Gülce Özmen gives an Architecture Student’s Perspective

Gülce Özmen is a student of architecture at Izmir University of Economics. She is also an active voice in the Izmir Cut|Paper community.

Ms. Özmen is recounting her experience at a forum of architectural students in Istanbul. The attendees identified challenges faced by students of architecture, such as:

intensity of education; grade worries; comparisons with educational systems abroad; lack of support; and apathy.

Ms. Özmen says that students are able to counteract these negative effects through organization and active involvement. She is giving some examples from her experience with the Cut|Paper community.

Many students are concerned about the relationship between computation and design, especially with regard to scripting tools that are applied, but not understood. Students especially want to understand the theoretical bases for these techniques.

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.

Dr. Ahu Sökmenoğlu on Urban Analytics

  Next up is Dr. Ahu Sökmenoğlu, also from Istanbul Technical University.


Dr. Sökmenoğlu is outlining the role of data mining in current trends in urban analysis. This data comes from GIS databases, but also from live data collecting such as traffic signal operations. The collection and analysis of this data shows potentials for improving life in cities.

Her own PhD research focused on the Beyoğlu Preservation area in Istanbul in creating an analytical model for understanding building characteristics and their influences in terms of ground-floor use patterns, site occupation, size, etc. Such models can support better urban decision making. Evolutionary algorithms test the “fitness” of solutions to the surrounding area.

The streets ore project at MIT uses image mining techniques to assess people’s perceptions of street safety and map that data onto neighborhoods.


The crucial issue for design is the “post-processing” of the mined database. How can architects draw conclusions from data sets and set directions for cities and peacemaking? Dr. Sökmenoğlu believes a new generation at data mining expert/architects is required.

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.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Gülen Çağdaş

Gulen CagdasThe founder of Program of Computational Design in Architecture at ITU, Gülen Çağdaş will be talking about the brief history of Computer Aided Design; Potentials of Digital Media; Potentials of Computational Design approach; Scientific approaches to Design; Different approaches to the Computational Design process; Reflection of Computational Design to Education; Building Information Modelling as an integrated media for Architecture.

A graduate of İstanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Gülen Çağdaş has taught at the same faculty since 1981 and has been weorking as a full-time professor since 1997. She is currently head of the Department of Informatics, Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Guests of the Panel_02: Cansu Günaydın

cansu gunaydinCansu Günaydın received her B.Arch degree in 2011, and minors in Industrial Design Department of Product Design in 2012 from Izmir University of Economics. After graduation worked in Izmir Chamber of Commerce for 2 years for several projects related to urban planning/rehabilitation and design, restoration, education and office buildings, public buildings as an architect. She received her Masters in Advanced Design and Digital Architecture  from Elisava Design and Engineering School affiliated to Pompu Fabra University in 2015. Her expertise on biomimetics, material systems, adaptive systems ,design and computation, and digital fabrication. From 2015, she has been working as part-time lecturer in İzmir University of Economics.

Urban Analytics: Today and Tomorrow

Han and Kamber (2006) described the late 1990s as the period of data science, resulting from the enormous increase in data enabled by developments in data capturing and storing technologies. Recently, the rise of data science has boosted quantitative urban analysis and a new line of research often called urban analytics or urban informatics has emerged. Academic interest in this topic is growing and new research programmes are being offered by leading universities and research institutions. Urban analytics research mainly focuses on how new advanced analytical methods can be used to improve our understanding of cities in order to make more informed decisions in urban design and planning processes. The main goals of the presentation are: to briefly examine recent developments in urban analytics and to discuss the implications of urban analytics for the future of urban planning, urban design and architectural education and research.

Ahu Sökmenoğlu
16th December 2015 | 11.00-12.30 | Media Room

Guests of the Panel_02: Gülce Özmen

GulceGülce Özmen was born in Ankara in 1993. She has completed her first, middle and high school education in TED Ankara College. She has graduated from Ted Ankara in 2011 and registered to İzmir University of Economics , Department of Architecture in the same year. During 2013-2014 academical year, she has participated in the ERASMUS programme and went to University of Bologna, Faculty of Architecture for one year. After her return, in 2014 she continued her education in IEU and established CUT PAPER Design Community with three other colleagues. At the same time she has enrolled to 4+1 Masters Degree in IEU.

She still continues her education in IEU as a fourth year student, chairs CUT PAPER Design Community and proceeds 4+1 Masters Degree in IEU.