About GAD Architecture

Principal and founder of GAD - Global Architectural Development, Gokhan Avcioglu and his design team have been producing dynamic, innovative concepts for projects ranging from small private homes to expansive Urban Master Plans in Turkey and around the world for over twenty-five years.

Led by Mr. Avcioglu, the dedicated International creative staff of GAD takes an unconventional approach to creating projects that push the boundaries of architectural thinking forward.  Supported by his GAD teams, Mr. Avcioglu has won numerous awards, including the 1997 Turkish Architecture Prize, a Bronze Medal in Miami Bienal in 2003, Archmarathon Award in 2014, German Iconic Awards in 2014, Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award in 2015, 2014 and 2012, MIPIM AR Future Awards in 2017, 2013 and 2012, and International Property Awards in 2013,2014 and 2015. A number of his projects have been nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Among his extensive and numerous projects are office buildings, hotels, cultural centers, public and commercial spaces, and a multitude of residences in Istanbul, Bodrum, New Jersey, New York City, Washington DC, Virginia, Connecticut, Libya, Beirut, Riyadh and Kiev. Among his most recent projects are mixed-use residential and commercial projects in Istanbul and New York and hotels and private residences in Bodrum, Kazan, and Kiev.

Mr. Avcioglu and GAD’s projects have been exhibited extensively at the Minima Art Gallery in Philadelphia, the Miami Bienal, the Museum of Architecture in Rotterdam, and at the Royal Art Academy in London. In April 2008, objects designed by Mr.Avcioglu were shown in the Block Exhibition in Milan, and in 2010, GAD’s work was exhibited in Los Angeles. His selected projects were shown in executive design weeks such as Prague Design Week, Istanbul Design Week and,in 2012, his One and Ortakoy project was exhibited at The Chicago Athenaeum Museum.

His academic activities and teachings include Architectural Design studios at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, Yildiz Technical University, and Istanbul Technical University. Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1960, Mr. Avcioglu completed his education at Konya Selcuk University with a B. Arch degree in 1983. 

In 2014, the GAD Foundation was established with the aim of cultivating a better understanding of the environment for architecture and construction. Seeking to raise broader awareness of the current state of both the education and practice of these fields, the GAD Foundation produces videos, conducts training seminars and sponsors workshops. 

Most recently, Mr. Avcioglu and GAD Foundation were proud sponsors of "Emerging Architecture Awards” and "Women in Architecture” for Architectural Review Magazine, a publication for which Mr. Avcioglu has often served as a consultant and Jury Member. Mr. Avcioglu and GAD are headquartered in Istanbul with design studios in New York and Bodrum. 

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Chamber of Architects and Engineers Turkey, French National Architects Order Board and the Dutch Bureau Architectenregister.