B-KD (Büro Koray Duman) is a research-driven architecture and design studio based in New York City and Istanbul. We believe that architecture should be functional and unexpected; engaging and poetic; and experimental and affordable. Combining innovative design solutions with socially conscious ideals, we aim to redefine the relationship between contemporary architecture and the complexity of urban intervention. We pride ourselves on promoting awareness of cultural diversity through the participation of urban communities while navigating intricate spatial constraints to activate underutilized urban environments.
B-KD works across all typologies and scales. We are developing a transcendent vision of architecture. If it challenges us, we’re on board.
We have created spaces for artist Richard Prince, American Society for Muslim Advancement, Council for Fashion Designers of America and Design Within Reach. Our work has been featured in publications like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Surface Magazine, Cultured Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Record and Dwell.
In 2017, Architizer honored B-KD as Emerging Firm of the Year for ‘its forward-thinking vision for the role of the architect and the desire to disrupt the stigma of the practice’. We received the 2017 Design Award of Excellence by Society of American Registered Architects, 2015 Best of the Year Award by Architect’s Newspaper and HIP Award at NeoCon 2014.
In 2016, we were selected for the NYC Department of Design & Construction’s DCE (Design and Construction Excellence 2.0) program.
B-KD is an LGBTQ-owned company. The studio was established in 2012 by Koray Duman and has a team of architects that represent a diverse mix of nationalities and experiences from around the world.
At Buro, we openly welcome internship inquiries from talented, enthusiastic and driven individuals.
At Buro, we collaborate, work hard, experiment, listen and share. If you’re interested in joining us, please send us your CV and Portfolio (attachments should be no larger than 10MB). No online portfolios or personal websites.
At Buro, we don’t believe in unpaid internships, work done is work rewarded. Internships last a minimum of 3 months, and visas are required for all non-US residents
Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP, is originally from Turkey where he earned a BArch from Middle Eastern Technical University. Koray furthered his studies at UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design with a Master’s degree in Architecture. He previously worked as the lead architect on several west coast museum projects. After co-founding Sayigh Duman Architects in 2009, he established B-KD in 2012. Koray is the chair of New Practice Committee at AIA NY, a board member of the Clemente Center, on the advisory board of American Society for Muslim Advancement and ProtoCinema and a member of Leadership Council at Van Alen Institute.
In collaboration with these organizations, Koray invests in the social, cultural and ecological challenges of our built environment and explores innovative strategies in architectural practice, in response. He is an adjunct professor at Pratt Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design. He has previously taught at New School and RPI. He is a registered architect in New York State and Turkey.