Metin SÖZEN (TURKEY)
Prof. Dr. Metin Sözen, a scientist who has devoted himself in the field of preserving, evaluating and promoting natural, historical and cultural heritage in Turkey in a real sense, has many permanent practices based on the cooperation among public sector, local authorities, civil institutions and private sector within a range from National Palaces bound to the Grand National Assemble of Turkey to residential areas in different scales, especially Safranbolu, Kastamonu, Bursa, Edirne, Uşak, Afyonkarahisar, Denizli, Karaman, Ağırnas, Tokat, Amasya, Gümüşhane, Sivas, Malatya, Elazığ, Kars, Diyarbakır, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep and İstanbul.
Prof. Dr. Metin Sözen, as the advisor for culture and art of Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and President of Science and Evaluation Committee, has conducted scientific studies in Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Yıldız Palace, Summer Palaces of Aynalıkayak, Küçüksu, Ihlamur, Beykoz and Maslak and Yalova Atatürk Kiosk within the light of the concepts of “Palace Museum”, “Museum in Museum”, Warehouse Museum” and “Factory Museum” which had been developed under the title of “The Palace: House of State” in the restructure process. Due the efforts mentioned above, he won Eminent Service Award by Speakership of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, “Honor Award for Protecting” by Ministry of Culture and Tourism, “Foundation Human Award” and “Aga Khan Architecture Award” by General Directorate of Foundations, “Grand Award for Culture and Art” in 2007 by Ministry of Culture and Tourism and many other awards in national and international level. Besides, many streets in the cities which he had supported, libraries, cultural centers and parks were named as “Professor Metin Sözen” and he was also given “honorary countryman” by many cities.
Professor Sözen, who is the founder and president of ÇEKÜL (“The Foundation for Protection and Promotion of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage) and also was the member and president of boards for protecting cultural and natural heritage, initiated projects in order to realize “planning – practicing” studies in country-region- basin-city scale for a new agenda which is aiming to consider culture and environment as priority in Turkey consistent with their goals. His initiatives created concrete results by “Union of Historical Towns, which has been founded with his significant contribution. A prize called “Metin Sözen Grand Award for Protection” was put in order to award leading individuals, foundations and institutions in this field every year.
Within this framework, he carried on many activities having different qualities in Istanbul. One of them is “Kabataş Cultural Center” which has been realized diligently by Kabataş Education Foundation.
Metin Sözen has also much significant and versatile research, publications and studies on the creators from the past by taking the circumstances of the reflected period into consideration; such as study on Mimar Sinan, documentary films on spreading and protecting of cultural accumulation which had been awarded in national and international levels and significant studies which had been translated in other languages.