During a recent visit to Turkey, Assistant Professor Hooman Koliji was invited to share his extensive knowledge and research of architectural theory with the students and faculty of the Istanbul Bilgi University. Professor Koliji, who was attending the ARCHTHEO 2011 conference in Istanbul with Assistant Professor Luis Quiros, presented a lecture to the University’s School of Architecture, covering the topic of architectural theory and practice and how they are connected through architectural representation.
It was a wonderful experience,” said Koliji. “The lecture was very well received, and the students seemed excited about the topic. It was a nice detour in an all-together very rewarding trip.”
As part of the lecture, Koliji was able to share historic and contemporary examples of architectural drawings and their suggested intellectual investigation. Afterwards he took time to discuss his research in more detail with several students and faculty.
Before returning to College Park, Koliji had the opportunity to meet with a historian at Topkapi Palace Museum Archives, and was given a private viewing of ancient architectural drawings and documents from the 15th-18th centuries. Through this new contact, he hopes to garner images of other drawings from that era in the coming months to further his research on architectural theory and history.
We encourage our faculty to engage in such wonderful opportunities for information exchange on a global level,” said David Cronrath, Dean of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. “Hooman’s knowledge in this arena is a great resource for any classroom. I’m glad to see him able to share it and promote his continued study.”
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