Yavuz Sezer Scholarship in Architectural and Urban History
Starting in the 2021-22 academic year the History Department at Boğaziçi University will start offering a graduate student scholarship honoring the memory of our colleague and alumnus, the late Yavuz Sezer (1979-2021). The recipient of the scholarship will be determined by a department-based committee among this year’s MA and PhD applicants specializing in architectural and urban history. This will be a merit-based, two-year scholarship open to all incoming graduate students. The recipient will receive a monthly stipend of 1000 Turkish liras for 9 months every year.
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 Sezer taught at the Department of Architecture at Bilgi University, Istanbul.
Sezer 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.
Sezer was an accomplished historian of Ottoman architecture who was passionately attached to Istanbul, its streets, buildings, archives and libraries. He passed away on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 due to complications related to COVID-19. We will remember him as one of the most promising historians of architecture of the younger generation, and as a generous and compassionate scholar.