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Dissemination of Architectural Culture: A View on Turkish Architects’ Journeys in the Pre-Digital Age


Ceren Hamiloglu

Supervised by

Ahsen Özsoy

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June 21, 2023

An architect is an intellectual person who develops a professional architectural identity and approach through an accumulation of their personal experiences, education and knowledge. Perhaps the most pivotal part in an architect’s ‘formation journey’ is the initial years they start constructing their architectural selfhood. The initial years in which a person “becomes” an architect, are signified by the mobility of young architects, ideas and encounters, through which an architecture culture forms and disseminates. The dissemination of ideas is facilitated through institutions, visual, verbal and textual representations. Traveling, with its ability to embody all of these components appears to be a fruitful practice through which architecture culture can be analyzed. During the twentieth century, new encounters provided a ground from which Turkish-speaking architects established a firmer professional position and disseminated new implementations in the architecture field. The purpose of this research is to understand how Turkish-speaking architects’ journeys in the pre-digital age, contributed to the period’s architectural discourse in Turkey. Therefore, the ways in which architects traveled, translated and disseminated their travel experiences were studied and evaluated through content analysis.

This paper will be presented at the TACK Conference in the paper session ACTORS, 21 June 2023 between 09:30 – 12:00 (CEST) at ETH Zürich (Auditorium HPV G5).

Ceren Hamiloglu holds a B.Arch from Bilgi University, an MA Architectural History from the Bartlett School of Architecture and is currently a PhD student in Architecture in Istanbul Technical University. Since 2016, she has been working as a research assistant and lecturer in architectural history, theory and design.

Prof. Dr. Ahsen Özsoy graduated from ITU Faculty of Architecture, where she continued her academic career until 2020. She has publications on housing quality; earthquake, women’s role in housing; creativity and university, post-occupancy evaluation, and design participation. She has received national architectural awards.