Remembering Yavuz Sezer

We are deeply sorrowed by the untimely loss of Yavuz Sezer (born 1979), an accomplished historian of Ottoman architecture, a colleague, alumnus and dearest of friends. He passed away on Wednesday, March 24th due to complications related to COVID-19.

Yavuz Sezer received his BA degree in 2002, followed by an MA in 2005, both from the History Department, Boğaziçi University. He completed his studies in the M.A. program with the thesis “The Perception of Ottoman Traditional Domestic Architecture as a Category of Historic Heritage and a Source of Inspiration for Architectural Practice (1909-1931)”. He continued his studies at the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture program at MIT, where he obtained a PhD in 2016 with an outstanding dissertation, “The Architecture of Bibliophilia: Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Libraries.”

Yavuz is the author of “Bir Türk Âşiyânı Yapmak: Yirminci Yüzyıl Başlarında Geleneksel Osmanlı Evinin Tarihî Miras ve Mimari Model Olarak Algılanışı”, in Ali Cengizkan (ed.) Mimar Kemalettin ve Çağı; Mimarlık / Toplumsal Yaşam / Politika (Ankara, 2009): 103-116, and “Hungarian Orientalism, Turanism, and Karoly Kos’s Sztambul (1918)”, published in Centropa: A Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts 7(2007): 136-52. He was preparing his dissertation for publication.


Yavuz Sezer taught at the Department of Architecture at Bilgi University, Istanbul. 

Yavuz was passionately attached to Istanbul, its streets, buildings, archives and libraries. We will remember him as one of the most promising historians of architecture of the younger generation, and as a generous and compassionate scholar with the warmest of smiles.