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Selim Vural, Architect AIA

Selim Vural is a Turkish-American architect who has lived in New York since 1993 when he came to pursue a master's degree in architecture. Prior to his immigration, he earned his undergraduate degree from Istanbul's renowned Mimar Sinan Academy and worked alongside his father, Oral Vural, a prominent Turkish architect.

Upon his arrival in New York, Selim worked at the 1994 Woodstock Music Festival, where he developed the only live internet tent on the festival site, among tech giants like Apple, Phillips, and IBM. His tent was an iconic success and is considered the first of its kind in the world.

Despite receiving technology job offers after Woodstock, Selim chose to follow his passion for architecture. He studied at Pratt Institute, earning his master's degree in 1996. After gaining experience at several prominent firms, including Eisenman Architects, SOM, and Swanke Hayden Connell, he founded Studio Vural in 2009. Initially focusing on hospitality projects, Selim later shifted his practice to residential and commercial work, completing numerous projects ranging from townhouses and multi-family buildings to mixed-use developments, many of which have received global recognition.

Selim's work is known for its bold visual statements and advanced sustainable features. His designs, such as the Dune House, Lilly, Warren Street Townhouse, and Gezi Park Monument, have been globally published for their creative originality.

Selim resides in Brooklyn with his wife and son. He enjoys birding, gardening, fishing, archery, cooking, and above all, spending quality time with his family.


Good leaders leave space for their team to shine and take charge. Here is our outstanding team:

Kerry Robertson
Creative Director

Kerry brings her extensive experience in art direction from Conde Nast Traveler and Oprah Magazines, guiding all marketing and visual representation strategies at Studio Vural. She has a keen eye on font, color, texture and composition which makes us go to her for interior design as well. 

Vandana Ranjan
Management & Marketing

Vandana is our marketing director and financial coordinator who ensures we get paid. A librarian by training and previous experience in real estate makes her a special asset to our firm.

She loves Indian Classical music and teaches us about Bhagavad Gita at times. Vandana hates pets so no office pet so far.

Rima Askin
Project Architect

Rima is our veteran designer and project manager working with Studio Vural since 2015. She is well-versed both in interiors and sustainability with a Master's degree from Pratt Institute in NY. Rima loves cats and hates cold weather which makes her the perfect candidate for remote working. 

Ceren Kalayci
Junior Architect

Ceren is our full-time remote staff working from Istanbul, Turkey. She graduated from MEF University and applied for an internship at Studio Vural. Her talent and seamless adaptation to our work flow makes her a valuable asset.

Ayca Yildirim

Ayca is from MEF University in Istanbul doing her internship in our office for summer 2022. She is hard working, talented and contagiously upbeat. We are training her on all aspects of interior design projects and soon she will work on detailing and construction drawings. She loves to cook, another incentive for a kitchen in our office.

Dom Wipas
Rendering specialist

Dom is our master renderer and visual representation expert with a keen eye on materials, lighting, perspective, textures and all what makes architectural renderings communicative and impressive.


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