Continuing the theme of ‘firsts’ this note features Mimar Kemaleddin (1870-1927) considered to be the first ‘national’ architect of the Turkish Republic.

Continuing the theme of ‘firsts’ this note features Mimar Kemaleddin (1870-1927) considered to be the first ‘national’ architect of the Turkish Republic.

He initially trained as an engineer in Istanbul then became assistant to a German architect lecturing in Istanbul University and this patron sent him to Berlin to study architecture. 

He returned to Istanbul in 1900 and designed and built railway stations in Thessaloniki, Sofia (then within the Ottoman Empire) and Edirne.

He became interested in restoration work and went to Jerusalem to restore a famous mosque.

At the end of his life he was busy creating buildings for the new capital Ankara when he died of a stroke.

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