Medine Altiok (*1974) is a german–turkish Architect, graduated from the AA London (2000). She has taught at ETH Zurich (2005–10), AA London (2011–15) and BILGI Istanbul (2016–17). She is the founder of MITTELMEERLAND.ORG an initiative dealing with the urban transformation in the Mediterranean territory.

"In my work I aim for contextual and poetic architecture. As a person with a diverse cultural background, I search for architectural tasks that deal with cultural, demographic, economic and political transformation in society. I believe that living in a city is a cultural and social practice and that every individual contributes to the urban production. In architectural design, the knowledge about different cultures and climates is more than ever important. Therefore, in academic work, I aim for a comparative study of cities and regions as a tool to gain this knowledge."


since 2006 Own Practice

2016–2017 Visiting Professor, BILGI Istanbul
2011–2015 Program Director, AA London
2005–2010 Teaching Design Studios, ETH Zurich
2007–2010 Postgraduate Master, ZHDK Zurich
1998–2013 Work at offices, London/ Berlin/ Zurich
1997–2000 Studies in Architecture, AA London
1993–1997 Studies in Architecture, RWTH Aachen
1974 Born in Aachen, Germany

Guest Critics

2018 Uni Basel, Critical Urbanism
2017 TU Berlin, ULAB
2017 Bilgi Istanbul, Final Juries 2.Year
2015 Angewandte Wien, Studio Baerbel Mueller
2015 Accademia Mendrisio, Studio Go Hasegawa
2014 AA London, Open Juries
2013 Bartlett London, Studio Jonathan Kendall
2012 EPFL Lausanne, Studio Harry Gugger
2012 ZHDK Zurich, Studio Elisabeth Blum

Research Projects

since 2017 Rural Land
since 2015 Stadtfabrik with EM2N
since 2006 Mittelmeerland


ongoing Book, Mittelmeerland, Lars Müller Publisher
ongoing Book, EM2N: Stadtfabrik, Park Books
2016 Special Issue Female Architects, Archithese
2015 Article, Narrative Maps, Abitare 546
2012 Article, Mapping the Mediterranean, Abitare
2011 Book, Lehre und Typus, Winterworks
2011 Article, Poetic Sciences, Man and Space Croatia


2018 Mittelmeerland Travel Exhibition in Tangier/Algiers/Alexandria/Zagreb/Izmir
2017 Mittelmeerland Salon de Recherche, AA London
2016 Egyptian Pavilion, Venice Biennale ’16
2015 Architektur 0.15: Jung, Weiblich, Zürich
2013 Swiss Art Awards, Basel
2008 Atlas of the Mediterranean, Salzburg
2007 Swiss Art Awards, Basel
2007 Living in the Orient, EAC Casablanca
2000 Presidents Medals, RIBA London
2000 Selected Projects Reviews, AA London


2017 Narrative Mapping, Ulab TU Berlin
2016 Poetic Sciences, University Hannover
2015 Alte Positionen Neu!, BDA Köln
2015 Living in the City, PBSA Dusseldorf
2015 Oceanland, KU Leuven Sint-Lucas Brussels
2015 Narrative Mapping, Die Angewandte Wien
2015 Mittelmeerland, StudioX Istanbul
2015 Mittelmeerland, StudioX Amman
2013 Mittelmeerland, Bartlett London
2013 Mittelmeerland, Bilgi University
2013 Mittelmeerland, Alexandria University
2012 Mittelmeerland, AUB Beirut
2011 Urban Detached Houses, Design2Context
2008 Positionen, BDA Köln
2007 Housing Profiles Istanbul, ETH Zurich