Turgut Saner

Full-time professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Dept. of History of Architecture – Istanbul Technical University. Master studies on the “19th c. Ottoman Orientalism” (1988) and doctoral degree at ITU on the topic “Hellenistic Masonry in Asia Minor” (1995). Participation at numerous excavations and surveys in Turkey (among others, Arykanda, Binbirkilise, Hagia Thekla, Anastasiopolis and Zenonopolis). Director of the architectural survey at Larisa in Aeolis from 2010 onwards. Guest professor at Karlsruhe University (2003/04, WS/SS) and Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (2008/09 WS), as well as at the universities in Berlin, Trento, Valencia and Tokyo. Research interests majorly cover the early stages of ancient Greek architecture in Asia Minor and the reception of European styles in late Ottoman art and architecture.

Currently involved in two projects as initiator and organizer: “The evaluation of the excavation archives of the Istanbul Archaeological Museums” and the preparation of an exhibition on “the manifold facets of ornaments selected from Sadberk Hanim Museum’s (Istanbul) archaeological and Islamic collections”.

The main research project “Larisa” has been proceeding with on-site documentations, ongoing doctoral dissertations all aiming to clarify the settlement dynamics of this Aeolian site whose Classical period lifespan lasted only from the 7th to the end of the 4th century BCE.



Larisa in Aeolis. Studies on Settlement and Architecture


Selected publications:

Saner, Turgut / Üzümkesici, Tuba: Shifting Values around the (Non-)Existence of the Historical Artillery Barracks at Taksim-Gezi, Istanbul, in: Ess, Julia et al. (Hg.): WerteWandel. Prozesse, Strategien und Konflikte in der gebauten Umwelt, Basel/Berlin 2021, S. 175–186.

Saner, Turgut, Külekçi, Ilgın, Öncü, Emre (Eds.). 2018. Larisa: Different Lives Different Colours. Exhibition Catalogue, Istanbul.

Saner, Turgut, Külekçi, Ilgın, Mater, Gizem (Eds.). 2017.  Architectural Survey at the Necropolis of Larisa (Buruncuk), Istanbul.

Saner, Turgut, Mater, Gizem. 2017. “Quarrying and Carving Traces Observed on the Stones of Larisa (Buruncuk)”. In: Werkspuren, Diskussionen zur Archäologischen Bauforschung 12, (Eds. D. Kurapkat, U. Wulf-Rheidt), Regensburg: 33–39.

Saner, Turgut, Sağ, Kaan, Denktaş, Ertunç. 2016. “Fortifications of Larisa (Buruncuk) Reconsidered”. In: Fokus Fortifikation. New Research on Fortifications in the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East(Eds. R. Frederiksen – S. Müth et al.): 159–170.

Saner, Turgut. 2015. “Des jouets pour les sultans. Les maquettes ottomanes, entre fonctionnalité et représentation”. In: La Maquette. Un outil au service du projet architectural. Éditions des Cendres: 253–265.

Saner, Turgut, Denktaş, Ertunç, Mater, Gizem, Öztürk, Figen. 2015. “Brief Notes on William James Smith’s Architectural References to Greek Revival at Taşkışla and Dolmabahçe Seyir Köşkü (Istanbul)”. In: AZ ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, Vol. 12 No. 2, July: 83–91.

Saner, Turgut, Sağ, Kaan. 2012. “The Aeolian-Style Polygonal Masonry in Larisa [Buruncuk] and its Regional Context”. In: Nuts & Bolts of Construction History (Eds. R. Carvais, A. Guillerme et al.), Paris, Vol. 2: 427–434.

Saner, Turgut. 2013. “Foreign Styles as Friendly Forms” in late Ottoman Art”. In: Das Bild des Feindes. Konstruktion von Antagonismen und Kulturtransfer im Zeitalter der Türkenkriege (Eds. E. Leuschner – Th. Wünsch), Berlin: 295–302.

Saner, Turgut. 2008. “Bruno Tauts Projekt zum Wettbewerb “Haus der Freundschaft„ in Istanbul”. In: architectura 1: 77–94.

Saner, Turgut. 2008. “Begegnung und Innovation – Hagia Sophia und Sinans Entwurfsprinzipien für Pfeiler”. In: Austausch-Inspiration Kulturkontakt als Impuls architektonischer Innovation (Eds. F. Pirson – U. Wulf-Rheidt), Mainz am Rhein: 305–311.