zaas [abbrev.] Zeynep & Ayça's Architectural Studio

zaas is a contemporary practice based in Istanbul, operating within the boundaries of architecture, art and design, founded by Zeynep Şankaynağı and Ayça Taylan.

 

Team:

Nail Egemen Yerce (Architect)
Buket Katı (Architect)
Bilge Erdil (Architect)
Nebal Çolpan (Graphic Designer)
İsmail Çağrı Okur (Interior designer)


Zeynep Şankaynağı

Having graduated from the Architecture Faculty of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2008 as first in her class, she has worked as a project architect and project manager in Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects from 2008 untill 2014. Among the projects she has taken part here; Tarsus Sev Elementary School Campus received the National Architecture Award in the Project category in 2010, National Architecture Award in the Building category in 2016; Baku New Power Station, finalist in Aga Khan Awards received the 2015 Iconic Awards in Germany; Doğa Dragos Project became a finalist at the 2012 World Architecture Festival. KA House where she had important roles in the project and design stage, won WA Awards in 2017 given by the World Architecture Community after having been selected to the Turkish Architecture Annual.

She founded ZAAS with Ayça Taylan in 2014. The same year, the exhibition stand that they have designed together with Yerce Architecture, was awarded as the ‘Best Exhibition Stand’. Studio Loft, completed in 2016, was elected to the Turkish Architecture Annual and became a finalist at the 2017 World Architecture Inside, in the ‘Creative Re-Use Category’. 


Ayça Taylan

Having graduated from the Architecture Faculty of Istanbul Technical University in 2008, she has worked as a project architect and project manager in Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects from 2008 untill 2016. Among the projects she has taken part here; Tarsus Sev Elementary School Campus received the National Architecture Award in the Project category in 2010, the National Architecture Award in the Building category in 2016; Studio Santral Student Housing Project became a finalist at the 2016 World Architecture Festival in Singapour.

She founded ZAAS with Zeynep Şankaynağı in 2014. The same year, the exhibition stand that they have designed together with Yerce Architecture, was awarded as the ‘Best Exhibition Stand’. Studio Loft, completed in 2016, was elected to the Turkish Architecture Annual and became a finalist at the 2017 World Architecture Inside, in the ‘Creative Re-Use Category’. 

Ayça Taylan has been a guest jury in the architectural studios on different classes, in Özyeğin University and Mef University.