• Sağra Çakır Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • Gökçe Tuna Taygun Yıldız Technical University



Environment, Environmental Education, Green Schools, Green School Design Criteria, School Buildings



It is seen that major repairs and refurbishments in existing school buildings in Turkey are mostly intended for structural reinforcement and physical facilities, and the Green School design principles are not considered in the process of the new school designs and refurbishment applications in existing schools. Moreover, the participation of students, teachers and parents in “environmental decisions” in design process regarding school building and its environment is not ensured sufficiently. The purpose of the research is to determine of the knowledge, views, wishes and tendencies of the students, teachers and parents which are the three main components of the school community related to the general characteristics of the school building and its contribution to environmental education.


A questionnaire form was used as a tool. The survey was conducted in two secondary schools in Ankara in 2017-2018 academic year. Data were analyzed with SPSS 24.0 with the help of experts.


The majority of the participants believe that the open spaces in the schools do not provide enough opportunities for interaction with the natural environment, the green spaces in the schools are not sufficient in terms of quality and quantity, the noise in the classrooms is clearly disturbing, but the artificial lighting, temperature and ventilation were found to be relatively adequate.

Research Limitations/Implications

When selecting the schools, it was among the schools that are planned to be maintained and repaired in the 2018-2019 academic year by the Ministry of National Education and the schools built after 1990 taking into consideration compliance with today’s conditions and the adaptability of technological systems.


This research stimulates readers and stakeholders to discuss the environmental education provided to the future decision makers (children) through the school buildings.

Author Biographies

Sağra Çakır, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Graduated from the Department of Architecture at Dokuz Eylül University as an architect in 2011. She completed her master's thesis on “Green School Design Principles” at Yıldız Technical University in 2017. She has been working as an architect at the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism since 2013.

Gökçe Tuna Taygun, Yıldız Technical University

She graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 1995 and completed his master's degree in 1998 and his doctorate in 2005. She has been working as a research assistant at YTU Faculty of Architecture Department of Construction Science since 1996. She has been working as a Vice Head of Department of Architecture at Yıldız Technical University.


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How to Cite

Çakır, S., & Tuna Taygun, G. (2021). THE RE-EVALUATION OF EXISTING SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN TURKEY WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF ‘GREEN SCHOOL’. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 9(1), 192–219.