- Early Burmese Architect
- Studied in the UK
- Worked for several Government Departments
- Head of RIT
Sayagyi U Tha Tun
Compiled by his disciple U Than Tun (Arch 65)
Sayagyi’s biography was read in commemoration of his 100th birthday (held in Kemmendine).
Sayagyi U Tha Tun was born on 4 October 1899.
- B.Sc. degree from Yangon University in 1921
- A.A. dip. from London in 1926
- F.R.I.B.A. (Fellowship of Institute of British Architects) and A.M.T.P.I. (Associate Member of Town Planning Institute) in 1936
He is the only person who got F.R.I.B.A. as a Myanmar citizen up to date (in 1999). So his degree in full is : B.Sc., A.A.Dip.(London), F.R.I.B.A., A.M.T.P.I.
Back in Myanmar he worked as Executive Engineer (Planning) in National Housing Board and Town & City Development Trust.
From 1941-1945, he worked as City Architect and Government Architect in Public Works Department.
From 1954-58, he taught “History Of Architecture” at the Rangoon University Engineering department.
From 1960-1963, he was Head of Department of Architecture in BIT/RIT.
His works in Yangon include
- Medical College 1 in Yangon.
- Inya Hall, Thiri Hall,
- Many other private houses
- [Contributed his labor in] many religious buildings all over Myanmar.
He also won first prize in design competition for the renovation of Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda (Pegu) which was destroyed by an earthquake.
He lived for 75 years and passed away on 13th Sept. 1974 in Yangon.
Whenever he was invited to a meeting or a gathering of Architects, he always tried to attend and used to say his favorite words:
“A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER”
Before he died, he sent a message to a meeting of S.S.A. and the following are the excerpts from his message.
” THE ART AND CULTURE REST ON THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY OF STUDENTS ARCHITECTS. I EXHORT TO THE SPIRIT OF S.S.A. TO CREATE A HISTORY AND I RENDER A HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS FOR PROMOTION OF ARCHITECTS IN BURMA”