ARCH 462 : Commentary 1

In this week, lecture is given by Asst. Prof. Dr. Bilge İmamoğlu on the history of the profession in Turkey

In the lecture, we started with the definition of profession, professional, and professionalism. We mentioned the issues that is related emerging process of ‘profession’. Profession means ‘meslek’ in Turkish and it is a combination of skills and abilities that one person has in the nature of being able to benefit other people in order to produce a job. However, in society, it is confused that the meanings of profession and occupation. Occupation (iş) is that a person’s principal job in life to earn money.

Later on, it is talked about the process of being professional. The process starts with the production and circulation of the knowledge specific to occupation within centralized educational institutions. He mentioned about the early educational institutions of the Ottoman Empire such as “Mühendishane-i Bahri-i Hümayün”, “Mekteb-i Mülkiye”or “Darül Fünun”. Then, he talked about the institutions coming with the republic such as “Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi”, then “Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi”. Through end of the lecture, it is mentioned the movements to professionalism in the field of architecture such as the “Arkitekt” magazine by Zeki Sayar.

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