Architectural History

The Süleymaniye Mosque In 1557 Istanbul, Turkey.

Summary Description:

In 1557 Istanbul, Turkey, it is one the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The Süleymaniye Mosque, the mosque and complex of buildings built by Sultan Suleyman I. It is mixed between Islamic and Byzantine architecture terms that designed by Mimar Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. Moreover, it is vast religious complex has many places like schools, a hospital, hospice, a library, and bath. It has the tombs of the sultan, and his Ottoman family. The Süleymaniye Mosque was custom of Ottoman Sultan to build mosques in their names.

Research Paper Guidelines

1- Typological and Stylistic Analysis

This section should be two to three paragraphs that position the work relative to existing taxonomies. What is the building type (library? theater? museum?)? What is its dominant style? Describe how the work does and does not fit within the categories it can arguably be grouped within.

2- Anthropological Analysis

This is similar to category 4, but specifically focused on the use and life of this particular building. Why was it constructed? How does it (or did it) function in the culture of which it was a part? If applicable, how was the building modified, adapted, weathered, or otherwise changed over time? If the building is now in disuse or no longer extant, what brought about its ruin (some careful conjecture on your part may be necessary here)? 2-3 paragraphs.

3- Experiential Projection

Write 3 or 4 paragraphs describing your conjecture of how the building would have been experienced at a time when it was still a vibrant, functioning part of its community. What was it like to approach the building from a distance, how did one enter the building, what was the character of its spaces? Give careful attention to qualities of light, shadow, surface, sequence, framing, view, ornament, temperature, and sounds – in short, to the character or ambiance of the place. [Students have effectively used first-person narratives for this portion of the analysis, though that is not required.]

4- Material & Structural Analysis

How does this (or did this) building stand? Using diagrams if helpful, explain the strategies that the designers/builders deployed to make the building stable, lasting, and resilient. What materials are used in the building? How are those materials worked or finished? How did they weather over time? How were the building materials made or harvested? What are the structural/material weaknesses or limits of the construction methods exhibited in the building? 3-5 paragraphs.

5- A Fictional Account

Endeavor to find some fictional work (like a poem or play or story) that references your selected architectural work, and write a paragraph or two explaining how you think the fictional work and the architectural work belong together, or how the author of the fictional work understands or makes use of the architectural work. If the exact architectural work cannot be explicitly located in some fictional work, something close can suffice. Provide excerpts (or stanzas, or prints) of portions of the work you are referring to.

6- Detail Study

Document some detail of the selected work – drawing plus photo would be ideal, but one or the other could suffice— [the images can be collected rather than made from scratch]. Clearly show the position/location of the detail relative to the larger work. In two or three paragraphs, describe the role of the detail (weather-proofing? ornamental? structural? a combination of these? some other?) and in one or two paragraphs speculate about how the designer/builder made decisions regarding that detail.

7- Present-Day

Parallel Find a contemporary architectural work that you can argue is related in some significant way to the historical work you have considered. Show the two works in images that relate them. Craft a written argument discussing the similarities and differences relative to the motivations of the two works, and the sets of problems the designers/builders in the two eras shared and how those problems were addressed. 4-6 paragraphs.


This is obviously not a typically styled research paper. Each of the required sections listed above should be labeled as such in your paper using headings before each section, and they should be organized in the order given here –

You don’t need to limit yourself to books because JSTOR and ARTSTOR are often useful starting points here. However, you need to use at least 3 books and 3 journal articles -as much as you can-. Be sure to include these in the bibliography.


The papers will be entered into a database for plagiarism evaluation by specialized software, which highlights suspicious passages, lists likely sources, and projects the likelihood that suspect passages have been lifted from other sources.

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