In the Graduation Project, the aim is to evaluate the students’ level of knowledge and interpretation skills regarding all disciplines of architecture and to determine if the student can proficiently develop and present projects regarding the main problematic of architecture, i.e. design of space, in ethical, aesthetical, technical, functional, and economic perspective.
Professor Sevinç ERTÜRK, Assist. Prof. Dr. Emrah TÜRKYILMAZ, Assist. Prof. Dr. Asiye AKGÜN GÜLTEKİN
Prof.Dr. Sevinç Ertürk, on jury days mentioned above...
Teaching Methods and Techniques
Graduation project process comprises certain phases for the students to integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge and to present a project on their own within a discussion platform directed by the jury members. Students work alone in the process of researching and designing in relation to the project’s place, program and theme. During the semester, students attend three juries for discussing the development of their projects. A final jury meeting is conducted at the end of the term. Students are expected to analyse and synthesize a diverse spectrum of knowledge regarding the city, such as the physical and social environment, transportation, communication, to interpret the program related with the determined site, and to organize it spatially. Students are also expected to define the materials to be used, to determine the structural system, to utilize computer aid in design and to make an advanced presentation.
Announcement of the project topic
Critical Thinking: Ability to inquire, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions.
Communication: Ability to use appropriate representational media to transmit essential formal elements at design process.
Investigation: Ability to gather, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within design processes.
Design: 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.
World Architecture: Understanding world architecture in terms of their historical, geographical and global factors.
Local 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.
Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Understanding of conservation discourses and methods, and the subjects of cultural heritage, conservation awareness, environmental concerns and ethical responsibility.
Sustainability: 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.
Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility about protecting the commonweal, having respect for historical/cultural and natural resources and improving the life quality.
Nature and Human: Understanding of the relationship between human, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
Geographical 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.
Life Safety: Understanding the basic principles of security and life-safety systems in the conditions of natural disasters, fire, etc. through building and environment scales.
Structural 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.
Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of physical environmental systems’ design such as lighting, acoustics, climatization and the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies.
Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic design principles of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
Building 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.
Integration 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.
Programming 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.
Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates to make design decisions across various scales.
Considering Building Costs: Understanding the fundamentals of building construction and use costs.
Architect-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.
Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
Practice Management: Understanding the basic principles in the architectural practice processes like financial management, business planning, quality management, risk management, discussion and reconciliation.
Leadership: 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.
Legal 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.
Professional Practice: Understanding and fulfillment of employer and intern rights and responsibilities for development of profession.
Ethics of Profession: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in profession regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
Analysis of physical data such as topography and climate.
Analysis of social environment
Synthesis and evaluation of analysis
Skill of developing concepts
Designing the first draft Project with functional, structural, and aesthetic evaluations