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Artist in Residence: Asli Tusavul

FF&P projects have an inherent relationship to the Arts. Aside from having a diverse team of talented individuals, we have a genuine  interest in the fine arts and are active painters, sketchers, photographers, illustrators and graphic artists. Artist in Residence is a series of posts that will spotlight FF&P’s team members outside of the work they do as architects, designers, office managers, and marketers/communicators. 


Asli Tusavul joined FF&P in 2015 and has been involved with several of the firm’s most recent high profile projects such as the Pershing Square Renew Design Competition and the Santa Monica City Services Building. The latter of which, when built, will be the most eco-friendly municipal building of its kind and will set a standard for building construction (public or private) moving forward. A graduate of SCI-Arc and a licensed architect in Turkey (Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects), Asli was included in Interiors + Sources magazine’s Designers to Watch and has been featured in online architecture and design blogs Dezeen, Designboom, SuckerPunch Daily and Arkitera.

Asli has a deep working appreciation for the fine arts and was recently invited to showcase her work Better as a Color at BoldPas: An Art Takeover in Old Town Pasadena, California. The large scale art installation was comprised of thousands of straws sewn together and strung in rows across a 50-foot pre-fabricated steel frame. It serves as both a commentary on the environmental consequences of plastic straws and how small individual elements form urban spaces. It aims to connect people through coloration and sound. Addressing the issue of vast consumption of straws, this proposal suggests how straws can perform Better as a Color, Better as a Surface, Better as a Corridor and how they might be better at enhancing urban space and experiences.