When: Friday, January 08 / 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Organizer: Baltimore Architecture Foundation
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Nezahat Arıkoğlu: The Architect Behind the Mid-Century WJZ TV Studio

Jillian Storms will present about Turkish architect Nezahat Arıkoğlu and her midcentury designs.

This program is hosted on Zoom. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact ndennies@aiabalt.com. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

This presentation will highlight the design work of one of the early woman of architecture in Maryland, Nezahat Sügüder Arıkoğlu (1920–2000), who practiced with her husband İlhan Muzaffer Arıkoğlu (1922–1981) in Baltimore in the 1960s before returning to Turkey. They are credited with over 20 nearly modern projects in our region that include apartments, private residences, shopping centers, manufacturing plants, and offices, including WJZ’s TV Studio on Television Hill.

She graduated as an architect from National Fİne Arts Academy of Istanbul in 1943. While Modernism of International Style excited her, she consciously tried to develop her designs to address local and regional requirements. But architecture was only one of her many passions. Her multi-talented artistic repertoire included painting, sculpting, music, fashion design, culinary arts, and critical writing. She and her husband inspired their son, Kaya Arikogluto, carry on the family profession in Turkey where he practices today and maybe joining on the Zoom!

About the Presenter

Jillian Storms, AIA, is an architect and capital programs manager at the School Facilities Branch of the Maryland State Department of Education. She is a former President of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. Jillian led the Early Women of Architecture in Maryland project, culminating in a traveling exhibition featuring women who practiced architecture from the 1920s to the 1960s and received BAF’s Roger Redden Award and Preservation Maryland’s George T. Harrison Volunteer Award in recognition of her extensive work to bring these stories to light. Jillian continues to work with BAF to bring more stories of women architects to light and document their projects.