Designing for Designers: The Campus and Building of Atatürk University Faculty of Architecture and Design

Takva Ç., Akçay F. Ç.

Gazi University Journal of Science Part B: Art Humanities Design and Planning, vol.11, no.2, pp.297-306, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Education, which aims to impart knowledge, culture, art and various values, is one of the most important actions performed by individuals. In architectural education, which is part of these actions, candidates are expected to develop creative ideas in response to design problems by using components such as function, context, form and structure. Numerous scientific research studies have been conducted on the manner and methods of design education to materialize this expectation. A portion of these research studies highlights the significant role of spatial and formal experience in imparting design knowledge to architectural candidates. In other words, the environments where architectural education takes place are expected to serve as examples of spatial and formal qualities due to their mission of providing formation to future designers. In this regard, this research focuses on the examination of the spatial and formal qualities of a contemporary architectural product. The relevant architectural product is located within Atatürk University, which has a rich history and has been a center for higher education activities in various disciplines for many years. Established in 1957, the university has evolved along with the progress of new scientific fields and in accordance with a 2010 Council of Ministers decision, the Faculty of Architecture and Design was added to its structure. The research aims to identify design criteria related to the "faculty of architecture" typology and create a micro-scale data source for the future. The experimental section of the research includes evaluations of concept project, implementation project and usage stage. Steps such as examining architectural projects, conducting observation studies in the built environment and documenting the current state through photography have been followed. The research findings indicate that i) Changes occur between the concept project and the implementation project, ii) Current conditions include user interventions, iii) These changes and interventions point to the content of the architectural program.