The Interior Architecture department does not have an education programme that only means creating visual and cultural identities for places. The education programme of this department has a structure that transforms students’ interior space and environment perception in an aesthetic way. Also, besides improving practical skills, the programme is based on organising 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 generates 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.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Liudmila Cazacova
Liudmila Cazacova is an Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Design at ARUCAD. Previously she was an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Chairperson of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman. Her research interests focus in sustainable housing, cultural heritage study and built heritage conservation. Besides her administrative and academic duties, she is currently leading two large research projects. SoLLite-Salalah project is a part of Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 International Competition, organized by Department of Energy, USA and DEWA, Dubai, UAE, in which 21 teams from 16 countries are competing in designing and building full-size solar-powered houses. Dhofari Eco-house project is a part of National Eco-House Design Competition II organized by the Research Council of Oman, in which 5 teams are competing in improving the performance of the full-size eco-houses built during the first phase of the competition.
Liudmila received her Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the College of Construction, Chisinau, USSR, her Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture and Engineering Design from the State Polytechnic University, Chisinau, USSR, and her Doctoral Degree in Architecture, Environmental Design and Building Science from European University of Lefke, TRNC.
Lecturer Kim Bennett
Kim Bennett is an educator, researcher and curriculum writer specialising in design education and creative thinking. Having combined practice and teaching she has worked as a freelance interior designer and deign 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 activites 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.