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Gokhan Kodalak

Visiting Assistant Professor


Gokhan Kodalak is a theorist, teaching philosophies of architecture, nature, and cities at the Pratt Institute; an architect, the founding partner of Istanbul-based design office, ABOUTBLANK; and a historian, who completed his PhD dissertation on “Spinoza and Architecture” at Cornell University. His work explores the complex relationship of architecture and philosophy, addressing diverse issues such as architectural being and thinking, the question of ecology and nature-culture continuum, spatial politics and urban commons, affective aesthetics and immanent ethics, and the heterodox Spinozist conception that architectural modalities are alive [animata].

Kodalak’s research is awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Institute for Comparative Modernities. His design work is acknowledged with international awards, and exhibited at Johnson Museum of Art at New York, Antalya Architecture Biennial, and One Architecture Week. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and invited talks as in SCI-Arc, the CCA, and European Society for Aesthetics at Freie Universität. He was selected as the Theories of Architecture fellow at TU Delft during the Spring semester of 2021. His discourse is published in journals such as Deleuze Studies and Footprint, in books like Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio (2018) and Architectures of Life and Death (2021). And most recently, Kodalak is developing a multi-issue publication project as a guest-editor at Log (2020-21) with Sanford Kwinter, introducing the understudied thinking of Spinoza, A.N. Whitehead, and Gilbert Simondon to cultivate alternative approaches to the interfused questions of nature, philosophy, and design.

Ph.D., Cornell University
M. Phil., Cornell University
B. Arch. & M. Sc., YTU, Istanbul