Fırat Erdim is an artist, designer, and educator. His drawings and constructions have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions at Yellow Door Gallery (IA), Spartanburg Art Museum (SC), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen), Roy Boyd Gallery (Chicago), Elmhurst Art Museum (IL), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (MI), the Ruffin Gallery at the University of Virginia, the American Academy in Rome, The Windor (Madrid, Spain), as well as 49A and Maquis Projects in İzmir, Turkey.
He has contributed to architectural projects at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, D’AquinoMonaco, and Diane Lewis Architects. From 2012 to 2013, Fırat was the co-founder and director of Flash Atölye, an experimental project space for art and architecture, situated inside a “pasaj” in İzmir. His work has been supported by residencies and fellowships at I-Park (CT), Babayan Culture House (Cappadocia, Turkey), Vermont Studio Center, the Bernheim Aboretum and Research Forest (KY), and with a research grant from the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities at Iowa State University. Awards include the 2016 Santo Foundation Award for Individual Artists, and the 2014 Founders Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome.
Fırat holds a B.Arch. Degree from the Cooper Union (2001), and a M.Arch. Degree from the University of Virginia (2007). As an educator, he has taught courses in architecture and drawing at the University of Virginia; Illinois Institute of Technology; Marwen Foundation; İzmir University of Economics, in Turkey; and the IE School of Architecture and Design, in Spain. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow at the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University.