Environmental Approach In Interior Design Education In Turkey


  • Derya Adıgüzel İstanbul Kültür University,
  • Ayşen Ciravoğlu Yıldız Technical University,


Sustainability, Environmental Approach, Environmental Awareness, Interior Design Education, Student Awareness.


These days there has been a severe encroachment on nature, a large amount of waste being generated, and natural resources being used irresponsibly during the design, application and usage phases of buildings. Environmental sensitivity is necessary during the construction of new buildings and re-usage of current buildings to resolve environmental problems. In order to increase environmental sensitivity, a great responsibility falls onto interior design along with other disciplines during the creation of living spaces. The accumulation of knowledge from career training and the level of awareness will determine the practical development of environmentally sensitive interior design. Therefore the purpose of this article is to make a determination of the current state of environmental design in interior design education in Turkey. The degree to which environmental design is reflected in the curricula of interior design departments was studied. The relationship between the awareness level of the students and the educational programs will be presented through three samples. Surveys were conducted at three universities that have varying degrees of environmental design within the interior design curricula. As a result, the importance of having an environmentally conscious design understanding within the curricula of interior design and recommendations for improving the environmental design awareness of students will be presented in this article.


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Author Biographies

Derya Adıgüzel, İstanbul Kültür University,

Derya Adıgüzel got her BSc degree in Department of Interior Architecture at Istanbul Technical University by taking the third place in 2009. She was graduated with the dissertation titled “Environmental Approach to Interior Architecture Education in Turkey” in Department of Design at Kadir Has University in 2011. In 2007, she attended international “Design Connects” Coburg & ITU Workshops and Venice Workshop in 2008. Leading through her education, she worked with Phare Design team and attended to Istanbul Design Week with lighting and chandelier collection. She proceeded to complete her PhD degree at Istanbul Kültür University, Department of Architecture and working as a research assistant at the same university, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design.

Ayşen Ciravoğlu, Yıldız Technical University,

Ayşen Ciravoğlu was born in Istanbul in 1977. She has completed her bachelor degree in Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Architecture in 1998; her masters’ degree in 2001 in Istanbul Technical University, Institute of Science, Building Science Programme with a thesis entitled “On Workshop-Studio Coherence in Architectural Design Education”. In 2006, she has received her PhD degree with her research on “An Alternative Approach Towards the Idea of Sustainability and Architecture Interaction: Impact of “Place” on Environmental Awareness”, from Yıldız Technical University, Institute of Science, Building Planning and Research Programme. She is still working in YTU as an Associate Professor on education and research of architectural design theories and methods. She is tutoring architectural studios in several levels in both graduate and undergraduate programmes and she is conducting a lesson called “Sustainable Architecture-Critical Approach” in Building Planning and Research graduate programme. Ciravoğlu has won EAAE (European Association for Architectural Education) Prize in 2002 with her article entitled “On Formal and Informal Studies in Architectural Design Education”. She is in editorial board of both Mimarlık and mimar.ist issued by Chamber of Architects of Turkey. She is/had been member of executive boards of MİMED (Association for Architectural Education), MİV (Foundation of Architecture), Istanbul Branch of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey and ICUS (International Centre for Urban Studies). She organizes/takes part in many national/international formal/informal activities concerning design and city. Her publications are mainly on sustainable architecture, architectural design, environmental issues, high-rise buildings and critics on architecture.


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How to Cite

Adıgüzel, D., & Ciravoğlu, A. (2013). Environmental Approach In Interior Design Education In Turkey. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 1(2), 164–188. Retrieved from https://iconarp.ktun.edu.tr/index.php/iconarp/article/view/25