Conservation principles for an early republican period primary school building: mimar kemal primary school /

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2014

Thesis Language: English

Student: Gözde Yıldız



The aim of this thesis is to ensure the understanding of the importance of early Republican buildings and to define conservation principles for Mimar Kemal Primary School in Ankara, one of the important examples of early Republican primary schools. The main reasons for selecting Mimar Kemal Primary School are the importance of its values, location, its history, its architect, architectural characteristics and its ideological and symbolic role in early Republican period. The main reason behind this thesis is the current threat towards these buildings, due to the urban transformations, education campus projects, laws relating these buildings, the unawareness of the public, and the scarcity of studies for conservation of these buildings. The principles of how and why to conserve are searched through values and conservation approaches. Focusing on the aim, the thesis is structured in five parts; as the research on education and educational buildings; conservation of early Republican period architecture; analyzing the case study; making evaluations consisting of, analyzing based on today’s educational needs, review value types and make assessment process for the school, determining problems and potentials; and lastly, implementation of conservation principles for both the case study and in general to set an example for possible conservation studies on other early Republican school buildings. In conclusion, in the process of conservation of cultural heritage, the development of principles is an essential process. Therefore, in this thesis conservation principles are proposed for Mimar Kemal Primary School.