Kuban was born in Paris in 1926. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture in 1949 and was appointed as an assistant to the Architectural History and Relief Chair at the same institution three years later. His qualification thesis titled “An Essay on Ottoman Baroque Architecture” is the first work discussing the Westernization in Turkey in terms of art history. In 1962-63, he taught at Michigan University with a Fulbright scholarship and became a professor in 1965. Kuban, who founded Istanbul Technical University Institute of Architectural History and Restoration in 1974, was elected as the chairperson of the International Research Centre For Islamic History, Art and Culture in 1979-80. Kuban’s outstanding career was crowned with the 2019 Presidential Culture and Arts Award, for his “theoretical and conceptual work on the history of Turkish architecture.”

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