Beyhan Karahan

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  • Columbia University GSAPP, 1977
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1974


  • Beyhan Karahan & Associates, Architects (BKAA)
  • Karahan/Schwarting Architecture Company

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Beyhan Karahan is a practicing architect and a teacher. As the founder of Beyhan Karahan & Associates Architects she takes the leading role and responsibility for the design of each of the firm’s projects. She is a member of AIA, US Green Building Council and served on the Architecture Planning and Design panel for the New York State Council on the Arts. Recipient of the 2008 AIA New York State Award of Excellence for large residential, AIA New York Chapter Housing Design Award in 2005, Preservation League of New York State Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in 2002 and Special Recognition in Design Award from the Art Commission of the City of New York in 1998, her work has been exhibited at several galleries, and published in the USA and Europe.

Ms. Karahan has a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (1977) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from SUNY at Stony Brook and Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey (1974).

Beyhan Karahan & Associates, Architects (BKAA) is a professional architectural firm combining a high level of expertise with exacting attention to program requirements and design of each individual project.  The art of building and the practicality of the construction process are all considered integral parts of the firm’s commitment to the creation of living environments.

Founded in SoHo, New York City in 1997 by Beyhan Karahan, the firm provides a full range of architectural services including programming, conceptual design, construction documents and construction administration. In addition to numerous new buildings, adaptive re-use and historic preservation of existing structures, BKAA has broad experience in interior design.

Prior to forming BKAA, Beyhan Karahan was a founding partner of Karahan/Schwarting Architecture Company between 1983 and 1997.