GRADUATE STUDIES in ARCHITECTURE

Department of Architecture offers Master of Science in Architecture to equip students with advanced skills in architectural design and in-depth critical thinking on architectural theories. The graduate program invites students who would like to excel in using current technologies in design and broaden ways of creative thinking.

Areas of Specialization:
* Social, cultural, historical and theoretical aspects of architecture.
* Current technologies in design.

Admissions:

All applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Architecture degree or a B.S. degree in a related field of design. Students with a B.S. degree in a related field may be requested to take several undergraduate courses in architecture to acquire necessary background in the field.

Admission requirements include ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and a statement of purpose. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and/or Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may submit GRE exam results instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English. Applicants who meet the requirements are invited for an interview upon which the applicant’s admission is decided.

Application deadline: 2 June 2021
Date of interview: 28-30 June 2021

Contact Person:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Şenyapılı, Department Chair
E-mail: burcu@bilkent.edu.tr For application requirements and more information: http://mfbe.bilkent.edu.tr/

Courses and Degree Requirements:

Degree Requirements:
Following the completion of at least 21 credit units of course work in the first year of study, the candidates must prepare and successfully defend a thesis through taking two seminar courses in their area of specialization. The duration of the program is four semesters.

Courses:

Course CodeCourse NameCourse Credit 
  BilkentECTS
ARCH 513 Theory and Methodology35
ARCH 514Architectural Readings35
ARCH 515Topics in Architectural Technology35
ARCH 516Computational Design Technologies35
ARCH 517
(ARCH417)
Advanced Visualization Studio35
ARCH 533Analysis of Buildings35
ARCH 534Structural Analysis35
ARCH 550Current Issues in Architectural Design35
ARCH 563
(ARCH463)
Modern Turkish Architecture35
ARCH 564Space and Culture35
ARCH 565
(ARCH465)
Contemporary Architecture and Theory35
ARCH 566
(ARCH466)
Architectural Theory and Criticism35
ARCH 590ARCH Graduate Seminar--1
ARCH 599Master's Thesis--71


Requirements:

 Course Credit  
Course CodeCourse NameBilkentECTSSpecifications / When to enroll
GE 500Research Methods and
Academic Publication Ethics
--1To be enrolled in the 1st and 2nd semester
GE 590Academic Practices--12To be enrolled EVERY semester
ARCH 590(ARCH) Graduate Seminar--1To be enrolled in the 3rd semester of the program
ARCH 599Master's Thesis--71To be enrolled EVERY semester except the 1st semester
ARCH513 (or GE512) *1 Core Graduate Course35To be enrolled within the first year of the program
ARCH5XX *2 Restricted Graduate Electives3 credit (each)5 credit (each)Any ARCH5XX coded courses with minimum 3 credits
5XX or 6XX *4 Graduate Electives 3 credit (each)5 credit (each)Any 5XX or 6XX coded courses with minimum 3 credits (with the consent of the program coordinator/advisor)
 Total21  
     
* at least 21 credit course work.

** Following the completion of at least 21 credit units of course work, preferably in the first year of study, the candidates must prepare and successfully defend a thesis by the end of their second year. The expected duration of the program is four semesters.

** Students with a B.S. degree not in architecture but in a related field will be expected to take three (3) undergraduate courses in architecture in addition to the regular course load requirement to acquire necessary background in the field. 

** After fulfilling the course load required for the degree, the student can enroll to additional courses.

Advisors:

Aysu Berk Haznedaroğlu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Aysu Berk received her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her research interests are shaped around the relationship between structural system-form, architectural geometry, construction and construction process of free-form structures and the importance of material selection in this process. Berk published in the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities and Automation in Construction. She teaches Basic Design, Structural Analysis, and Structural Design.


Office: FF121-A
Tel: 2735
E-mail: aysu.berk [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Burcu Şenyapılı Özcan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department Chair

Dr. Burcu Şenyapılı Özcan, recieved her PhD. in 1998 from Bilkent University. She has also worked at Carnegie Mellon University as a Fulbright Scholar. She has worked on projects carried out by the Columbia University's Art History, Archeology and Historical Protection Center. She has published in the journals such as Design Studies, Automation in Construction, International Journal of Technology and Design Education. Her research interest are architectural design, design education, computer-aided design, history of architecture and e-learning. She teaches Design Studio and Computer Aided Design courses.


Office:FF304A
Tel:3463
E-mail: burcu [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Bülent Batuman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Associate Dean

Dr. Bülent Batuman studied at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and received his Ph.D. in History and Theory of Art and Architecture from State University of New York–Binghamton in 2006. His research areas include social production and politics of built environment, history and theory of modern architecture and urbanism, and urban politics. His articles have been published in various journals including Journal of Architecture, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Urban History, Urban Studies and Political Geography. His current research focuses on the architectural politics of Islamism and his latest book New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey was published by Routledge in 2018. He is member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban History and Praksis. He was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Penn State University in the 2017-18 academic year.


Office:FA 108
Tel:1828
E-mail: batuman [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Chen-Yu Chiu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, on leave

Dr. Chen-yu Chiu received his PhD from the University of Melbourne. He conducted projects with Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Alvar Aalto Museum and Finnish Architectural Museum at Aalto University, where he pursued his post-doctoral research and various lectures. His articles were published in journals such as Journal of Architecture, Journal of Literature and Art Studies, and Journal of the European Architectural History Network. Chiu's work focuses on the intercultural dimensions of architectural theory, history and design. He teaches Architectural Theory and Criticism and Architectural Design Studio.


Office: FF-206
Tel: 2590
E-mail: chen-yu.chiu [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Giorgio Gasco, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Giorgio Gasco received his PhD in 2007 from Barcelona Polytechnic University. His research interests cover architectural design, design education, 20th century architectural history and theories. Gasco continues his research on the restoration work of the early Republican principles in Turkey, design education and the concept space. He has publications in Belleten, DC Papers: Architectural Critic Review and Abitare. He teaches Architectural Design Studio, Architectural Theory and Criticism, and History of Architecture courses.


Office: FF-122A
Tel 1593
E-mail: giorgio.gasco [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Mark Paul Frederickson, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor

Dr. Mark Frederickson received his Ph.D. in Architecture with a minor in Management from the University of California in Los Angeles / UCLA, and his M.ARCH. and B.ARCH. from the University of Arizona. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer, an ORS Scholar with the University of Edinburgh, and the recipient of three Senior Fulbright Scholar Awards as well as a Fulbright Specialist Appointment to the Czech Republic. Dr. Frederickson has taught and practiced Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in a range of cultural, environmental, and professional contexts in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He is internationally recognized for his award winning projects in urban design and small town revitalization. He has presented keynote addresses in both Latin America and the Middle-East, and has developed design and planning projects on four different continents. His retirement from the University of Arizona has allowed him to continue his focus on international collaboration. Dr. Frederickson currently consults with universities in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, including Bilkent University and ARCHIP, where he assists in the development of new programs in Architecture and Planning. He is a LEED accredited professional.


Office: FF-504
Tel: 2576
E-mail: frederickson [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Zühre Sü Gül, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice

Dr. Zühre Sü Gül, received her PhD from Middle East Technical University in 2015. Her field of expertise is architectural acoustics. She continues her research on room acoustics, building acoustics, noise control in buildings, vibration isolation, acoustical materials, coupled spaces, modeling of sound fields by diffusion equation. Gül's work has been published in the Journal of Acoustical Society of America, the Journal of Computational Acoustics, Applied Acoustics, Building Acoustics, and Architectural Science Review. She teaches Environmental Technology, Architectural Design Studio, Architectural Lighting and Acoustics and Fire Safety.


Office: FF-307
Tel: 2641
E-mail: zuhre [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Ayşe Henry, Ph.D.
Instructor (Co-Advisorship Only)

Dr. Ayşe Henry received her PhD in 2015 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus specifically on the Late Antique and Byzantine periods, covering general themes such as the space and divinity and the conservation of historical sites. She recently wrote a book section on these topics. She conducted and participated in several excavations and surveys, and is currently the director of Kozkalesi Survey at Hatay. She teaches Medieval Architecture, Conservation of Historical Environments, History of Built Environment and Basic Design courses.


Office: FF-310A
Tel: 2593
E-mail: ayse.henry [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Segah Sak, Ph.D.
Instructor (Co-Advisorship Only)

Dr. Segah Sak received her Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture from Bilkent University in 2013. She conducted her post-doctoral research at the Center for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, UK, through the international post-doctoral scholarship from TUBİTAK. Her research lies in the intersection of urban issues, memory studies and digital humanities. In addition to book sections, she has published articles in the Journal of Urban History and Space and Culture. Sak teaches Architecture and Society, Urban Metabolism, 4th year Architectural Design Studio and Basic Design.


Office: FA211
Tel: 2255
E-mail: segah [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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Yiğit Acar, Ph.D.
Instructor (Co-Advisorship Only)

Dr. Yiğit Acar received his Ph.D. in Architecture from Middle East Technical University in 2017. His research interests include theory of architecture and urbanism, urban design, mapping, data mining and visualization. He has participated in numerous architectural competitions and received multiple awards, and published in various journals. He teaches Architectural Design Studio, Designing with Digital Media, Architectural Drawing and Computerized Presentation Techniques.


Office: FF-108
Tel: 2825
E-mail: yigit.acar [at] bilkent.edu.tr
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CONCLUDED THESES:

TRACING CONSERVATIVE MODERNIZATION of TURKEY BETWEEN 2010-2020: SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE in ISTANBUL’S HISTORICAL PENINSULA
Author: Nilgün Lale
Advisor: Giorgio Gasco
January 2021

SOCIAL AFFORDANCES of RESIDENTIAL OPEN SPACES: CASE STUDY of DIKMEN VALLEY, ANKARA
Author: Mahya Roshani
Advisor: Bülent Batuman
December 2020

ARCHITECTURE and CINEMA: ANALYSIS of the RELATIONSHIP between NARRATIVE and ARCHITECTURAL SPACE in CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S The DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY
Author: Berrin Barut
Advisor: Aysu Berk Haznedaroğlu
November 2020

BIOMIMETIC ACOUSTIC METAMATERIAL DESIGN for ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS
Author: Beyza Yazıcı
Advisor: Zühre Sü Gül
August 2020

BUILDING of a “NEW” ARCHITECTURAL TRADITION in KYRGYZSTAN: The CASE STUDY of the OPEN AIR PARK MANAS AYILI
Author: Zhamilia Baiborieva
Advisor: Giorgio Gasco
January 2020

ISLAMIC FEMINISM as an INQUIRY into the CREATION of MOTHERS’ PRADISE WOMEN-ONLY PARK, TEHRAN
Helyaneh Aboutalebi Tabrizi
Advisor: Chen-Yu Chiu
July 2019

THE CHANGING DYNAMICS of the ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION in TURKEY, 1960s-1970s: The RISE of PARTICIPATORY DESIGN and the EXPERIMENTAL CASE OF İZMİT NEW SETTELEMENTS PROJECT
Author: Eda Bozkurt
Advisor: Giorgio Gasco
July 2019

SMART CITIES; ANALYZING THEMES and CONCEPTS of SMARTNESS in URBAN ENVIROMENTS
Author: Ali Yousefimehr
Advisor: Giorgio Gasco
July 2019

A COORDINATE SYSTEM PROPOSAL for INVESTIGATING the CHANGING BODY-SPACE RELATIONSHIP REGARDING INTERACTIVITY
Author: Aslı Erdem
Advisor: Burcu Şenyapılı Özcan
June 2019

A CLASSIFICATION MATRIX PROPOSAL for DIGITAL FABRICATION TECHNIQUES in ARCHITECTURE
Author: Selen Öztürk
Advisor: Burcu Şenyapılı Özcan
November 2018

COGNITIVE COMPARISON of USING HAND SKETCHING and PARAMETRIC TOOLS in the CONCEPTUAL DESIGN PHASE
Author: Adel Gürel
Advisor: Burcu Şenyapılı Özcan
November 2018