFA is the world’s largest annual architecture event and celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. This year London Festival of Architecture making LFA Digital on the theme of Power. As a part of LFA Digital, “Architects Love Media & Media Loves Architects – But Do They Get Along?” panel talk organised by Anylab Experimental Studio, based in Somerset House London; will question how we can define “media” in architecture. Is media only a tool, or is it a space dialogue and debate? Speakers will present their idea of media and demonstrate how media can explore the connections between architecture and its representation. Speakers: Dara Huang/ Architect, Founder of DH Liberty, Co-founder of Vivahouse Tom Wilkinson/ History Editor The Architectural Review, Author of Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made, co-director of New Architecture Writers Sam Jacob/ Principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design, Professor of Architecture at UIC and Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture Manijeh Verghese/ Founding Director at Unscene Architecture, Head of Public Programmes at Architectural Association, Co-Curator of the British Pavilion at the 2021Venice Architecture Biennale Jim Stephenson/ Photographer, Film-maker, Founder of Clickclickjim Bobby Jewell/ Press and Communications Consultant, Coordinator at ACAN, Co-organiser of the Negroni Talks Shukri Sultan / Co-founder of Afterparti, inaugural member of the New Architectural Writers program Nurgul Yardim/ Architect, Podcast Host, Founder of Anylab (Chair)
June 21, 2020
Human Energy, Life and Architecture with Benedetta Tagliabue
This episode's guest is is Benedetta Tagliabue. She is director of the acclaimed international architecture firm EMBT Miralles Tagliabue, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona.  Among EMBT’s notable built projects are the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Diagonal Mar Park, and the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, Campus Universitario de Vigo, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo which was awarded the prestigious RIBA International “Best International Building of 2011” award.  In the teaching field, she has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Columbia University and Barcelona ETSAB, lecturing regularly at architecture forums and universities, and is on juries around the world.  Her work received the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005, the National Spanish Prize in 2006, the Catalan National Prize in 2002, City of Barcelona Prize in 2005 and 2009, FAD Prizes in 2000, 2003 and 2007. She won the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award, which is given annually to an individual or practice that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture.  This interview was recorded in Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio in Barcelona.  Enjoy our conversation.
June 1, 2020
Three Generations of Architects and New Hope for Earth with Ricardo Emilio Bofill
This episode's guest is Ricardo Emilio Bofill Maggiora Vergano. Ricardo joined Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura in 1991 after graduating from Harvard University, and he is currently President of his family's Barcelona-based architecture practice, which is three generations in the making.  RBTA is an architecture, planning and interior design studio founded in 1963 by Ricardo Emilio Bofill's father legendary architect Ricardo Bofill one of the defining voices of postmodernism.  This interview was recorded in La Fábrica, the 3,100 sqm former cement factory which discovered in 1973 and has repurposed as studio, office and residence in Barcelona. Enjoy our conversation.
May 17, 2020
Let’s Talk about Climate Action with Lauren Shevills and Joe Penn
We are in extraordinary times; a lot of us working remotely and meeting daily to keep in touch, and make sure our business is moving forward. As Anylabtalks we help to stay connected and meet new people talking about the things we are most passionate about.  In this episode host Nurgul Yardim Mericliler talks with Lauren Shevills and Joe Penn from the Architects Climate Action Network. Enjoy our talk, stay safe and stay connected! Lauren Shevills / Coordinator at Architects Climate Action Network, Architect at Mæ She defines herself as creative individual, dabbling in mediums ranging from design to fabrication and lots of other things in between. She has personal interests for socio-political research and architectural activism which focus on delivering quality architecture for positive social and planetary change. Joe Penn / Coordinator at Architects Climate Action Network, Architect at Rock Townsend He studied Political Architecture and Critical Sustainability, previously working in architectural practice in Denmark and the UK. Joe’s passion lies in the creation of social and joyful architecture through a process of collaboration and craft.
March 20, 2020
Celebrating Women
At Anylabtalks, we're proud to spotlight great women, who have broken barriers and stood for creativity. Over one year, our host Nurgul Yardim Mericliler have had the great privilege of sitting by many of them, hearing their stories and asking why they are hopeful about future. Reflecting on just a few of those conversations, this short episode feels a little like what they would have talked. The episode featuring Dara Huang, Angela Dapper, Mina Hasman, Kirsten Lees and Benedetta Tagliabue.
March 7, 2020
What is the value of challenges in architecture with Gilles Retsin
This episode's guest is Gilles Retsin. He studied in Belgium, Chile and the UK, where he obtained a masters from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab in London. His work has been exhibited at the New York’s Museum of Art and Design, the Vitra Design Museum and at the Royal Academy of Arts. He is Program Director of the B-Pro Architectural Design within the Bartlett School of Architecture. This interview was recorded in in UCL Bartlett School of Architecture in London on May 13, 2019. Enjoy our conversation.
February 10, 2020
A perspective on Sustainability with Mina Hasman and Phil Obayda
We’re happy to be back on the air with our second season. In this episode, our guests are Mina Hasman and Phil Obayda. This interview was recorded in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill London headquarter at SOM-designed Broadgate Tower. In this episode, Mina and Phil discuss their path in SOM; sustainability within the building industry and how we all come together & help to shape the future.
January 15, 2020
DezeenDay Special
In this episode anylabtalks featuring “Dezeen Day”, an international architecture and design conference took place on 30 October. The interviews were recorded in Dezeen Day at BFI Southbank, London. In this exclusive interviews Nurgul Yardim Mericliler and Emre Erdogan have talked with high-profile speakers and asked their motivation behind their speeches. This episode’s guests are Paola Antonelli, Arthur Mamou-Mani, Rachel Armstrong, Liam Young, Benedict Hobson, Patrik Schumacher and Dara Huang. Thanks Dezeen for this opportinity! Enjoy the episode! Paola Antonelli is an author, editor and curator. She is currently the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Arthur Mamou-Mani is an architect and director of Mamou-Mani Architects and a specialist in digital fabrication and advanced bioplastics. Rachel Armstrong is professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University, she is a pioneer of living architecture, an approach that seeks to give buildings some of the qualities of natural systems. Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is the founder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today and runs the programme on Fiction and Entertainment at SCI-Arc. Benedict Hobson is the Dezeen’s chief content officer. We asked him what was his personal highlight of the day? Patrik Schumacher is the principal at Zaha Hadid Architects and founder of Design Research Unit at the Architecture Association. Dara Huang is an architect and founder of Design Haus Liberty and co-founder of Vivahouse.
November 6, 2019
From critical thinking to joy in architecture with Mat Barnes
This episode’s guest is Mat Barnes, director of CAN: Critical Architecture Network in London. CAN is an architecture studio that designs buildings, environments and installations. Prior to founding CAN, Mat was an Associate at Studio 54 Architecture where he was responsible for the award-winning Peabody infill housing projects. He has been a guest critic at a number of universities including Oxford Brookes and Westminster. Recently his design of Lomax Studio project picked up a Royal Institute of British Architects London regional award. In this interview, we talk about experiences, McDonald's, ornament in architecture and how to make a great city. I hope you enjoy our talk.
July 30, 2019
Culture, community, change with Angela Dapper
This episode's guest is Angela Dapper, the principle of Grimshaw Architects leading hotel, commercial and cultural projects. This interview was recorded in Grimshaw Architects in London. Angela is currently focused on research and development of people based on buildings integrated with public space. Before joining Grimshaw, she was a Partner at Denton Corker Marshall Architects where she was involved in several landmark London projects. She led the design and construction of Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre. Following this success, Angela was shortlisted for the Architect's Journal Emerging Woman Architect of the Year. We talk about the culture of architecture, human-based design and gender equality in the discipline.
July 16, 2019
Creativity and architecture of our time with Patrik Schumacher
This episode’s guest is Patrik Schumacher, principal of Zaha Hadid Architects. This interview was recorded in Zaha Hadid Architects Studio in London. Patrik is one of the most influential figures in architecture today, with his educational background in both philosophy and architecture. He lectures around the world, contributing articles to journals and publishes books on parametricism. Patrik Schumacher founded the leading-edge Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London, focuses on parametric design in architecture and urbanism. A true believer in innovation, Patrik is not someone who shies away from engaging in challenging conversations on some of the most crucial issues of our generation. His constant desire to push limits makes him an “outside-the-box” thinking within the profession. In this exclusive interview, we talk about his leadership in a world-famed firm carrying one of the biggest names in modern architecture, Zaha Hadid; the future of architecture and urbanism and why he is so passionate about creativity.
July 2, 2019
Pleasure of architecture with Tarek Merlin
In this episode, my guest is Tarek Merlin, Director & Co-Founder of Feix&Merlin Architects, a creative design studio particular interests in the arts and public spaces as well as commercial office and infrastructure projects. Tarek graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture and originally worked at Foster & Partners before joining Alsop Architects. He played a key role on some of Alsop’s most high profile projects including Queen Mary University ‘Blizard Building’ and the ‘Palestra’ office building. Tarek went on to become a Senior Architect at Yoo, a high-end interior design studio co-founded by John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck. In this interview, Tarek explains creating spaces that enable collaborative environments, client sides of the projects and why he is optimistic about change. To learn more go to our conversation.
May 20, 2019
How passion matters in design with Dara Huang
In this episode, Nurgul speaks with Dara Huang founder of Design Haus Liberty, a London-based architecture and design practice. Dara has received numerous awards and honours including Property Weeks 40 under 40, BBC China's 100 Women, and three RIBA competition recognitions. This conversation touches upon many topics, from how buildings need to be paired with technology, and immersive experiences to becoming a new generation of designer. Dara also speaks about her passion on creating value and leading design in emerging market trends, DH Liberty’s collaborations and boundaries of the way architects engage clients. We hope you enjoy.
April 25, 2019
The Power of Words in Architecture with Juliette Mitchell
"Your words should inspire others." In the second episode Nurgul talks with Juliette Mitchell, a freelance writer and editor. Juliette has always worked with words and for years she worked as an editor at Penguin Books. Now, she runs Architypal, a writing consultancy for architects. We talk about the power of telling stories in architecture to change people’s minds and make things happen. Juliette provides practical tips for architects to write about their projects. You might be struggling to express what you do differently, then listen to our conversation!
April 15, 2019
How architecture takes responsibility with Chris Hildrey
In this episode Nurgul talking with Chris Hildrey founder of Hildrey Studio. Chris is an architect and designer focusing on complex systems, including contemporary social issues. He has worked variously at Foster + Partners, OMA, ZHA and Níall McLaughlin Architects. After establishing Hidrey Studio, his work spans a range of fields with specific interests in the social implications of design, emergent systems, and cross-discipline collaboration. In 2017 he became the first architect to be chosen for the Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum. Enjoy!
April 8, 2019
Making physical world a better place with Jonathan Mizzi
This week Nurgul speak with Jonathan Mizzi, founder of Mizzi Studio, award-winning architecture and design practice. He is currently rolling out nine sculptural kiosks in London’s Royal Parks and a new Serpentine Café, with a fantastical sweeping brass canopy, Serpentine Bridge. In this interview, Jonathan talks about his love for science fiction and high-tech architecture, through his experiences at Foster and Partners, Jason Bruges Studio, Cinimod Studio and Mizzi Studio. Think you already know what Jonathan Mizzi is really excited about for future? Tune in to find out.
March 25, 2019
Pushing the boundaries in design with Aleksa Rizova
In our first episode special to women's day as well, I speak with Aleksa Rizova, founder of the Aleksa Studio in London. We talk about Aleksa Studio’s bold and innovative designs and interaction of new media platforms and discuss the materials and fabrication through advanced techniques.
March 7, 2019