Yasemin Kologlu is a design principal in SOM’s New York office. Kologlu adopts a forward-thinking and holistic approach to design that integrates wellbeing, environmental design, and technology. She is a strong advocate for equality, diversity, and innovation in the design industry. Kologlu joined the firm in 2004 and has since worked in SOM’s New York and London offices. Her portfolio of completed projects is diverse – it includes innovative headquarters, near-zero-energy offices, and net zero-carbon residential and mixed-use developments. She has extensive experience working on projects in North America and Europe, including 400 Fifth Avenue in New York, the United States Census Bureau headquarters in Maryland, the JTI headquarters and United Nations campus in Geneva, and the Karlatornet in Gothenburg – the tallest residential tower in Scandinavia.
Kologlu is an industry recognized leader and mentor in sustainable design and construction. She is a founder and firm-wide leader of SOM’s global Climate Action Group, which promotes stronger sustainable practices in our built environment. She is part of the Carbon Leadership Forum NY (CLFNY) Steering Committee, AIA New York’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), and the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) Architect Advisory Council, and has contributed to multiple industry advisory groups to help shape New York City and State policies on carbon and energy. She continues to spearhead numerous environmental design research initiatives at SOM, and is committed to pluralism in design in practice. A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Kologlu received her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University and completed postgraduate studies at London Metropolitan University