A recognized leader in sustainable design and construction, Yasemin Kologlu plays a central role in SOM’s efforts to transform architectural practice and lead the building industry’s response to the climate crisis. She adopts a forward-thinking and holistic approach to design that integrates well-being, environmental design, and technology, and she advocates for equality, diversity, and innovation in design.
Yasemin joined the firm in 2004 and has since worked in SOM’s London and New York studios. Her portfolio of completed projects is diverse, spanning from innovative headquarters and near-zero-energy offices to net-zero-carbon residential and mixed-use developments. Among her most notable works is Urban Sequoia, a radical proposal for a carbon-sequestering high-rise, as well as the United States Census Bureau headquarters in Maryland, the JTI headquarters and United Nations campus in Geneva, and Karlatornet in Gothenburg—the tallest residential tower in Scandinavia.
We’re inspired to work as citizen architects, focused on a bigger picture and purpose. Through our design work and our role as industry leaders, we’re seizing the opportunity to respond to urgent environmental challenges.
Yasemin is a founder and leader of SOM’s Climate Action Group, which promotes stronger sustainable practices for the built environment. She is co-chair of AIA New York’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), serves on the Carbon Leadership Forum NY (CLFNY) Steering Committee 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.