Cafer Bozkurt was born in Istanbul in 1945 and received his architectural degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1968. Since 1971 he has run his own firm Cafer Bozkurt Architecture. The firm has worked on residential projects, resorts, recreational architecture, and cultural and educational facilities.
Cafer Bozkurt Architecture. "Profile: Bio." Accessed August 12, 2013.
The opera house opened in 1927 but, as the stage facilities were never completed, the building was used as a cinema. At the time of preservation it was dilapidated, with shop signs on the facades and a tailor’s atelier complete with new mezzanine in the ballroom. The building is unique in its Western detailing and the renovations preserved and revealed these original features. The building now meets its original purpose with the unfinished backstage structure and side stages built in contemporary glass and steel to separate them visually from the existing architecture. It has revived interest in classical performing arts and is now a prominent landmark in Kadiköy.