Inanc Eray Architects is an international design brand based in New York and Istanbul. Established in 2012 the practice aims creating a collaborative working environment with the specific needs of each project. Commencing work on all scales in the fields of design, architecture and urban planning, the portfolio of the practise is mainly focused on high rise residential and commercial developments, cultural centers, civic buildings and strategical master plans as well as small pavilions and installations.
Experimenting with the cutting edge technology, design software and advanced manufacturing techniques, IEA is constantly trying to expand the boundaries, researching into untested peripheries of the design world. “Design as research” being the main motto, the practice experiments to achieve innovative, sustainable, value added engaging spaces and poetical experiences.
Teamed up with the finest consultants, engineers and specialists, IEA believes in collective consciousness namely hive mind. With this in mind, rather than imposing fixed solutions, the practice nurtures design processes from concept design studies to turn key design packages.
Our studio in Istanbul offers a unique working environment; a mixture of sketching, modelling, rendering, scripting, music, food and humour from people of diverse backgrounds and interests. We are approachable. We promise no lectures. No superiority and no pretensions. Just high ambitions, clarity of thinking and imagination in abundance.



İnanç Eray, Partner, Int. Assoc. AIA, CAT, MArch started his career at Zaha Hadid Architects after completing his degree at Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Throughout the 8.5 years he spent at the firm, he completed many significant projects such as the U2 Tower in Dublin and Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park. After winning 1st place for Istanbul Camlica Radio & TV Tower Competition in 2011 he founded the practice. Inanc is an instructor at Istanbul Bilgi University and a teaching assistant at Pratt Institute as well.
Gonzalo Carbajo, Partner, Assoc. AIA, MArch After graduating from University of Architecture and Urban Design in Rosario, Argentina, Gonzalo has won the “Fundacion Arquitectonica” scholarship and joined Zaha Hadid, where he met Inanc. He worked there for 2.5 years and moved to NYC to join Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, spending 6 years of his career there, leading important projects such as the Baccarat Hotel and Residences. Gonzalo currently teaches Comprehensive Design at Pratt Institute in New York.
Pinar Guvenc-Eray, Partner, MSc. manages business operations in marketing, legal, finance, and client accounts. She also oversees the manufacturing process and fulfilment of materials and products for client projects and Eray Carbajo designed product lines. After earning her BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University and MSc in Finance from Southern Illinois University, Pinar worked at New York Grant Company as a Senior Consultant, specialising in government incentives and tax benefits for real estate development projects. In 2013, she co- founded, an e-commerce site for functional furniture, which in 2015 merged with the manufacturer Lazzoni, a global furniture manufacturer and retailer.



1st Prize, Invited Competition for the Yuregir Masterplan in Adana

Municipality of Yuregir, Adana

1st Prize, National Competition for Secondary Education Campus in Kocaeli

Ministry of Education of Turkey

w/ Özcan Uygur, Semra Uygur

Finalist, YAP: Young Architects Program, Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern

w/ Evren Başbuğ, Engin Ayaz, Meriç Kara

1st Prize, International Competition for Wanjing Soho

Soho China


3rd Prize, National Competition for the near surrounding of Selimiye Mosque

Municipality of Edirne, TURKEY

w/ Evren Başbuğ, Ceyhun Baskin

Runner-up,International Competition for Astana National Library

Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan


Commended, Architectural Review Awards, in Big Urban Projects Category

MIPIM / Architectural Review, Cannes, FRANCE

w/ Evren Başbuğ, Ceyhun Baskin

1st Prize,National Competition for the Urban Design of Kızyakup City Park in Bursa

Municipality of Osmangazi, TURKEY

May 2006

w/ Evren Başbuğ, Ceyhun Baskin

1st Prize, International Competition for the design of Eleftheria Square

Municipality of Nicosia, CYPRUS

w/ Christos Passas, Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu @ ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

1st Prize, International Competition for the Flood Control Memorial Wall of Nanjing

Municipality of Nanjing, CHINA

March 2006

w/ Simon Yu, Ceyhun Baskin @ ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

1st Prize, Invited National Competition for Secondary Education Campus in Gelibolu

Municipality of Gelibolu

w/ Özcan Uygur, Semra Uygur, Ebru Can, Kenan Bilhan

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Municipality of Luleburgaz

w/ Caner Bilgin

1st Prize, National Competition for Çamlıca Hill TV and Radio Tower

Ministry of Transportation of Turkey and Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul

w/ Ceyhun Baskin

Commended, Golden Spider Web Awards

Golden Spider, TURKEY has been commended by Golden Spider Web Awards as one of the 10 best web sites in the “Blog” category. (9th cycle)

Commended, e-tohum Web15

e-tohum, TURKEY has been commended by e-tohum as one of the 15 promising web start-up projects in Turkey.

Runner-up, International Competition for Saudi Aramco Cultural Center

Saudi Aramco Company, Dhammam, KSA


Commended, Architectural Review Awards, in Community Category

Cityscape / Achitectural Review, Dubai, UAE

w/ Evren Başbuğ, Ceyhun Baskin

1st Prize, International Competition for the Kartal – Pendik Masterplan

Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul, TURKEY

w/ Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu, DaeWha Kang @ ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

1st Prize, National Competition for Manisa Municipality Administration Building, Commercial Center and Urban Design

Municipality of Manisa, TURKEY

w/ Evren Başbuğ, Ceyhun Baskın








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