Melkan Gursel joined Turkish architecture firm Tabanlioglu Architects in 1995, and has since co-led the firm with Murat Tabanlioglu. A graduate of Istanbul Technical University and Polytechnic University of Metropolitan Catalonia for her Master of Architecture, Gursel’s influence on the firm is felt in the highstandard of architectural design as well as the rising percentage of female architects at the firm, which now sits at almost 60 percent. She has lectured at various national and international platforms and serves as a jury member on several programmes – one of her contributions being RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. Gursel has also been selected as one of the “Europe 40 under 40” in 2008 and “Fifty under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century” in 2015. And in 2018, she jointly won MEA Awards’ Architect of the Year with partner Murat Tabanlioglu.