ARCHITECT KEMALEDDIN: A LIFE AT ONE OF HISTORY'S TURNING POINTS (1870-1927)
 
13 July 1927 | Desining And Building | Restorer Wıth Principles | Teaching and Organizing | Thinking and Writing | Finishing
ARCHITECT KEMALEDDIN: A LIFE AT ONE OF HISTORY'S TURNING POINTS (1870-1927)
The Chamber of Architects created a new category in the 2007 International Architectural Awards. The first architect in this new category aimed at commemorating the work of important Turkish architects who are no longer living with various events over the course of a year is Architect Kemaleddin. Among these events is the exhibition Architect Kemaleddin: A Life at a Turning Point of History. The Museum of Architecture has given space to this exhibition, the product of meticulous research, in its pages for the purpose of reaching a wider audience. Architect Kemaleddin: A Life at a Turning Point of History was prepared by Prof. Dr. Afife Batur. The exhibition consists of two main sections. The first section is an outline of the life and works of Architect Kemaleddin, and the second section contains architectural readings examining the architecture of Kemaleddin according to building typology. The aim of the exhibition is to show his identity, open to different readings on subjects ranging from the design of Architect Kemaleddin to his thought production, and his organisational works to his photographic documentation, as well as to introduce this important architect in the history of Turkish architecture to people outside the architectural environment. The Museum of Architecture has previously presented to visitors a large section of the archive of Vedad Tek, including his notebooks. Thus the names of two important architects of the same era with a common understanding of architecture are commemorated side by side in our museum; Architect Kemaleddin and Vedad Tek. Our Vedad Tekexhibition includes unique documents, presents documents which emphasise important social and political questions relating to the transition era from empire to republic and points such as the architect as human being, the architectural design process and so on and leaves the visitors to make their own evaluations of these documents that can be read in a variety of ways. The Architect Kemaleddin exhibition is based on the reading of the curator of the exhibition. On this occasion, we are presented with the evaluations of an esteemed researcher of Turkey, Afife Batur, on Architect Kemaleddin. To remain in keeping with the unique concept of the exhibition, we convey the panels of the exhibition as they appear. It is our intention to present new exhibitions with documents relating to Architect Kemaleddin’s life, architectural process and its turning points.
Architect Kemaleddin Comittee Commemoration: Afife Batur, Ali Cengizkan, N. Müge Cengizkan, Derin İnan, Bülend Tuna, Yıldırım Yavuz
13 July 1927

On 12th July 1927, he died of a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 57 in the room he was staying in on the construction site of the Ankara Palace. His mortal remains were sent to Istanbul in a privately allocated car. In spite of his wish to be interred in the Tomb of Mimar Sinan next to Architect Talat Bey, whom he... more...
Desining And Building

Whilst still a student at the Hendese-i Mulkıye (State School of Engineering) where he commenced his studies in 1887 he received the Medal for Industry. He must have been hardworking and creative. These personal attributes may have been related to his greater interest in the lessons of Prof. Jasmund on architecture ... more...
Restorer Wıth Principles

On 27 Rebi-ül ahir 1327/18th May 1909, he was appointed head of architecture at the Imperial Ministry of Foundations.
The possibility of designing and bringing to fruition new building projects is an irresistible passion for an architect, but running maintenance and restoration works on historical buildings, th...
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Teaching and Organizing

On graduation from the Hendese-i Mulkiye he was appointed to the teaching staff of Technology and Architecture at the same school and as Prof. Jasmund’s assistant. On his return from Germany where he went to gain knowledge and experience he took up his post at the Hendese-i Mulkiye again. And from that point on he c... more...
Thinking and Writing

The writing of Turkish architecture and the history of architecture is a field that opened up late and has not yet accumulated enough strength. Even today it does not appear to have reached the necessary level.
Kemaleddin Bey is an unrivalled pioneer on this subject.
His thoughts on living and profession...
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Finishing

Regrettably Kemalettin Bey 's dazzling career crowned by his restoration of the Kubbet-us Sahra in Jerusalem and the RIBA award he won for it did not have a happy ending. The cool stance developing towards the end of the 1920s on the National Architecture comprising Ottoman forms he represented in Ankara, the city h... more...
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