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Background Information

Employment History


International Council on Monuments and Sites

Project Supervisor

Istanbul Technical University

Professor of Architectural History

Istanbul Technical University


Istanbul Technical University


International Council on Monuments and Sites

Web References (29 Total References)

Sweetheart deals have also threatened the ... [cached]

Sweetheart deals have also threatened the city's more ancient history, says Zeynep Ahunbay, a representative of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. She recently led a restoration project on the former Byzantine church of Christ Pantokrator, a sprawling 12th -century structure. But her contract was abruptly cancelled last year and transferred to Tasyapi, a firm that advertises itself as a builder of public housing and luxury apartments. The CEO of Tasyapi has since been detained as part of the corruption investigation.

Recent excavations in the old city have revealed neolithic remains from 8,000 years ago, underlining the stakes for urban heritage in this ancient crossroads. "Archeology and history shouldn't be seen as an annoyance," Ms. Ahunbay says, "but as an immense privilege."

Protest against Ilisu dam continues: Villagers from Hasankeyf block Tokapi Palace in Istanbul | CounterCurrent [cached]

Hasankeyf, with the surrounding Tigris Valley, is the only place in the world that meets nine out of 10 criteria for a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site according to a report published by Istanbul University Prof Zeynep Ahunbay, who is also president of ICOMOS Turkey (International Council on Monuments and Sites) (2).

(2) Prof Ahunbay's report can be found at:

Professor Zeynep ... [cached]

Professor Zeynep Ahunbay

Istanbul Technical University: Architecture, Conservation
Zeynep Ahunbay studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University (1965-1970). She currently serves as professor at the Faculty of Architecture ITU since 1988; lecturing on conservation techniques for historic buildings and sites, traditional building types, reuse of historic buildings, conservation of World Heritage sites; conducts studios on conservation design.


Project supervisor Prof. Zeynep Ahunbay (Istanbul Technical University) gave explanations on the project's details to Prof. Ihsanoglu.

Prof. Zeynep Ahunbay gave a lecture by outlining some general problems related to preservation, most notably, how preservation activities can or should be handled in charged political situations and in war-torn communities. She then gave specific examples in the city of Mostar, and spoke of her experiences regarding the Neziraga and Sevri Hadzi Hasanova Mosques, and the so-called magaza on Onescukova Street. The key participants of the round-table discussion, which was mediated by Professor Amir Pasic, were Prof. Ahunbay, Ms. Amra Hadžimuhamedovic, Prof. Željko Pekovic and Prof. Tina Wik.
Of these, Professors Ahunbay, Wik, and Ms. Hadžimuhammedovic are members of the commission to protect national monuments, mandated by annex 8 of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

"About 200 different sites will be ... [cached]

"About 200 different sites will be affected by the Ilisu Dam," says Zeynep Ahunbay, a professor of architectural history at Istanbul Technical University.

Professor Ahunbay agrees: "It is impossible to transfer and 'save' Hasankeyf at the same time. Many of the features of the old city were brought to light by excavation, yet there is still more to be revealed. One-third of the visible traces are still covered by rubble and earth."
Ahunbay takes the long view. "When the very short useful life of the dam is set against the long history of Hasankeyf and its potential to live for eternity," she says, "one without doubt must chose the survival of Hasankeyf."

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