Han Tümertekin is
a practicing architect based in Istanbul and principal of Mimarlar Tasarim
Danismanlik Ltd., a firm he established in 1986. He previously worked as an
architect in Paris. His work includes residential, commercial and institutional
projects primarily in Turkey, as well as in the Netherlands, Japan, United
Kingdom, France, China, Mongolia and Kenya.
Mr. Tümertekin was trained in architecture at Istanbul
Technical University and completed graduate studies in historic preservation at
the University of Istanbul. In addition to his built work, he has been teaching
architecture since 1992 at universities including Harvard University’s Graduate
School of Design; Istanbul Technical University; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale
de Lausanne; Ecole Speciale d'Architecture, Paris; Yıldız Technical University,
Istanbul; Uludag University, Bursa; and the Ecole d'Architecture in Strasbourg.
He is one of the founders of the graduate programme in architecture at Bilgi
Mr. Tümertekin’s works have been widely published in
international architectural journals, including Domus, Abitare, AV, Oris, Architectural Review,
L’architecture d’Aujourd’hui, the World
Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, and the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. A
monograph of his work was published by Harvard University Press in 2006. Mr.
Tümertekin has received several architectural prizes, including an Aga Khan
Award for Architecture in 2004 for the B2 House in Ayvacık, Turkey. He served
on the 2007 Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and has been a
member of the Award Steering Committee since 2008.
B2 House edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2004.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.