Turkey
What makes Istanbul great? an illustrative architectural guide

What makes Istanbul great? an illustrative architectural guide

I’ve always enjoyed doing illustrative notes like these. As an architect and an Urban Design graduate, finding different characteristics of the places I’ve visited is what makes travel exciting. Doing notes likes this does take time – mostly trying to figure out the composition. Lately I’ve started to do drafts in the smaller moleskine as below:   These...
Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

A late start to the day and decided to visit Suleymaniye Mosque. Built in 1550 by Suleyman the Magnificent, it’s the biggest mosque in Istanbul and its ground has a magnificent view overlooking the horn of Istanbul. Well worth the visit. Am still feeling a bit rusty drawing today – most probably due to unfavorable...
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Was one of the first to queue at 9am and spent a couple of hours taking photos, sketching and marveling at this incredible Byzantine church turned mosque turned museum. Drawing Hagia Sophia on location is really daunting. I get incredibly nervous drawing historically important landmark having learned the history. This was my 3rd attempt at...
Inside Istanbul's Blue Mosque - where artificial light and architecture converges

Inside Istanbul’s Blue Mosque – where artificial light and architecture converges

my visit to the famous Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul has opened up my eyes to a different kind of light - artificial ones. It is very rare for me to even recognise the beautiful use of artificial lighting in any old landmark buildings.
My Favourite Architecture - the Apollo Temple

My Favourite Architecture – the Apollo Temple

Not far from Selçuk is Didim. Today Didim is a seaside town popular with Ankara Turks and Northern English Brits but two and a half thousand years it was the site of an ambitious building project that so very nearly edged the Temple of Artemis off its spot on the famous wonder list.
Hagia Sophia - you're my kind of thing

Hagia Sophia – you’re my kind of thing

What makes Hagia Sophia great? There's many - from the scale of the building to the designing of its interior. Everything that evokes a sense of tranquility and spirituality.