(RIBA, Chartered Member, Int’l. Assoc. AIA) studied architecture at Vienna Technical University and graduated in 1992. He founded Tabanlıoğlu Architects in cooperation with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu in Istanbul in 1990. Besides his atelier program at Istanbul Bilgi University, he lectures at universities and various international platforms. In addition to his national and international contributions as a jury member, such as at AIA and WAF, Murat served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In 2014 he has been granted with the great honor of curating the first Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2015, he has been the curator of “Port City Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp.” exhibition at MAS Antwerp, as a major event of Europalia 2015 Turkey. Together with his partner Melkan Gürsel, he received MEA- Middle East Architect’s “Architect of the Year” Award in 2010 and in 2013 has been selected as the “Architect of the Year” by Big Project ME. In 2013, Middle East Architects Magazine announced Melkan Gürsel - Murat Tabanlıoğlu as 4th & 5th in the list of most powerful 50 figures who shaped the architecture of the ME.