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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
Course Goals

In Architectural Design Studio IV, the aim is to discuss spatial analyses, conceptual studies and the background thoughts underlying the architectural product, and to enable students to gain the skill to integrate environmental data and information on simple structural systems by means of the design of a single building which comprises non-complex programs and which is located in the urban context.

Corequisite(s) None
Special Requisite(s) None
Instructor(s) Assoc. Prof. Emel Birer, Assist. Prof. Dr. Emrah Türkyılmaz, Assist. Prof. Dr. Asiye Akgün
Course Assistant(s) Arch. Önder Çelik
Schedule Monday, Thursday; 09.00-13.00/13.00-17.00, Ataköy Campus, MTS-VII
Office Hour(s) , Friday, 10.00-11.00, 2C-15
Teaching Methods and Techniques As a method, architectural consciousness regarding the relationship between nearby environment activities and the program is tried to be raised up by making spatial analyses in the context of place, geography and daily life. During the design process, taking decisions on spatial organization, on the selection of simple structural systems and materials, developing an architectural design comprising non-complex programs in the urban context, and explaining design approaches in the context of close environment with computer aided presentations, images, models and/or sketches are expected from the students.   Students are encouraged to participate actively in the studio process as individuals or team members. Sharing all studies in the discussion platform created in the studio and being subject to debate and criticism helps to develop students’ communication skills. Attending architectural conferences, reading and writing architectural texts, develops reading and writing skills in the context of design. It is important to create an awareness of contemporary world architecture in relation to ideas, space and practice.
Principle Sources Lee J.H.,(2008). Architecture for Public, C3 Publishing

(2005). Kamusal Alan, Editör Meral Özbek, Hil yayınevi

(2009). Proceedings of Revitalising Built Environments- Requalifying Old Places for New Uses, IAPS-CSBE & Housing Network, International Symposium 12-16 October 2009,İstanbul

Lee J.H., (2009). Celebrating the City Urban Facilities, C3 Publishing

Lynch, K., (1960).The Image of the City, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press

Aldo Cibic, (2006). Mikrogerçeklikler. XXI dergisi
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Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Announcement of the group lists/ Discussions: topics of the project Studio Work
2. Week Discussion of Location-program / analysis of the Place and presentations Oral presentation, Studio Work
3. Week Submitting of the analysis/ Discussion of the program according to the observed problems in place Oral presentation, Studio Work
4. Week Presentation of the concepts/ discussing the concepts over place and program Oral presentation, Studio Work
5. Week Concept studies with models Studio Work
6. Week Studio studies with models, drawings, silhouettes, sketches. Scale: 1/200 and 1/100 Eskiz, Studio Work
7. Week Studio studies with models, drawings. Scale: 1/200 and 1/100 Studio Work
8. Week Studio studies with models, drawings and 3D renderings. Scale: 1/200 and 1/100 Studio Work
9. Week Jury: presentation of architectural projects. Presentation
10. Week Studio studies with models, drawings and 3D renderings, details and system detail, Scale: 1/200 and 1/100 1/20, Studio Work
11. Week Studio studies with models, drawings and 3D renderings, details and system detail, Scale: 1/200 and 1/100 1/20, Studio Work
12. Week Studio studies with models, drawings and 3D renderings, details and system detail, Scale: 1/200 and 1/100 1/200 Studio Work
13. Week Studio studies with models, drawings and 3D renderings, details and system detail, Scale: 1/200 and 1/100 1/200 Studio Work
14. Week Final presentation studies Studio Work
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 2 20
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 1 10
Final Exam 1 70

Program Outcomes
PO-1Critical Thinking: Ability to inquire, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions.
PO-2Communication: Ability to use appropriate representational media to transmit essential formal elements at design process.
PO-3Investigation: Ability to gather, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within design processes.
PO-4Design: Ability to reproduce the design information in the creative thinking process, to reach new and original results through universal design principles such as sustainability and accessibility.
PO-5World Architecture: Understanding world architecture in terms of their historical, geographical and global factors.
PO-6Local Architecture / Cultural Diversity: Understanding the architectural formations and samples of a geography through its historical and cultural context. Understanding the divergent canons of cultural values, behavioral, social and spatial patterns.
PO-7Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Understanding of conservation discourses and methods, and the subjects of cultural heritage, conservation awareness, environmental concerns and ethical responsibility.
PO-8Sustainability: Ability to design projects by using the information regarding the natural and built environment to reduce the undesirable environmental impacts on future generations through means.
PO-9Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility about protecting the commonweal, having respect for historical/cultural and natural resources and improving the life quality.
PO-10Nature and Human: Understanding of the relationship between human, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
PO-11Geographical Conditions: Understanding the relationships of site selection, settlement and building design by considering the cultural, economical and social properties as well as the natural characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation and watershed.
PO-12Life Safety: Understanding the basic principles of security and life-safety systems in the conditions of natural disasters, fire, etc. through building and environment scales.
PO-13Structural Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
PO-14Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of physical environmental systems’ design such as lighting, acoustics, climatization and the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
PO-15Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies.
PO-16Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic design principles of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
PO-17Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.
PO-18Integration of Building Service Systems: The ability of assessing, selecting and integrating the structural, environmental, security, envelope and service systems of the buildings for building design.
PO-19Programming and Evaluation: Ability to prepare and evaluate an architectural project program by considering the public benefits in regards of client and user needs, appropriate examplers, space and equipment requirements, financial limitations, site conditions, relevant codes, laws and design principles.
PO-20Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates to make design decisions across various scales.
PO-21Considering Building Costs: Understanding the fundamentals of building construction and use costs.
PO-22Architect-Client Relationship: Understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains.
PO-23Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
PO-24Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
PO-25Practice Management: Understanding the basic principles in the architectural practice processes like financial management, business planning, quality management, risk management, discussion and reconciliation.
PO-26Leadership: Understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities.
PO-27Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture.
PO-28Professional Practice: Understanding and fulfillment of employer and intern rights and responsibilities for development of profession.
PO-29Ethics of Profession: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in profession regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1Competence to develop architectural and urban design projects. (Competence)
LO-2Ability to analyze the data and suitable/reasonable examples collection regarding the incorporation of such principles into architecture and urban design projects. (Ability)
LO-3Competence to develop an architectural programme. (Competence)
LO-4Ability to prepare a comprehensive program for an architectural project, such as preparing an assessment of client and user needs, an inventory of space and equipment requirements, an analysis of site conditions (including existing buildings), a review of the relevant laws and standards and assessment of their implications for the project, and a definition of site selection and design assessment criteria. (Ability)
LO-5Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse. (Knowledge)
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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