Born in Ankara, Turkey, Gokhan Avcioglu completed his education in KSU/BA with a degree in Architecture in 1983. He is the principal and founder of GAD (Global Architectural Development), and with his team, for more than 25 years, has been producing dynamic, innovative concepts and research from small private homes to urban master plans around the world.
Lead by Gokhan Avcioglu, the dedicated international staff of GAD takes a "Standard-NON-Standard” approach to create projects that push architecture forward. He 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 Athaneum Green Good Design Award in 2015, 2014 and 2012, MIPIM AR Future Awards in 2013 and 2012 and International Property awards in 2013,2014 and 2015. A number of projects have been nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Gokhan Avcioglu and GAD’s projects have been exhibited at the Minima Art gallery in Philadelphia, at the Miami Bienal, at the Musuem of Architecture in Rotterdam, and at the Royal Art Academy in London. In April 2008, objects designed by Gokhan Avcioglu were shown in the Block Exhibition in Milan. In 2010, GAD’s work are exhibited in Los Angeles. His projects were shown in executive design weeks such as Prag Design Week, Istanbul Design Week and In 2012 One and Ortakoy has been exhibited at The Chicago Athaneum Museum. Gokhan Avcioglu has run studios at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, Yildiz Technical University, and Istanbul Technical University.
Among his projects are office buildings, hotels, cultural, public and commercial spaces and residences in Istanbul, Bodrum, New Jersey, New York City, Washington DC, Virginia and Conneticut, Libya, Beirut, Riyadh and Kiev. Among his most recent projects are mixed-use residential and commercial projects in Istanbul and New York, hotels and private residences in Bodrum, Kazan (Russia), and Kiev (Ukraine).
In 2013, the GAD FOUNDATION was established with the aim to cultivate a better environment for architecture and construction. Seeking to raise awareness and spread the word regarding 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, Gokhan Avcioglu and GAD Foundation was proud to sponsor "Emerging Architecture Awards” and "Women in Architecture” for Architectural Review Magazine, a publication for which Gokhan Avcioglu has often served as a Jury Member.
Mr. Avcioglu also has the offices in Istanbul, New York and Bodrum. He shares his time between these Iocations. Mr. Avcioglu is a member of AIA New York Chapter, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and The Chamber of Architects Turkey (TMMOB), French National Architects Order Board and the Dutch Bureau Architectenregister.