Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi (1899-1984), as well as some names of the generation close to him, is an important name that contributed greatly to the survival of the Ottoman architectural and cultural heritage. Necmeddin Okyay, Celâl Esat Arseven, Sedat Çetintaş, Süheyl Ünver, Oktay Aslanapa, Doğan Kuban, Turgut Cansever, Semavi Eyice are other prominent names who have worked in this field. Today, April 24, is the anniversary of Ayverdi’s death.
The colorful neighborhood of Şehzadebaşı, where Ayverdi spent his childhood, his father’s greetings, the faithful and patriotic family home, the various arts and sciences of the time, gave Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi the identity of an intellectual and of an artist rather than being a dry build and technical man. . While reviving ancient architectural works, we aim to collect and preserve various works of art, beautiful scriptures and illuminations, Quran, murakkas, bindings, precious fabrics and tiles, various types of evani , glassware and thousands of distinguished works of art to write has also become a habit.
Like Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi, his brother Samiha Ayverdi and his wife İlhan Ayverdi followed the same path and made unique contributions to our cultural life. The “Kubbealtı Academy Culture and Art Foundation”, founded by the Ayverdi family in 1970, continues its activities today. The Ayverdi family has dedicated all their savings to this community which they founded with the following phrases: our environment. Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an: “What have you not to spend (after believing) in the way of Allah?” However, the inheritance of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah…’ He says that offering the goods and properties He has given to His servants for the benefit of His servants should not cause pride. to human beings, but to give thanks. “
The famous art historian Prof. Dr. Semavi Eyice cites Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi as “the man who rescued Ottoman-era Turkish architecture from obscurity”. Samiha Ayverdi, on the other hand, describes his elder brother with the following sentences: “Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi is one of the exceptions, whom Allah Almighty appropriated with his divine attributes by causing him to be killed and purified from evil and selfish greed, ugliness and shame. My brother, strengthened by this spiritual intervention, generously adorned society with the abundance of his various virtues, his sincerity, his art, his faith, his honesty, his altruism. So that deep sincerity and excitement, which is a magnificent monument, was translated and transferred into the action plan. So much so that by marrying matter and meaning, that is to say the Turkish-Islamic combination, in the presence of the witness of God, his legitimate descendants, resulting from this union, donated the books, which are giant works, to Turkish culture. All his works, which are saints, are the spiritual descendants of Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi.
Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi’s life can be considered as before and after 1950. Ayverdi, who practiced architecture, which is his profession, between 1920 and 1950 wrote articles and books which can be accepted as a reflection of his professional experience after 1950. In this second period of his life, Ayverdi published 16 books and 81 articles, each of which is a resource in his field.
Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi, in his active architectural life; More than hundred Ottoman ottomans such as Topkapı Palace, Bozdoğan Arch, Laleli Mosque, Istanbul University Central Building, Gureba Hospital, Hasanpaşa Madrasa, Zeynep Hanım Mansion , Gazanfer Ağa Madrasa, Bursa Muradiye and Yıldırım Kulliye, Bursa Provincial Mansion, Edirne Selimiye, Bayezit and Üç Şerefeli Mosques He signed the revival of his work.
Without a doubt, Ayverdi’s most important work is his magnificent work entitled “Ottoman Architecture”, which has eight volumes. This corpus, of which the first four volumes describe the works of Ertuğrul Gazi at the end of the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, and the last four volumes of Ottoman works in Europe, is called the title deeds of Turkish heritage in Europe and in Anatolia. . To this end, he recorded Ottoman works in many cities of Anatolia, as well as in Yugoslavia (Serbia-Bosnia-Croatia-Kosova), Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary between 1952-1976. In his book on these 2000 works, he included 5000 photographs, sketches, surveys and engravings and about 1200 plans.
Ayverdi continued the monthly cat meetings he inherited from his father and turned his home into one of the important cultural gatherings of his time. Suggestions for the protection of artifacts inherited from the Ottoman Empire have affected the operating principles of the current Conservation Councils. Ayverdi has also contributed to the establishment of many societies such as Istanbul Conquest Association, Kubbealtı Academy, Istanbul Institute and Yahya Kemal Institute. Various works of art, collections and all of his real estate that he accumulated during his life; He donated it to Kubbealtı Academy Culture and Art Foundation, which he founded in 1978. Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi died on April 24, 1984 at his home in Fatih, Istanbul, and was buried in Merkez Efendi Cemetery. May his soul rest in paradise.