2020 spring was a challenging time for all. Amid the global pandemic of COVID-19, the community of Bilkent Architecture Department displayed great vigor and solidarity. Studios adopted to the new conditions swiftly. With the self-determination of our students and faculty, Bilkent Department of Architecture continued to produce high quality design studies.
The first year studios, departing from the idea of an architectural playground, provided the freshman year students with an open ended design problem that introduces the rich world of architectural design.
Second year studios asked the students to design a community center at Incesu. The design problem was concieved as an introduction to study of urban contextual inputs. Incesu neighborhood with its fragmented urban fabric and physically and historically multi layered context provided a great introduction to the issue.
Having organized a site trip to Rome at the beginning of the semester. The third year studios worked on the urban challenges that the Flaminio district is currently facing.Learning from the Italian history of urbanism and Rome's morphology the third year studios developed comprehensive design solutions.
The graduation studio initiated the production of thesis projects to encourage the fourth year students to further specialize and get ready for the career path that they are willing to pursue.