Webinar: Basic Principles of Design and Their Traces in Architecture

The first part of this lecture introduces the basic principles of design which can be listed as proportion, scale, balance, harmony, unity, rhythm, emphasis, space, line, colour, light, texture, shape and form. The second part consists of the speaker’s personal visits to various cities, sites and important buildings around the world. He looks into these built environments, cityscape and architecture and interprets them from the view point of design principles discussed before.

Date: 18th of May, 2021
Time: 16:00
YouTube, Facebook live

You can watch the live event from our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

Who is Professor Tevfik Balcıoğlu?

He was born in 1953, Izmir, studied at Middle East Technical University, attended Royal College of Art (1988-90), taught at Goldsmiths’ College (1991) and worked at Kent Institute of Art and Design, UK (1992-2002) as founding course leader of BA (Hons) 3DD. He is also founding Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts & Design at Izmir University of Economics (2004-2011) and Founding President of 4T: Design & Design History Society (4T: Tasarım ve Tasarım Tarihi Topluluğu), Turkey, (2014-2018). He worked as Vice Rector (2012-15) and Professor of Design (2012-2018) until September 2018 at Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey.

He was a columnist for a journal, entitled, ‘XXI Architecture, Design, Space’. His edited works include: ‘The Role of Product Design in Post-Industrial Society’, ‘Dancing with Disorder’, ‘Gender Perspectives in Design’ ‘Design and Resistance’ and a Design Journal issue: ‘A Glance at Design Discourse in Turkey’. Balcioglu is a board member of the European Academy of Design (EAD) and International Committee for Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS). He was a design coordinator, member of the executive board and the scientific committee of Izmir Mediterranean Academy (2012-2018). In this respect, he participated in Izmir Seaside Project as an informal voluntary consultant to Mayor of Izmir and initiated ‘Design Corridors’ and ‘Izmir Good Design’ Projects.

He had bought a 450 years old Ottoman Primary School building in 2005, restored and converted it into a ‘TB house – Design Library- Faruk Tabak Reading Room’ and opened it to public in week days. The building received Izmir Municipality, 2017, “Respect to History Local Conservation Award”, in the category of “Substantial Restoration Where Original Function Altered”. Recently, since the lockdown period of Covid-19, he has begun to make YouTube design videos in various categories (see: shorturl.at/fkyHQ)


15 May 2021