Inspirational Column Capitals

TURNED INTO A BOOK YEARS AFTER IT WAS WRITTEN, AGHA KHAN AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT TURGUT CANSEVERö’S DOCTORAL DISSERTATION IS READY AND WAITING TO INSPIRE ART HISTORY BUFFS.

The more closely we examine the details of a work of art, the deeper our knowledge of it as a whole. Turgut Cansever was a three-time winner of the Agha Khan Architecture Award, one of the most prestigious in its field. Now the architect’s doctoral dissertation on Selcuk and Ottoman column capitals, which reflects his perfectionist attention to detail, has been turned into a book, In Pursuit of Endless Space. We wanted to take the occasion to remember Cansever, who died in 2009.

WHO IS TURGUT CANSEVER?
Born in Antalya in 1920, Turgut Cansever graduated from the Department of Architecture of the Istanbul State Academy of the Fine Arts in 1946. Cansever, who won the coveted Agha Khan Architecture Award three times - twice in 1980 for the Turkish Historical Society building in Ankara and the Ertegün House in Bodrum, and again in 1992 for the Demir Tourism Complex - was also a recipient of the Ministry of Culture’s Grand Prize for Culture and Art in 2005, the Turkish Parliament’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and the Presidential Grand Prize for Culture and Art in 2008.