The territory of the Republic of Macedonia is divided to geographical regions, in which different types of monuments and
houses from Ottoman character can be found. The monuments and regions presented through this paper do not cover all the regions
of Macedonia but only the territories of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and Ohrid. This paper involves а research of Ottoman
housing and settlements in Macedonia according to the architectural characteristics and settlement textures using old-new
photographs, related literature, internet sources and site investigation. The rich vernacular traditions we inherited from Ottoman
ancestors would be a source for inspiring the architects in establishing the guiding principles for new buildings in Macedonia.
Finally, this study concludes with some ways forward on how to attain cultural continuity for achieving sustainable development in
the long run.
Key words: Historic environment, Ottoman housing, Ottoman monuments, cultural sensitivity, Macedonia.