The Interior Architecture department does not have an education program that only means creating visual and cultural identities for places. The education program of this department has a structure that transforms students’ interior space and environment perception in an aesthetic way. Also, besides improving practical skills, the program is based on organizing and planning interior spaces of architectural areas with artistic touches.
Design and production ateliers that are integrated with learning places are intended to respond to the needs of society in that field. It is believed that instead of an isolated education from society, it is better to integrate high cultural values with social values.
Assoc. Prof. Balkız Yapıcıoğlu
Head of Interior Architecture
Balkız Yapıcıoğlu is an associate professor and has thought architecture and construction management both in Cyprus and overseas. Her recent research aims to facilitate a process with and within cities that generate dialogue and deeper understanding of city resilience which leads to new ideas and opportunities by engaging new actors in civil society, government and business to make a city more resilient. She studied Architectural Engineering, Construction Management at University of Kansas and at Arizona State University in USA and completed her PhD at Girne American University in Cyprus in Construction Management before completing her second PhD at University of Manchester in UK in Project Management.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Cem Yardımcı
Having completed his undergraduate, master and doctorate studies at the Faculty of Architecture of Istanbul Technical University, Cem Yardımcı has served as a project director in various universities and as a jury member in national and international competitions. In addition to his research, Yardımcı has awarded short films that he realized and directed.
Under the concept of Architectural Reflex, he explores the existence of a combination of theory / practice and architecture / video. He aims to bring together diverse mix media and technologies in architectural design, audio and video performance studies. In this process, he tries to host the open source principle in his studies.
Lecturer Kim Bennett
Kim Bennett is an educator, researcher and curriculum writer specializing in design education and creative thinking. Having combined practice and teaching she has worked as a freelance interior designer and design educator throughout most of her professional life.
As an experienced educator she strives to combine industry collaboration in all aspects of her teaching through experiential learning experiences.
She is currently researching the sensory aspects of environmental materiality and their psychological effects on those who experience them, using participatory action research activities and visual representation to influence teaching and learning models.
As a senior lecturer of international BA Interior Architecture Programs she has conducted Design Workshops in Turkey, Italy and Cyprus, as well as Industry, engaged competitions and collaborative exhibitions with students in Australia.
As a facilitator of Learning she believes that design affords students the opportunity for experiencing pleasure in “form”. Consequently, it can develop their awareness of, and responses to the environment, and open up a whole new way of seeing and experiencing the world around them.