A recognized leader in sustainable design and construction, Yasemin Kologlu plays a central role in SOM’s efforts to transform the building industry’s response to the climate crisis. She adopts a forward-thinking and holistic approach to her projects that integrates well-being, environmental design, and the latest material and building technologies.
Over the past two decades, Yasemin has led projects that exemplify this approach in a range of scales and geographies, from research proposals developed for UN Climate Change Conferences to carbon-neutral districts. 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 in Geneva; Charenton-Bercy, Paris’s first net-zero-carbon district; and Karlatornet in Gothenburg—the tallest 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 helped the firm achieve net zero carbon emissions in its operations in 2022. As an advocate for equality and diversity in the profession, she serves on AIA New York’s Honors Committee. She also co-chairs the chapter’s Committee on the Environment, serves on the Carbon Leadership Forum NY Steering Committee, and regularly contributes to advisory groups shaping carbon and energy policies across New York.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Suitland, Maryland, United States