Interior Architecture & Environmental Design

The Interior Architecture & Environmental Design 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. Dr. 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.

  • Prof. Dr. Haşim Altan

    Professor of Sustainable Design and Architectural Engineering, and Dean of Faculty of Design at ARUCAD. He is a Chartered Architect (RIBA) and a Chartered Engineer (CIBSE) with over 20 years of academic and practice experience in the field of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) through the Built Environment in UK, Europe, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. Prof. Dr. Altan sits on several editorial boards and reviews project proposals for the European Commission, UK Research Councils, and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) by Qatar Foundation. Since 2004, he has, singly or jointly, secured and directed 32 research grants worth over £21 million. He is a founding member of the International Network on Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH), which has so far organised seven international conferences, several design workshops, and numerous technical visits. As well as having supervised 16 successful PhD students, Prof. Dr. Altan has published over 200-refereed journal and conference papers in related fields.

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Maria Panta

    Maria Panta completed her PhD research degree titled, ‘Approaches to the resilience and the potential for adaptation through community-driven construction projects in the global South’, at Canterbury School of Architecture in 2018 (awarded funding for 3.5 years by the University for the Creative Arts, UK). She undertook her primary research in rural Ghana as a community architect and participant in the Earth Architecture construction workshop through NKA Foundation, a local community driven organization. Maria is the online editor for The Architects’ Project (TAP). She acts as a Board Member and Senior Advisor for Environmental Foundation for Development (EFD). Maria is currently leading the bi-communal cooperation project titled, ‘Bricks of Resilience’, in collaboration with the METU Northern Cyprus Campus, part-funded by the Stelios Bi-communal Cyprus Award by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation
    In June 2018 till present, Maria has been the Project Coordinator, Trainer & Teacher on Adobe brickmaking and building, through a placement in Environmental, Archaeological & Traditional Skills funded by ERASMUS+ within the framework of ‘EU GREEN VILLAGE – SUSTAINABLE BUILDING – CONTEMPORARY APPLICATIONS OF ADOBE BRICK’.
    Furthermore, she became an associate of Women’s Design Service (WDS) in 2010 and got involved as a community architect, researcher, workshop facilitator/coordinator in community-led design projects using participatory design consultations.
    Maria Panta works in ARUCAD Interior Architecture and Environmental Design Department.