Istanbul Technical University

Faculty of Architecture, Taşkışla, Istanbul, Turkey

This immense building has been constructed all in structural masonry between 1848 and 1853 as a military medicine academy for the Ottoman Army under the rule of Sultan Abdülmecid. However during construction, the plans drawn by W. James Smith were modified and the building’s function was changed to the military barracks in 1849. This modification was part of a construction plan that included several arsenals and military barracks that were to ensure the safety of the imperial domain around the Dolmabahçe Palace. The building sustained some damage in the earthquake of 10 July 1894, and was restored by architect Raimondo D’Aronco. In 1909, the rebellious troops were based in the building, thus it has become the scene of long fighting. Some results are visible in the façade, as few of the gun shells are still embedded in the stone columns of the entrance. In 1944 the building was handed over to the I.T.U. and restored by architects Paul Bonatz and Emin Onat. Teaching started in the building in 1950, with the civil engineering and architecture faculties. In 1983 it has been classified as a first degree historical monument. In 1996 the World Habitat Congress was organized partly in the Faculty. Ever since, it is a natural part of the congress valley of Istanbul. The plan scheme of Taskisla is classical: four equal sides marked with four corner edifices and a vast courtyard. The west façade is crowned with a monumental entrance. [Prof.Dr. Afife Batur]

Historical Taşkışla Building houses ITU Faculty of Architecture and it is located in the Beyoğlu district of İstanbul. The Faculty of Architecture also includes the Departments of Industrial Product Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture. It is located only a few minutes walking distance from Taksim Square [the heart of Istanbul], and is extremely close to many hotels, and transportation facilities that provide easy access to cultural and historical sites of Istanbul and it is in the congress valley of Istanbul city.

Taşkışla Building serves as an excellent venue for many international congresses right along with its educational function with its historical value, location, academic atmosphere, impressive interior spaces.

The building has a very impressive courtyard with a small pool in it where the students and academic people love to spend time in it. were all renewed and the courtyard was beautifully illuminated at nights.

Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical University was founded in 1773 during the time of Ottoman Sultan Mustafa III. With a history stretching back over 241 years, providing technical education within a modern educational environment and strong academic staff, ITU is strongly identified with engineering and architectural education in Turkey. ITU has assumed pivotal roles in the reconstruction, modernization, and administration of the country.

Istanbul Technical University has six campuses; Ayazağa, Maçka, Taşkışla, Gümüşsuyu, Tuzla and Florya. In these campuses there are 12 Faculties, 36 Departments, 5 Institutes, 15 Research Centers, a Vocational School and a Foreign Language School, as well as a Musical Conservatory., The graduate education is carried out through such institutes as Science & Technology, Social Sciences, Energy, Eurosia Institute of Earth Sciences and Informatics. 30 percent of the students and 39 percent of the teaching staff of ITU consist of women. Women have also been represented at top management and decision making positions in the university.

ITU has 427 professors, 194 associate professors, 365 assistant professors, 828 teaching assistants, 95 lecturers, 84 specialist, 168 teachers. Staff includes 1 of the 3 Turkish members of the American Academy of Sciences, 2 of the 3 Turkish members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2 of the 3 Turkish members of the European Academy of Sciences, 14 highborn and 4 honour members of the Turkish Academy of Sciences.

Istanbul Technical University is an active member of many global associations and takes part in developing new visions, strategies and programs to adapt to an ever-changing world while preserving the cultural and traditional aspects of the university. Aiming to use its strong international contacts to mould young, talented individuals who can compete in the global arena ITU has more than 130 international partnership agreements and is member of many international networks. International contacts include such institutions as the European Association for International Education (EAIE), European University Association (EUA), International Association of Universities (IAU),International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), SEFI (European Association for Engineering Education), OECD/IMHE, Advanced Technology Higher Education Network (ATHENS), Community of Mediterranien Universities (CMU), TIME Association. Dual degree programs have been established with several universities in the USA and ITU has reached the leading position in Turkey with its involvement in ERASMUS Student Exchange Programs covering 450 outgoing and 100 incoming students.

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