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Cuneyt Budak

World Architecture Community wishes to announce
its sadness for the unexpected loss of its  Coordinator and Editor-in-Chief
Cuneyt Budak a.k.a. “Jonathan Budd”
1954 – 2009

Cüneyt was the mastermind behind the World Architecture Community. When we were working together in XXI Architectural Culture Centre under with Hasan Barutçu and Haluk Pamir we were publishing the Journal entitled XXI. It was called XXI in anticipation of the new century, becoming the most influential journal on culture of architecture and design in Turkey for three years and produce nine monumental issues.


During those years the internet was growing in leaps and bounds. In 1999 when I suggested Cüneyt the future of communication has to be the not only paperless, but pervasive and international, he booked the web address It was only after my retirement from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture as its chief executive that we would work on World Architecture Community. After 24 years of service to promote quality in built environment by means of architecture in the Aga Khan Development Network and my presidency of the UIA World Architecture Congress in 2005 Istanbul that we were ready to engage ourselves with a benevolent activity on architecture. In 2006 we established a public company with Şefik Onat who had both the experience of Habitat 1996 and UIA 2005 at a very high level. We appointed Cüneyt to be the leader-executive of this non-profit public mission.


Our idea was not scroll or blog but a fully interactive system to communicate and engage talent in every aspect of architecture. This took some time and energy and we launched our web site in March 2008. In no time World Architecture Community was among the World’s most popular web sites breaking records since August 2008.


Cüneyt had a teaching position in one of the private universities in Istanbul. Without compromising from his academic responsibilities he dedicated time, energy, sleep and leisure to World Architecture Community. It was never surprising for me and my colleagues to receive messages and calls between 2 AM to 5 AM many many times.


Cüneyt in the mid 1970’s was a participant in classes in the Department of Architecture of the Middle East Technical University. His comments were well informed, to the point and intelligent. I had to ask him to leave his very successful Engineering studentship and transfer to architecture. That he did at the cost of losing some two years. Following his graduation he was noticed nationwide as one of the most brilliant brains in architecture. 


In 1980 I was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania to prepare a survey and critical analysis of Modern Architecture in Turkey aiming for an exhibition, a conference and book. Cüneyt conducted the survey. This Philadelphia Exhibition is now in the archives of Middle East Technical University and will be a permanent display dedicated to his memory. 


Following his graduation Cüneyt became an important figure in order to help ideas and intellectual contributions to be communicated. He worked with Doğan Hasol and Güven Cantürk in Yapı, with Uğur Tanyeli in Arrademento Mimarlık. His tenure with Ahmet Turhan Altıner was most productive when they published Arkitekt Yaşama Sanatı magazine. 


He never ignored his academic career and pursued degrees like Master of Architecture and PhD. His dissertations became important references. Regardless of his limited financial facilities he acquired the collections of some important libraries that otherwise would be treated as recycling material. He loved architecture literature and did everything he could to protect and project it. 


Cüneyt was a selfless person. When he was in charge of the World Architecture Community he wanted to remain anonymous and international. As an allusion to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull I proposed to name him “Jonathan”. He was fast, so fast that he was pushing the limits of his own speed. That was very much like Jonathan Seagull. 


His surname Budak in Turkish meant “knot” in the tree or in timber. That implied something cumbersome and was unfair to him. In fact he was the master of nurturing fresh and “budding” ideas. When I proposed him Budd as his pen surname, he giggled and agreed. He became Jonathan Budd. The compliments I received on his behalf as being: “a wonderful gentleman, a profound thinker, a generous editor, an enabling publisher, et al.” prevented me from disclosing his real identity to the people who knew him. I could not say to many: “Look! He is our good old Cüneyt.” 


In World Architecture Community he helped to develop the talents of Selin Çınar, Talha.B Bulut, F.Murat Özdemir and Özgün Tanglay. Özgün also being his life companion is among the most affected by his loss. 

He lived two lives and died one. Or may be he lived many lives and only died one. 

May peace be upon him forever. 

Suha Özkan


Canım Hocam Cüneyt BUDAK, aramızdan ayrılışının 3.yılında seni sevgi ve hasret ile anıyorum, hediyemi beğendiğini umuyorum, nur içinde kal.
Murat Özdemir 02.12.2012

Canım Hocam Cüneyt BUDAK, aramızdan ayrılışının 2.yılında, aciz yaşamımın yerini güç aldı, şimdi seni dahada özlüyorum, eserin güçlenerek ve büyüyerek devam ediyor, seni sevgi ve hasret ile anıyorum ve arıyorum, nur içinde kal.
Murat Özdemir 02.12.2011

Aramızdan ayrılışının 1.yılında seni sevgi ve hasret ile anıyorum ve arıyorum, elbet bir gün görüşeceğiz, nur içinde kal.
Murat Özdemir 02.12.2010

Dear W A Team, it is very sad to know about your loss.I convey my deepest condolences to his family and to the institution as a whole. Mabin Mathew
Mabin Mathew 04.06.2010

I did not have the pleasure of meeting Cuneyt Budak but I’m so glad that he read my email regarding my satisfaction with WA’s Mission and that he found it supportive. I think that WA is a fantastic institution and I am very happy to see that it is growing and has become an important reference for architects and students of architecture throughout the world. It is, simply, an idea of generosity, on parallel with my good friend Carlos Jimenez’s (Houston, Texas) idea that ‘architecture is about generosity.
Alvaro Rojas 05.04.2010

Dear Suha, Özgün Tanglay, and WA team. Please accept my condolences, I just knew this. May he rests in peace. Ashraf m. SALAMA
Ashraf M. SALAMA 27.02.2010

Respected Dr. Suha Özkan, Please convey my sympathy to all concerned to his family, May his soul peace in rest,

Dear WA team, On behalf of all of us at the Swedish Designers Association we would like to express our deepest condolences for the tragic loss of Cuneyt Budak. Sincerely yours,
Nina Back-Sundström 20.01.2010

I also join my condolences. Rest in peace dear Budd.
Best regards, Myriam Mahiques,
from Huntington Beach, CA
Myriam Mahiques 13.01.2010

To the WA Community;
My deepest condolences to family, friends, and colleagues.
Lance Jay Brown - New York City 04.01.2010

Dear Dr.Suha,
We pray to Allah to rest him in peace and provide him a place in heaven enshallah.
I also thank you and all at wacommunity for having such strong faithful family feelings towards your friend and work college.
Hoshiar Nooraddin 04.01.2010

I feel we lost a relative never seen but always present due to his efforts for making this community closer and stronger.
This is a pain personal as well as for the whole profession. May he remain happy by the blossom of his cherished dream... WAC.
Rizwan Azeem, Lahore Pakistan 04.01.2010

To all WA board and editors.
My sincere condolences for the late Cuneyt Budak.
May Allah have mercy on his soul.
Ahmad Hamid 04.01.2010

Cüneyt’in ölüm haberini senin onu anmak için yazdığın şahane ‘eulogy’den öğrendim. Ne kadar üzüldüğümü anlatamam.
Ben gözden ırak olanların gönülden de ırak olduklarına inananlardan değilim. Onu bir yıl boyunca Ankara’da kaldığım apartman dairesinde komşum olarak tanıdım. Zaten o daireyi de kiralamamı Cüneyt ODTÜ’de önermişti bana. O yıl içinde son derece yakin, efendi, insan, inanılmaz yardımsever bir centilmen olarak dostluğunu verdi bana. Sen onun entelektüel kişiliğini vurgulamışsın. Ben o yönlerini kıyıdan köşeden bilebilmiş insanım. Ama insani kıymetini anlamam için o bir yıl yetti bana. Cüneyt’ten en son olarak, çok da hasta olduğum bir dönemde World Architecture’dan attığı bir e-maille haber aldım. Üyeler listesinden mail adresimi bulunca hemen yazmış bana. Ne yazık ki ben o sıralarda hastaneden yeni çıkmış ve nekahet dönemimdeydim, çok istediğim halde cevaplayamadım ve içimde kaldı.
Bu arada, e-mail sistemimdeki bir arıza yüzünden CRASH eden 200’e yakın mail arasında Cüneyt’indeki de vardı. Ne zamandır sana yazıp ona nasıl ulaşabileceğimi sormak isterken, bugun yarın, bugün yarın diye diye sonunda Cüneytçiğin kaybını öğrendim.
Bir hastalığı var mıydı, bekleniyor muydu vefatı yoksa birdenbire mi gitti bilmiyorum tabii. Geride unutulmaz bir isim bırakarak gitti. O açıdan ne mutlu. Sen hem bir ağabey, hem de büyük bir dost olarak Cüneyt’i andın. Hem de ne anış!! Geride bıraktığı bütün dost ve aile mensuplarının başları sağ, Cüneyt in mekânı da cennet olsun. Sevgiyle.
Aygen Toruner 04.01.2010

Dear Suha,
My deepest condolence at the sudden demise of Cuneyt Budak. A well written tribute to a man no word may replace the loss. May his loved ones be comforted by all of us sharing the loss.
Jimmy Lim 04.01.2010