We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "The Marker Design Challenge" competition – Asli Cinar from Germany!

Asli Cinar from Germany

In 2017 I completed my bachelor’s in architecture at the HfT Stuttgart. Afterwards I received my master’s degree at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and returned to my hometown near Stuttgart in 2020. Since then, I have been working as a salaried architect in an office in Stuttgart. In between I have worked independently on smaller projects and every now and then I also try my hand at small art projects.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

I personally see in architecture the possibility to create personal spaces. Each project is not only unique by itself, but also individually tangible for each person. In addition, nowadays as architects we have a special responsibility for the future, both to act sustainably and to create a certain awareness of this.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

I see architectural competitions as an opportunity to focus on the roots of the design process. Every project and every competition is individual, and therefore a new challenge to broaden my personal horizon.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

A building is not there overnight. It is going through a long process in which it evolves. Therefore, competitions are an opportunity for our personal process to develop further. It doesn't matter if we lose or win, as long as we are satisfied with our own design, because there is always someone better. But what matters is how much better you have become.

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