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.
"Turkish Architecture Today!” In Architecture is Life, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2013.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage excellence in architecture and other forms of intervention in the built environment of societies with a Muslim presence. The Award is given every three years and recognizes all types of building projects that affect today's built environment. Smaller projects are given equal consideration as large-scale buildings. Richly illustrated and with explanatory texts, Architecture is Life, the monograph for the 2013 cycle, presents the 15 shortlisted and the 5 Award recipients. The 2013 cycle's topic is centered around the relationship between life and architecture. Numerous essays examine how architecture interacts with the life of people who inhabit it.
Source: Lars Muller Publishers and Aga Khan Award for Architecture