EAA - Emre Arolat Architects was founded in May 2004 by Emre Arolat and Gonca Paşolar in Istanbul, as the continuation of Emre Arolat’s architectural practices which he started at his parents’ office, Arolat Architects, as an associate designer in 1987. Since its establishment, EAA has turned out to be one of the largest architectural offices in Turkey with a team of more than 50 people, with the attendance of Sezer Bahtiyar and reintegration of parents Şaziment and Neşet Arolat as partners. The firm continues its practice at the offices in İstanbul and London with projects that range from mixed-use buildings occupying millions of square meters, to a small place of worship counting only five hundred square meters.
EAA has taken place in many prestigious and important national and international projects. Cooperation with worldwide known engineering and consultancy firms has extensively been performed, which is being carried out by means of several computer programming of the latest technology. The projects are being developed completely in three dimensional models, from concept design to the details in depth, which is also valid for coordination with engineering systems. Design is pursued till the smallest detail, comprehensively elaborated, solved and drawn. Further than the power of design, the amount and quality of detailing, and supportive supervision in all stages of construction has gained special exclusivity to EAA services among its so-called equivalents in the market. The belief that the exact success of a design may only be enhanced by extensive detailing, in all disciplines, has reached to commitment to a full design package.
The group also has a considerable presence in the academic world. The founder Emre Arolat has been active at various schools of architecture with lectures, jury contributions and studio tutorage, such as Berlage Institute at Delft, Pratt Institute at New York, Middle East Technical University at Ankara, CEPT University at Ahmedabad, several institutions in Istanbul like Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy, Istanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University and Bilgi University where was among the founders of Graduate Program. Apart from himself, group leaders in EAA perform in similar contributions.
Architectural significance of the group was supported by many awards, most notably of which are Aga Khan Award, The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, World Architecture Festival Awards and AR Emerging Architecture Award.