AKBANK SANAT (UNMAKING SCHOOL) Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00
Friday: 10.00 - 22.00
→ more
ARTER (EARTH SCHOOL) Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00
Friday: 10.00 - 22.00
→ more
PERA MÜZESİ (SCALES SCHOOL) Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 - 19.00
Friday: 10.00 - 22.00
Sunday: 12.00 - 18.00

→ more
SALT GALATA (TIME SCHOOL) Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 - 20.00
Sunday: 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday, 27 September: 10.00 - 22.00
Thursday, 25 October: 10.00 - 22.00

→ more
STUDIO-X İSTANBUL (DIGESTION SCHOOL) Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00
Thursday, 27 September: 10.00 - 22.00
Thursday, 25 October: 10.00 - 22.00

→ more
YAPI KREDİ KÜLTÜR SANAT (CURRENTS SCHOOL) Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00
Friday: 10.00 - 22.00
→ more


Encouraging visitors to take a closer look at the exhibited works and the conceptual framework of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, guided tours are held every day except Mondays throughout the duration of the biennial at Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, Pera Museum, Arter, SALT Galata and Studio-X Istanbul.

The guides, trained under the supervision of scholar and museologist Mine Küçük, provide in-depth commentaries on the theoretical framework of the biennial, exhibited works, and specific themes assigned to each venue, and answer questions during this hour-long tours per venue.

Turkish guided tours: Every day except Monday 11.00*, 14.00, 16.00

English guided tours: Every Wednesday 11.00 (Akbank Sanat), 14.00 (Yapı Kredi Culture Centre), 16.00 (Arter) / Every Thursday 11.00 (Pera Museum), 14.00 (SALT Galata), 16.00 (Studio-X Istanbul)

*Guided tour at 11.00 on Sundays at the Pera Museum is not held since the museum is closed until 12.00.

Tulip Card members can get their tickets with discounts up to 25%.


In addition to venue-specific guided tours, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial offers guided walks between venues located on two different routes in Beyoğlu and Karaköy for more engaging visitors seeking for an extended biennial experience.

Akbank Sanat
Yapı Kredi Culture Centre
Pera Museum

SALT Galata
Studio-X Istanbul

The Beyoglu Route, which is held every day except Monday, starts from Akbank Sanat at 11.00. The tour includes four venues (Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, Pera Museum, Arter) and takes approximately four hours.

The Karaköy Route, which is held every day except Monday, starts from SALT Galata at 11.00. The tour includes two venues (SALT Galata, Studio-X Istanbul) and takes approximately two hours.

The Beyoglu Night Route, which will be held on Friday, 28 September and Friday, 26 October, will start from Akbank Sanat at 18.00. The tour includes four venues (Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, Pera Museum, Arter) and takes approximately four hours.

The Karaköy Night Route, which will be held on Thursday, 27 September and Thursday, 25 September, starts from SALT Galata at 20.00. The tour includes two venues (SALT Galata, Studio-X Istanbul) and takes approximately two hours.

Tickets can be purchased via Tulip Card Communication Centre (+90 850 755 02 60),, Biletix sales points, and the box office of İKSV –with no service fee. 


Design Biennial Special Ticket rewards you as a supporter of the exhibition with special opportunities and benefits:

- Be among the biennial’s guests at the preview days on 20–21 September 2018.

- Get the A School of Schools Agenda for free.

- Receive an invitation for the biennial’s opening reception on 20 September 2018.

- Participate in a guided tour in a venue of your choice, from 22 September 2018 onwards.

4th Istanbul Design Biennial – A School of Schools
A Biennial about Design as Learning, and Learning as Design.

A School of Schools is a multi-platform biennale that will use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.

The amount of information in the world is more than doubling every two years. People know more than ever before. Lifelong learning is touted as the only way to keep a job and keep your head. Chalk and talk, and reciting multiplication tables has no chance against the animated distractions in our pockets. Meanwhile, the machines themselves have started learning too. What will be left for humans to do and which mental faculties remain irreplaceable are hot topics. Is it time to go back to school – and redesign it?

Alternative design education initiatives have consistently provided a brave space for experimentation and new knowledge, from the Bauhaus to Black Mountain College, and from Global Tools to the Sigma Group. These initiatives have not only helped design evolve, question itself and push its own boundaries, but also education and learning in general. Not only concerned with design, many of these experiments have also tested alternative ways of living, working, and connecting with each other and ourselves. Through this process-based experiential research, new manifestations, meanings, and implications of design have surfaced.

Today, design has become a form of enquiry, power and agency. It has become vaster than the world and life itself, permeating all layers of everyday life. As design becomes pervasive, the discipline can no longer claim to offer solutions to everything. In fact, the one-size-fits-all approach of many universal global systems is showing its cracks and exclusions. Similarly, design education – where the field and its practitioners have traditionally been reviewed and refined – now finds itself navigating new constraints and challenges regarding relevance, adaptability, accessibility, and finances.

As a space for critical reflection on design established in a historically rich context, the Istanbul Design Biennial offers the opportunity to question the very production and replication of design and its education. In 2018, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial builds on the legacy of previous editions, in order to reinvent itself and become a productive process-orientated platform for education and design to research, experiment and learn in and from the city and beyond.

Titled A School of Schools, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will stretch both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. A School of Schools manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring six themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.

Can the biennial use, question and reframe previously tried-and-tested education models – from the museum-as-encyclopedia to the laboratory, the studio and the academy – to create a setting for meaningful dialogue and design? Can design itself be a brave space for people to share their knowledge and ignorance, their experience and curiosity?

Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, A School of Schools brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Together, agents in this complex and ambitious ecosystem will create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.


Biennial participants include;



Aformal Academy & ARK.WORLD

Jamie Allen

Can Altay

Ersin Altın, Burçak Özlüdil, Augustus Wendell, Amy K. Hoover

Burak Arıkan

ARK.AMSTERDAM (Roosje Klap & Pauline Le Pape)

Arvid & Marie


Kerim Bayer

Merve Bedir

Broomberg & Chanarin

Cihad Caner

Ali Murat Cengiz

Taeyoon Choi

Lorenzo Cirrincione, Jennifer Teets, Lorena Ancona


Commonplace Studio, Jesse Howard and Tim Knapen

Danilo Correale

Cansu Cürgen & Avşar Gürpınar

Aslı Çiçek

Çukurcuma Okuma Kulübü / Reading Club

Amandine David

Demystification Committee

DESIS Felsefe Konuşmaları

Design Displacement Group

Theo Deutinger

Meeus van Dis

Disarming Design from Palestine

Bogomir Doringer


Eat Art Collective

ECAL x MacGuffin

Ecole Mondiale

Noortje van Eekelen

Lukas Engelhardt


Fictional Journal Collective

Annika Frye 

Alix Gallet

Gerçeklik Araştırma Grubu, Tasarım Laboratuvarı, Koç Üniversitesi

Teis De Greve

Gamze Gündüz, Güher Tan, Tangör Tan

Gökçe Gürçay

Ineke Hans

Lisa Hartje Moura, Pascal Rousseau, Noam Toran

Adam Harvey & Anastasia Kubrak

Nelly Ben Hayoun

Mark Henning

Esmé Hofman

Bora Hong

Nur Horsanalı

Housing the Human: Artem Kitaev (KOSMOS Architects), Mae-Ling Lokko, Simone C Niquille, Lucia Tahan, Dasha Tsapenko

Human Rights Foundation

Alexandre Humbert

Ils Huygens (Z33)

So Kanno

Andrea Karch

Navine G. Khan-Dossos

Roosje Klap

Rauf Kösemen

Ebru Kurbak

Matylda Krzykowski

Naho Kubota

Onkar Kular

LAB OF LABs: Professor Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, Visiting Assistant Professor Andreas Treske, Chair Department of Communication and Design, I. D. Bilkent University, Dr. Faculty Member, PhD Simge Hough, Bilgi University, Jamie Allen, Ege Berensel, Ebru Kurbak


Peter Lang

Legrand Jäger


Mae-ling Lokko, Nana Ofori-Atta Ayim, Selassie Ataditka, Gustavo Crembil

Farzin Lotfi-Jam & Mark Wasiuta

LUCA School of Arts

Pedro Neves Marques

Margarida Mendes

Alexandra Midal

Carlos Monleón

Gökhan Mura

Martina Muzi


New South

Camilo Oliveira

ONAGÖRE (Okay Karadayılar & Ali Taptık)

Şevket Pamuk

Parasitic Okuma Kulübü / Reading Club

Thomas Pausz

Ana Peñalba

Juliette Pépin

Hannah Perner-Wilson

Shailoh Philips

Mary Ponomareva

Irene Posch

Possible Bodies Collective


Alice Rawsthorn

Livia Rezende

Ottonie Von Roeder

João Roxo

Emelie Röndahl

Mika Satomi

Helga Schmid


Judith Seng

Fahmy Shahin



Chick Strand

Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, Pietro Leoni)

Studio Makkink & Bey


Jenna Sutela

Selim Süme

Aslıhan Şenel

Gülsün Tanyeli

Tattfoo Studio

Jennifer Teets & Lorenzo Cirrincione

Sera Tolgay

Sissel Marie Tonn

Joris Van Tubergen

Dr. Ahmet Uhri  

Janna Ullrich


University of the Underground

Henriëtte Waal (LUMA) & Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

Lukas Wegwerth

Nina Wiesnagrotzki

Pınar Yoldaş

İpek Yürekli

Peter Zin


Taking place since 2012, Istanbul Design Biennial aims to bring together a diverse cross section of design ideas once every two years, exploring a wide range of fields concerning design. Seeding ideas and fostering dialogue and intersections within the creative and academic community, the biennial operates on a network of national and international collaborations with cultural agents, institutions, universities and companies. Using the city as a dynamic space for projects, actions and interventions, the biennial tackles global design problems, brings the notion of design into scrutiny, stimulates critical debate, foregrounds underexplored or overlooked aspects of society and prompts further investigation into and exchange about emerging conditions of the world. In addition to its biennial exhibition and various activities, Istanbul Design Biennial seeks to ensure a long, deep and interdisciplinary conversation that will help rethink the question of design by multiplying the number of voices and assembling an inspirational design archive. Committed to design as a tool for understanding its complex role in today’s society, the biennial as a progressive discussion platform is in permanent transformation.

Istanbul Design Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).


Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) is a non-profit cultural institution that was founded in 1973. The general objectives of the Foundation are: to make Istanbul one of the world’s foremost capitals of culture and the arts; to create continuous interaction between national and universal values and traditional and contemporary values via culture and the arts; and to contribute actively to the development of cultural policies.

IKSV was organising a single Istanbul Festival in the 70s, a festival that presented examples of different cultural and artistic disciplines. Over time, groups of events from different disciplines evolved into distinct festivals and biennials. Today IKSV organises the Istanbul Festivals of Music, Film, Theatre and Jazz, as well as the Istanbul Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, autumn film week Filmekimi and one-off events throughout the year. The Foundation hosts cultural and artistic events at its performance venue Salon, located at the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building. IKSV also organises the Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia and coordinates an artist residency programme at Cité International des Arts, France. Furthermore, IKSV conducts studies and drafts reports with the aim of contributing to cultural policy development.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS ChairmanBülent Eczacıbaşı

Vice ChairmenAhmet Kocabıyık
Prof. Dr. Münir Ekonomi

MembersNuri Çolakoğlu
Hayri Çulhacı
Ahmet Misbah Demircan
Oya Eczacıbaşı
Tayfun İndirkaş
Prof. Yekta Kara
Ergun Özen
Ethem Sancak
Oya Ünlü Kızıl

Corporate Identity AdvisorBülent Erkmen

Legal AdvisorAv. Sadife Karataş Kural

Administrative Affairs AdvisorÇağrı Köseyener
EXECUTIVE BOARD ChairmanBülent Eczacıbaşı

MembersAhmet Kocabıyık
Prof. Dr. Münir Ekonomi
AUDITORS Fatma Okan (Borusan Holding AŞ)
Sibel Yazıcı Kesler (Arçelik AŞ)
MANAGEMENT General DirectorGörgün Taner

Head of Finance and AdministrationAhmet Balta

Deputy Director GeneralDr. Yeşim Gürer Oymak

Human Resources and Administration DirectorSemin Aksoy

Marketing Directorİrem Akev Uluç

Sales and Business Development DirectorDilan Beyhan

Sponsorship Programme DirectorYasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu

Media Relations DirectorAyşe Bulutgil

Corporate Identity and Publications DirectorDidem Ermiş Sezer

İKSV Studio DirectorSelçuk Metin

Istanbul Music Festival DirectorEfruz Çakırkaya

Istanbul Film Festival DirectorKerem Ayan

Istanbul Biennial and İKSV Contemporary Art Projects DirectorBige Örer

Istanbul Theatre Festival DirectorDr. Leman Yılmaz

Istanbul Jazz Festival DirectorHarun İzer

Istanbul Design Biennial DirectorDeniz Ova

Salon İKSV DirectorDeniz Kuzuoğlu

Cultural Policy Studies DirectorÖzlem Ece

Project ManagerElif Obdan Gürkan

Assistant to General Director Nilay Kartal
Hashim Sarkis
Deyan Sudjic
Alexander Von Vegesack
Mark Wigley

Editorial CoordinatorErim Şerifoğlu

EditorMerve Evirgen

Prepress Graphic DesignerFerhat Balamir

Graphic DesignersEsra Kılıç
Ayşe Ezgi Yıldız
Elif Çiftçioğlu

WebmasterSezen Özgür
İKSV STUDIO DirectorSelçuk Metin

AssistantsEbru Gümrükçüoğlu
Kamil Kulaksız
SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME DirectorYasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu

Assistant DirectorZeynep Pekgöz

ManagerZeynep Karaman

CoordinatorsYeşim Birhekimoğlu

AssistantZeynep Bilgihan

Membership Programme CoordinatorsYıldız Lale Yıldırım
Gülce Şahin

Sales Operations CoordinatorNeva Abrar

Sales and Business Development CoordinatorHamdi Sarıoğlu

Sales Operations AssociateItır Sevig

Operation AssociateIşıl Öztürk

Sales Operations AssistantsCanan Alper
Begüm Çavuşoğlu
Harun Köktürk
Erim Pala
Yeliz Vural
FINANCE ManagersAhmet Buruk (Budget and Accounting)
Başak Sucu Yıldız (Finance)

Accounting and Finance Operations AssociateDeniz Yılmaz

Accounting and Reporting AssociateKadir Altoprak

AssistantsÇiğdem Arslan
Gözde Yılmaz

Human Resources SpecialistEren Ertekin

Human Resources AssistantEkin Kayhan

Building Administration and Security ManagerErsin Kılıçkan

System AdministratorKadir Ayyıldız

Information Technology AssistantTahsin Okan Erdem

Reception OfficerDilara Çetin

Warehouse OfficersMuzaffer Sayan
Şerif Kocaman
Sercan Dericioğlu

ServicesÖzden Atukeren
Aşkın Bircan
Aydın Kaya
Hayrullah Nişancı
Müzeyyen Öztürk

AssistantBurak Akgün
MARKETING Directorİrem Akev Uluç

Marketing Communication CoordinatorCansu Aşkın

Creative Services CoordinatorMeriç Yirmili

Field Operations CoordinatorSezer Kari

Digital Media CoordinatorBahar Helvacıoğlu

Social Media AssistantEce Kartal

CRM CoordinatorÖzge Genç
PRODUCTION Production ManagerErdal Hamamcı

AssociateBaşat Karakaş

AssistantAli Uluç Kutal
Mehmet Camadan
Oğuz Öztosun

AssistantsÇağla Gönül
Selin Gül
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Head of Finance and AdministrationAhmet Balta

Exhibition and Project ManagerMerve Yücel

Communication and Operations CoordinatorBahar Türkay

Fundraising CoordinatorEzgi Yılmaz

Editorial CoordinatorCan Koçak

Venue CoordinatorsMelodi Gülbaba
Boran Güngör
Gamze Öztürk
Başak Tuna

Production AssistantBaşak Tuna

Operations AssistantEylül Şenses

Transport AssistantBaşak Zorlu

AssistantSinem Ören

Guided ToursMine Küçük

Guided and Thematic Tours CoordinatorPelin Kuş

Exhibition Attendants CoordinatorEmre Seymenoğlu

Hospitality AssociateMurat Özçaylak

Purchasing AssociateNihat Karakaya

Exhibition GuidesBeril Açıkgöz
Nazlıcan Akcı
Ezgi Su Ayak
Neva Çöğendez
Ada Dileksiz
Burcu Fidan
Merve Gürşen
Rahime İsmetova
Gizem Kaygusuz
Beyza Makuloğlu
Cemre Özkan
Hazal Paftalı
Ali Güney Yakar
Sude Yedikardeş

Installation AssistantsNisan İpek Akkuzu
Tilbe Yaren Dolu
Elif Engin
Ozan Er
Eylül Deniz Ergun
Suzi Erit
Damla Ertem
Melodi Esgin
Hakan Ilıkoba
Mustafa Sina Karaoğlu
Lalin Mercan
Selen Sarıel
Pınar Şenol
Mine Temuralay
Selin Ünlü
Hülya Yavaş

Exhibition AttendantsŞehbal Sezen Acarlı
Tüten Akay
Gizay Akdoğan
Naime Akgün
Çağla Akıncı
Fırat Akışık
Ali Murat Akozan
Kadir Emrah Aktop
Mustafa Can Tözün Atmaca
Melike Ayaz
Ece Aydoğan
Damla Ayyıldız
Büşra Balaban
Gülin Göksu Başaran
Cenk Beharti
Eylül Bektur
Elif Bıkmaz
Barış Bilgen
Ece Dilan Bozkurt
Berk Boztaş
Tansu Bulut
Arzu Büyükuğur
Egemen Candan
Yağmur Çakıroğlu
Melis Çamlıoğlu
Yaren Çay
Buse Çelik
Azime Ayşenur Çelimli
Aziz Çirci
Bilge Çubukçu
Büşra Dağlar
Esra Demirel
Zeynep Dirlik
Nil Döğerlioğlu
Zeynep Duman
Açelya Dursun
Gülşah Dürmüş
Barış Sami Ekşioğlu
Büşra Emir
Ozan Er
Burcu Erdem
Pınarnaz Eren
Gizem Bengisu Erenler
Pakizenur Es
Melodi Esgin
Mehmet Ali Gasseloğlu
Yusuf Bora Gökçeler
Alper Efe Gökmen
Ege Berk Gönül
Ayça Günay
Esra Gündoğdu
Hakan Ilıkoba
Mete İçenler
Tuana İnhan
Seda Kara
Mustafa Sina Karaoğlu
Damla Karıştıranlıoğulları
Gülay Kaya
Özüm Kaygısız
Elif Cansu Kayıkcı
İrem Kılıç
Öznur Kılıç
Orkun Kıvanç
Sena Kekoz
Cemre Köse
Elif Nesrin Kurt
Çağla Kuşçu
Aslı Küçüksezer
Ezgi Betül Marangoz
Tuğba Menşur
Ece Metin
Aslı Güliz Orakçı
Begüm Özay
Sena Özgürcan
Ozan Özkan
Muhammed Onur Öztürk
Volkan Parlak
Şeyma Sağlam
Emel Gizem Selvi
Zeynep Sinan
Hande Solak
Gizem Sütemen
İpek Şengül
Dilucan Eylül Şenyaylar
Semih Topal
Sıtkı Semih Tut
Şizen Türkal
Başak Tüsüz
Irmak Uyan
Sena Nur Uysak
Aygül Yalçın
Ayşe Hülya Yazıcıoğlu
Aydan Yıldızhan
Melis Yılmaz
Aslı Yolcu
Merve Seray Zümrüt

Technical TeamErdoğan Morgül
İzzet Taş
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES System AdministratorKadir Ayyıldız

Information Technologies AssistantTahsin Okan Erdem

Research AssistantFazilet Mıstıkoğlu

Project AssistantValeri Boğosyan
SALON İKSV DirectorDeniz Kuzuoğlu

Operations AssociateMerve Kavas

Production ManagerUfuk Şakar
Sound EngineerSinan Özçelik
Lighting EngineerEfe Sümer

Associate Curator Vera Sacchetti

Assistant Curator Nadine Botha

Visual Identity Offshore Studio
Exhibition Design Aslı Çiçek
Lukas Wegwerth
Selva Gürdoğan
Nikolaus Hirsch
Justin McGuirk
Meriç Öner
MEDIA RELATIONS DirectorAyşe Bulutgil

Assistant DirectorAyşen Ergene

Coordinators Berk Çakır
Ayşe Zeynep Güldiken
Ayşen Gürkan
Zeynep Topaloğlu

AssociateAyşegül Öneren (International Media)

AssistantDerya Bozcuk (International Media)

Visual Archive EditorCoşku Atalay

Visual Archive AssistantOzan Şahin

Biennial Reporter Tuğçe Karataş

Archive Photos Kayhan Kaygusuz

Archive Videos Hamit Çakır


Design Biennial Sponsor

İKSV Founding Sponsor

İKSV Official Sponsors

Theme Sponsors

Workshop Sponsor

Panel Sponsor

Design Walks Sponsor

Special Project Sponsor

Contributing Corporations

Insurance Sponsor

Service Sponsors

Contributing Institutions

Venue Supporters

Press Sponsors

TV Sponsors

Magazine Sponsors

Radio Sponsors

We acknowledge their kind support towards the promotion of Istanbul Design Biennial.


T: +90 212 334 07 00


To receive professional, media or academic accreditation for the opening programme of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, A School of Schools: Orientation on 20-21 September 2018, please submit the online form no later than 14 September 2018. Accredited guests will receive an invitation via e-mail prior to the opening. Personal QR codes on the invitation need to be presented at the venues on the preview days.

Media members are encouraged to contact İKSV Media Relations team at, while professionals and academics can contact Istanbul Design Biennial at for further inquiries.


T: +90 212 334 07 00
Funda Küçükyılmaz at Flint Istanbul:
Emily Saunders at Flint London: