Join architectural historian Luca Orlandi for a provocative re-reading of the architectural masterpieces designed by architect Sinan in the Ottoman Empire of the 16th century. We will gain insight into the cultural exchange between East and West through the many works created by the great Ottoman architect in Istanbul and around the region.
In this seminar, we will investigate some of the masterpieces designed by Sinan throughout his career and discuss how his works can be defined as the greatest achievements of the 16th century Classical Ottoman architecture and also how his work created a strong cultural bridge with Western Renaissance architects and artists of his time.
Appointed by Sultan Suleiman as Chief of the Imperial Architects in 1538, Sinan served other sultans, like Selim the Second and Murat the Third and other important dignitaries of the court, including viziers, sultan’s wives or mothers, princes and princesses, among others. For these prestigious clients he designed religious complexes, mosques, staging posts, caravanserais, as well as engineering projects such as roads, bridges and aqueducts. He redefined the cityscape in the capital Istanbul and shaped the landscapes of other towns and centers along the caravan roads of the vast Ottoman Empire.
Led by an expert on Ottoman Architecture and Master Sinan, Luca Orlandi, this interactive seminar will discuss the important role played by architect Sinan to enrich the Ottoman civilization in the 16th century. Tailored to give accurate details and to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased and deep knowledge of an architectural master who is on par with his Western Renaissance counterparts such as Michelangelo or Andrea Palladio.
Luca Orlandi is an architect and an architectural historian. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at University of Genoa (Italy) and obtained a PhD in 2005 from the Polytechnics of Turin (Italy), within the program: History and Critics of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage. He lives in Istanbul and works as Assistant Professor Dr. in the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Özyeğin University (OZU). He teaches courses such as: History of Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, and Architectural Design Studio. He often participates in lectures, seminars, and workshops in other Turkish universities and abroad, mainly in Italy. He is an active member of ICOMOS Italy and his fields of interest cover several topics like Ottoman Architecture and Master Sinan, Contemporary Turkish Architecture, as well as Genoese Heritage in the Orient and Travelogue and Narratives about the Levant.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.