Cansu Günaydın on Generational Changes in Architectural Understanding

Cansu Günaydın is an alumnus of Izmir University of Economics (Dept. of Architecture, 2011)

Ms. Günaydın would like to encourage different types of explorations in architectural education such as:

Technique- analysis and fabrication techniques can be assisted by technology
Materials- knowledge and use is limited to materials developed in the 20th century. Students should be encouraged to explore newer materials and construction techniques.

Even with regard to model-making, the models can be explorations of ideas, rather than representations of preconceived solutions.

Müge Halıcı on Student-Based Workshops

The afternoon session of TRANS_ARCH_EDU_02 is underway. After a welcome from session chair, Dr. Ethem Gürer, Müge Halıcı,  a researcher at Istanbul Technical University is the first to address the group.

Müge is explaining the TRANS_ARCH_EDU workshop series, the second of which was conducted yesterday at Izmir University of Economics. In the previous workshop, second-year design students were introduced to the scripting tool, Grasshopper, and shown computational techniques analyze surfaces and then to produce them using computer numerically controlled fabrication (laser cutting.)

The surfaces were originally generated based on knowledge about magnetic field behaviors.


Dr. Sema Alaçam on Concept and Communication in Design

Dr. Alaçam is an Assistant Professor at Istanbul Technical University and also lectures at Izmir University of Economics. She is researching the way that communication occurs in design, both in the finished work and in the process.

Design communication is about the relationship between abstract expression and concrete experience. There is a way of “bridging” between the concept and experience which is aided by investigative techniques, using both analog and digital forms.

She showed some examples of this process on her Izmir University of Economics “computing and making” course blog.

According to Dr. Alaçam, curiosity makes the difference in establishing effective learning scenarios.

Mine Özkar on computation and basic design

The first panel session of TRANS_ARCH_EDU_02 is underway and first up is Dr. Mine Özkar of Istanbul Technical University. 

Dr. Özkar presented several frameworks for understanding computation as a design pedagogy as seen in basic design studio work. First and foremost, she emphasized her understanding of the pedagogical content of the design studio: knowledge, skill, and attitude.

Knowledge consists of organizing principles used to produce design works.

The studio process which passes from production to comparison to evaluation, resulting in the development of design strategies. Examples from first-year design studios in Istanbul and Izmir demonstrated the principles at work

Dr. Özkar concludes that teaching e students to recognize similarities and create repetition, furthermore, to develop variation within that repetition presents significant learning opportunities for students. 

The relationships between  repetition and variation can model and be  be modeled by computational techniques as her applied research in teaching design studios has shown.


The second panel on the transformation of architectural education will be held on 15th-16th December 2015.

TRANSARCHEDU_02 (1)Program of the event

15 December 2015, Tuesday

9:00-19:00: Workshop by Sema Alacam and Müge Halıcı for Arch 201
20.00-22.00 Dinner Welcoming guests

16 December 2015, Wednesday

09.30 – 10.00 Coffee

10.00 Opening  by Prof. Dr. Ender Yazgan Bulgun
Introduction by Asst. Prof. Dr. Bahar Durmaz Drinkwater

10.30 Keynote Speaker:  Gülen Çağdaş (Prof., Computation in Architectural Design, ITU)

11.00 – 12.30 Panel_01: Two Decades of Computational Design

Moderator: Güzden Varinlioğlu (Asst. Prof., Architecture, Izmir University of Economics)

Mine Özkar (Assoc. Prof., Computation in Architectural Design, ITU)

Ahu Sökmenoğlu (Ph.D, Computation in Architectural Design, ITU)

Sema Alaçam (Asst. Prof., Computation in Architectural Design, ITU)

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Panel_02: What is next?

Moderator:  Ethem Gürer (Ph.D, Computation in Architectural Design, ITU)

Cansu Günaydın (Graduate, Izmir University of Economics)

Müge Halıcı (Master student, Computation in Architectural Design, ITU)

Gülce Özmen (Undergraduate Student, Izmir University of Economics)

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-17.00 Round Table Discussions

Moderator:  Michael E. Young (Izmir University of Economics)

17.00-18.00 Cocktail