Investigation of Architect and Non-Architect Participants’ Perceptual Evaluations on Different Period Mosque Facades




Perception, Mosque, Architect, Non-Architects, Facade


In architecture, perception based studies about building facades have become more popular. In recent studies, mostly residential buildings and business center type of buildings had been selected as target buildings. The lack of study of the perception of the facades of religious structures has created the basic motivation for this work. In the current study, the facade features of (Seljuk period, Ottoman period and Republic period) some important mosques from different periods were evaluated according to the adjective pairs of complexity, preference and impressiveness variables. Also, whether or not the general views of the mosques represent Islamic religion and their level of arousing curiosity were questioned. For this purpose, in the study, a total of 16 mosques were used. The results obtained from the participants as architect and non-architect are given. It is seen that the participant architects show a statistically more negative approach compared to those who are non-architects in the perceptual evaluations of the facades of the mosques for complexity variable. On the other hand, there was no statistically significant difference between the participants' evaluations of preference and impressiveness variables (at p <0.05 level).


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Author Biographies

Derya Kol Arslan, Necmettin Erbakan University

Hatice Derya Arslan works at Necmettin Erbakan University, Department of Architecture, as an Dr.. She got her B. Sc., MSc and PhD degrees at Faculty of Architecture of Selçuk University at 2000, 2003 and 2010, respectively. Since 2013 she has been worked as Dr. in Necmettin Erbakan University, Department of Architecture. She is also founder of the architecture department.  Her current research interests are perceptional evaluation of space, planning, space analyses, sustainability.

Kemal Yıldırım, Gazi University, Faculty of Technical Education, Department of Furniture and Decoration

Kemal Yıldırım, PhD, is a professor of furniture and interior design at Gazi University. His main research topic has been the analysis of interior space and user satisfaction in connection with the visual perception of space.

Esin Gülşeker, Necmettin Erbakan University

Esin Gülşeker works as architect. She got her B.Sc degree from Selcuk University at 2012. She has just graduated from MSc program of Necmettin Erbakan University Architecture Department with the thesis of sustainable school buildings in the MSc under supervisor of H.Derya Arslan


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How to Cite

Kol Arslan, D., Yıldırım, K., & Gülşeker, E. (2018). Investigation of Architect and Non-Architect Participants’ Perceptual Evaluations on Different Period Mosque Facades. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 6(2), 358–370.