Vedat Tek


École Centrale

Architect (B. 1873, Istanbul – D. 1942 Istanbul). He was born in Istanbul to the governor of Baghdad Province Giritli Sırrı Pasha and poet Leyla Saz. After he attended Mekteb-i Sultani (Galatasaray High School) for two years, he went to Paris (1888). Having studied mathematics at the École Centrale, he attended Académie Julian for studies in painting and he got his further education in architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He attended Prix Rome, which none French people could attend, with a special dispensation given by the French Prime Minister and he received Légion d'honneur there. Upon his return to Istanbul, he was appointed to architects office of municipality (1899). He became the manager of Heyet -i Fenniye (T.N. Science Board) during the mayoralty of Cemil Topuzlu. In 1905 he was assigned as the architect of Ministry of Post and Telegraph (1905). Later, Sultan Mehmet V (Reşat) appointed him chief court architect after the second constitution (1908). He served awhile as the chief architect of the Engineering Corps at the Ministry of War during the World War I by the order of Enver Pasha. He worked at Ankara after the Proclamation of the Republic. He was the architect of various important buildings like Gazi Mansion (1924), Second Turkish Grand National Assembly Building (1924) and of first design of Ankara Palas. In 1925 he went to Istanbul and continued his projects there.

He was the one of the foremost agents of the first Turkish National Architecture Movement along with Mimar Kemaleddin Bey and he formed the stylistic and theoretical bases of that movement. Defter-i Hakani(Istanbul Land Registry and Cadastre Building, 1908) in Istanbul and Büyük Postane (T. N. Istanbul Main Post Office Building, 1909) in Sirkeci are the first examples in which he adopted elements taken off the classic Ottoman architecture such as dome arch. He also gave lectures at Sanayii Nefise Mektebi Âlisi (Fine Arts Academy) and Mühendis Mektebi Âlisi (Istanbul Technical University) From time to time, he also wrote articles about architecture and city design. A culture center established in Kastamonu in 2007 was named after him.


Mahmud Paşa Pavilion (Moda / Istanbul, 1896), Zihni Paşa Mosque (Erenköy / Istanbul, 1901), İzmit Clock Tower (İzmit, 1901-02), Kastamonu Government Building (Kastamonu, 1902), Posta ve Telgraf Nezareti Fabrikası (Sirkeci / Istanbul, 1907), Vedat Tek House (Nişantaşı / Istanbul, 1913), Moda Ferry Port (Moda / Kadıköy / Istanbul 1915), Haydarpaşa Ferry Port (Haydarpaşa / Kadıköy / Istanbul, 1915), Tayyare Şehitleri Monument (Fatih / Istanbul, 1916), Municipality Building (Fatih / Istanbul, 1916), Tarsus Belediye Tiyatrosu ve Gazinosu (Tarsus, 1929), Tahir Han (Galata / Istanbul, 1935).



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