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.

Guests of the Panel_02: Müge Halıcı

Muge HaliciSüheyla Müge Halıcı was graduated from Bornova Anadolu High School in 2008. She received Bachelor of Architecture degree from Yaşar University in 2014. She has worked in several architectural studios for award-winning architectural competition projects. Currently, she is a master student at Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Department of Informatics, Architectural Design Computing Graduate Program and she is working in TÜBİTAK project (1001). Also, she is leading augmented reality projects in Cankut Bagana Innovation Laboratory. Her academic interests are design cognition, augmented reality, digital parametric design and mobile space.

Guests of the Panel_01: Sema Alaçam

Sema AlacamDr. Sema Alaçam is an architect and a lecturer at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Architecture, Department o Architecture. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from ITU in 2005 and Master of Architecture degree from Architectural Design Computing graduate program of ITU in 2008. She attended Hyperbody Research Group Studies in TU Delft, Netherlands during 2006. Received her PhD in 2014, she was among the first generation PhD students at Architectural Design Computing Graduate Program in Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Department of Informatics of ITU where she also worked as a research and teaching assistant between 2007 and 2014. She worked at ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture, Chair of Structural Design in 2013-2014 during her PhD studies as an academic guest. Both her master and PhD research studies have been supported by BAP-ITU(Scientific and Projects-ITU) and TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) under the number of 2210, 2211 and 2214-A.

Apart from the undergraduate architectural design studio, she teaches various graduate courses related to the computational design and fabrication approaches in architecture. She has numerous papers presented and printed in national and international conferences.

Guests of the Panel_01: Ahu Sökmenoğlu

Ahu SokmenogluBorn in 1978, Istanbul, Ahu Sökmenoğlu Sohtorik is an architect and a Research Assistant at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She received a BSc. degree in Architecture from ITU, in 2002 and a MSc. degree in Architectural Design Computing from ITU Institute of Informatics, in 2005 and started her doctoral studies. Between 2002-2005 she also worked in several architectural firms in Istanbul. Since 2005 she has been working as a research assistant and lecturing in ITU Department of Architecture. Between 2007-2008 she was a guest researcher at TU Delft where she started a joint doctorate program supervised by the Computation and Performance Unit of TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment with the Architectural Design Doctorate Program of ITU Institute of Science and Technology. In 2009 she was awarded a HUYGENS Scholarship given by NUFFIC – the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education.

Guests of the Panel_01: Mine Özkar

Mine OzkarMine Özkar is an associate professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University, where she is the coordinator of the Program in Computational Design and teaches computational theory and architectural design. Holding a professional BArch from METU, she earned her MS in design inquiry and PhD in design and computation from MIT. In some of her previous work, she has interpreted the history and theory of progressive pedagogy in art and design from a computational perspective. She has also collaborated in research on the on-going global and local curriculum reforms in architectural education. Her current research focuses on visual/spatial/material computation, design methods and the integration of computation to foundational design education. She co-edited a book titled Shaping Design Teaching and was a Visiting Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture Computation Group during Spring term of 2013. For more information:


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

Workshop :: Integrated Design + Digital Fabrication

11 May – 17 May 2015, Izmir University of Economics Department of Architecture

Elçin Ertuğrul and Mostapha Sadeghipor Roudsari (Thornton Tomasetti CORE | Studio)

workshop poster 2
Description: The workshop will focus on developing design processes which uses parametric modeling and environmental analysis and fabrication techniques to drive design a responsive skin by analytical data. Workshop includes series of hands-on lectures and design studio.
Objectives :

  • To demonstrate the ability to understand the processes of design to fabrication
  • To prepare a parametric model and rethink
  • traditional forms of ‘program’
  • To familiarize with the principles of building environmental design
  • To practice integration of building performance into architectural design process
  • To practice process of rapid prototyping

Website :
Software :

  • Rhino 3D Version 5.0 (
  • Grasshopper (
  • Ladybug (
  • TT Toolbox (
  • Weaverbird ( )
  • PanelingTools for Grasshopper (

Materials : Varies
Equipment : Universal laser cutter (1), Makerbot 3D printer (2)
Project : Designing the building skin (facade) has been one of the most challenging design problems over centuries. Several solutions has been emerged over the time to address this issue, and with every advance in design technologies new solutions has been proposed. The students are encouraged to think of their solution for the problem, and to take workshop as a unique opportunity to rethink this well-known design problem by taking advantage of parametric modeling and environmental analysis.

arch 302 workshop poster

Deliverables :
Parametric model of final design
Study models in various scales
Final project ⅓ , ⅕ or 1/10 scale prototypes
Assessment :
Students will demonstrate their ability to

  • Develop the idea from design to fabrication
  • Establish the iterative design processes
  • Evaluate the environmental performance of design options
  • Communicate effectively using in a range of graphical media (2D, 3D drawings, video, website, etc)
  • Develop the idea from design to fabrication
  • Establish the iterative design processes
  • Evaluate the environmental performance of design options
  • Communicate effectively using in a range of graphical media (2D, 3D drawings,
    video, website, etc)

Trans_Arch_Edu wrap-up session

After a wonderful day of debate on current topics surrounding the shifting nature of architectural education, Panel participants again took the podium to interrogate the issues presented throughout the day. 

Gülce Özmen, a member of the CUT|PAPER architectural community, presented the results of an informal survey conducted to collect student feedback on the system of architectural education.


Tuğyan Aytaç Dural led the the session, opening with the question: do we analyze the material enough? Do we really know the skills of the students well enough to define a better design education?


Everyone shared their ideas, criticisms and suggestions and the discussion raised issues of “monolithic” thinking,  the applicability of architectural education, as well as needs for selective admissions standards, and how to identify new knowledge areas for architectural students.

Thanks to the Izmir University of Economics Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences for their support and sponsorship of this event.  Thanks also to our guests for the generous gift of their time and ideas, and to everyone for the openness of the debate. Izmir University of Economics Department of Architecture hopes to be an active voice in the debate on and an advocate for improving excellence in architectural education.