Cankaya University, Dep. of Architecture

2017-2018 Spring Semester

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ceren KATİPOĞLU

ARCH 359

Thinking-Reading-Writing on Ottoman Architecture


This pro-seminar course focusing on the aspects of architectural culture, urban forms, uses and representations of spaces in Ottoman Architecture and Ottoman cities. The material presented in this course is drawn from the beginning of the 15th century through the 19th centuries and will focus particularly on the Ottoman architectural examples of Istanbul, Bursa, Edirne and other Ottoman provincial cities.

The students are expected to write a short essay (max. 2 double-spaced pages, and references) for each week, describing and discussing the concept or issue in question each week, basing their essays on a selection of the provided readings for the week.


February 13 Presentation of the course outline, methods, objectives and requirements

February 20 Discussing on the history of the foundation Ottoman empire, historical background, the architecture of early Ottoman and the Byzantine legacy

February 27 Constructing the imperial capital: The urban development of Bursa and the 15th century Istanbul

March 6 Sinan’s architecture and urbanism 1

March 13 Sinan’s architecture and urbanism 2

March 20 Provincial urban centers: the impact of the capital and local traditions / Discussion on the concept of style-canon

March 27 Midterm Exam

April 3 Discussing 16th century architectural historiography

April 10 Discussing the patronage: shifting patterns of patronage and spatiality in the 17th century

April 17 18th century Ottoman architecture – Defining Ottoman Baroque Architecture

April 24 18th century Ottoman architecture – Defining Ottoman Baroque Architecture II

May 1 NO CLASS – Labor and Solidarity Day

May 8 Discussing the paradigms: 19th century Ottoman Architecture

May 15 Review


Weekly submitted essays - 10%, Attendance - 10%, Midterm Exam - 40%, Final Exam – 40%