Institute of Graduate Studies and Research

Architecture (MArch)

Duration 2 Years
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About the Program

The Master in Architecture (M.Arch.) program provides students with a wide perspective by encouraging them to specialize in various areas of architecture. Students gain the required experience of understanding details by evaluating it systematically through the means of different research methods and techniques. Through a number of core and elective courses, students develop their written and spoken skills, sensitivity and understanding by discussing architectural focus within a well-disciplined approach. The program trains students to become self-confident and independent-minded so that they can pursue a successful professional life.

The medium of instruction for the the Master in Architecture (M.Arch.) program is English and a thesis must be submitted for the successful completion of the program. Graduate Studio I and Graduate Studio II are the core courses with other courses being elective. Students must take seven courses, seminar and prepare a thesis.

Eğitim Olanakları

Department of Architecture, within the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, has different qualities regarding the relationship of educational context and scientific fields, the criteria for student acceptance and the institutional framework of the profession. Master in Architecture (M.Arch.) program, considering the multidisciplinary structure of architecture, includes the fields of architectural theory and methods, conservation and restoration, environmental design and technology.

There are 24 full-time, 12 part-time instructors and 4 research assistants in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts Design and Architecture. Considering the development and academic progress of the young academic staff, and ongoing accreditation processes; the Department of Architecture supports the education and research programs at postgraduate level including projects for the public that reflect societal, environmental, cultural and technical dimensions.

CIU Architecture Program

Career Areas

Architects have an extensive field of work as they graduate from the Department of Architecture capable of working with different design disciplines. Graduates of this department can work as freelance architects or as in-house architects in an architectural office; open their own architectural design office; take part in industrial or design process related to technology for the development and production of construction materials; or concentrate on the urban environment. They also have the opportunity to work in research and education as academics.

An architect can have a successful career by making accurate use of human relations and psychology at all stages of their create process. Many architects have achieved successful professions in different fields such as literature, media, cinema, music, industry and entrepreneurship with their original perspective and creativity developed through architectural education.

Contact

Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Education and Graduate Sciences Center, GE106
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
ELECTIVE

Course code

ARCH5X1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

ARCH5X2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

ARCH5X3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

ARCH5X4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

ARCH5X5

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Second Semester
THESIS

Course code

ARCH500

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
Master thesis refers supervised independent research on a topic arranged between the student and faculty member who is assigned as supervisor and approved by the Institute. Graduate students should show their competency in the profession by making the necessary research and writing a research report under the guidance of their supervisor. The student will be responsible to read the recommended readings and to make the research related with the topic. After mutual discussions and critics the student will finalize the thesis. The dissertation must be an original contribution to the field of Architecture, enhancing analytical thinking and developing a systematic approach to the research problem. The research may have qualitative, quantitative or mixed design of research methods.
GRADUATE STUDIO I

Course code

ARCH501

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

10
The studio focuses on the development of a single architectural project over the duration of the semester which also deals with the contemporary cultural, environmental, technical, social and political contexts. The course aims to enable the research students to reach and understand the available environmental evaluation tools of buildings in terms of sustainable building design; and to develop an evaluation skill to measure the environmental performance of their architectural design. The studio suggests a critical approach towards design. It is planned to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with specific design problems, particularly related to the understanding of space, materials and detailing, through lectures, site trips and studio work. The course approaches design as an iterative process including reading, research, critical thinking and presenting.
GRADUATE STUDIO II

Course code

ARCH502

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

10
The studio focuses on the development of a single architectural project over the duration of the semester alongside studying different case studies. The students are expected to conduct their own research in the studio under the supervision of the instructors where they analyse, test and criticize these particular case studies. These studies may be structured around different theoretical concepts or typologies. The studio is supported by theoretical readings and/or individual research. The students are expected to approach critically towards the relationship between form and the program. Projects in the studio can be in various scales and sites. It may include different project briefs, and complexities. They should ponder on spatial and experiential quality, technical proficiency, and conceptual basis, as well as the aesthetic and ethical qualities.
SEMINAR

Course code

ARCH590

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

5
The aim of this major area unit is to develop students' systematic and methodological capability of architectural academic research, improve their ability to research, investigate, evaluate, interpret and synthesize theoretical knowledge and/or practical works independently and unconventionally, and to discuss and present their ideas academically. Graduate seminar gives an opportunity for independent study in various aspects of the research. Small group discussion and critique sessions with faculty supervisors and students are provided. Seminar focuses on dissertation, data collection, programming, building, site selection, design development, documentation and presentation. The course includes the expression of the topic, the discussion on the related theoretical and practical issues, presentation of the consequences, the discussion of seminar subjects of each students with their supervisors.

Optional modules

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH

Course code

ARCH521

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course aims to understand the conceptual framework in an architectural research. The course focuses on the research methods and it aims to provide students qualitative and quantitative skills; and to help students to conceptualize how research can be used in the design process, and how research findings can be integrated into design. The content of the course includes the definition of a research, the process of problem statement, the methodology of literature review, data collection and evaluation, which are correlated with the research design. The students are expected to study a textbook/paper or a case study by its various interpretations; and to define, plan, execute and complete a research project; and understand the basic principles of scientific investigation and the architectural research process.
SPACE, PLACE AND PLACE - MAKING

Course code

ARCH541

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

TYPOMORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS IN URBAN STUDIES

Course code

ARCH536

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

HUMAN FACTORS IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Course code

ARCH526

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Design process of a building starts with the user requirements and activities. Then the building is designed and constructed based on those of requirements and activities. To measure the performance of the occupied building whether it meets the expectations of the design team and the users Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) processes start. POEs are tools used to clarify the relationships between human behavior and the physical environment. Diversity of needs, values, behavioral norms, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures are examined. The implications of this diversity for the societal roles and responsibilities of architects are also considered. POEs are useful tools to identify if the building delivers desired functional use and best value for the investment.
DEVELOPMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCH520

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ERGONOMICS

Course code

INAR505

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course aims to develop the student's ability to critically appraise the knowledge of human factors aspects of indoor ambient environmental conditions. Students analyze the human factors, anthropometric data and their impacts on broad aspects of design development. The physiology and psychology of the client/user are one of the main factors influencing the design of the environment. This course will present design problems that explore issues of ergonomics and proxemics as they apply to interior design. Universal design, the design that creates accessibility, will be the context for the design problems. Discussions will cover the following: interaction of environment and the user’s culture, gender, stage of the life cycle, and physical capabilities.
ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY IN SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES

Course code

ARCH619

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
The course scrutinizes the meaning and significance of architecture and urban space in science fiction movies and how architecture is displayed in dystopian visions of the future in movies of the modern and post-modern eras. The dystopian visions repeatedly suggest an anti-democratic future world of surveillance controlled by the international corporations and authoritarian administrations. The architecture of these worlds is variously rendered in Art Déco, Classicism, the International Style, Brutalism, High Tech / Slick Tech, an eclectic Historicism, in vernacular and “eco-” forms, and situated in (decayed) skyscraper mega-cities or within an idyllic natural environment. The course is based on the analysis of selected movies and the reading of scholarly literature on the subject.
ENVIRONMENTAL AESTHETICS

Course code

ARCH530

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

INTRODUCTION TO EXHIBITION DESIGN

Course code

INAR511

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

GLASS STRUCTURE

Course code

ARCH537

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
The objective of this course is to provide knowledge on the static of advance glass structural systems. Analyze some real systems in detail. Glass facade coating systems and application details will be examined. The course focuses on the suspended glass systems with pre-stressed cable truss (SGSPCT) structure in detail. Design criteria and structural solutions will be examined for suspended glass systems with pre-stress cable truss. The course also focusing glass annex buildings. Historical buildings additions with glass and how can be design and construction also part of the course.1/10 articulated bold and many other detail also will be discuss at the course. Problem solving strategies and behaviour of the stone and glass will be discuss at the course and the reading materials.
COMPUTERS IN DESIGN

Course code

GRDE507

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course focuses on each student's personal design vision. Students explore the specific skills necessary to design posters, catalogues as a unique means of communication. The aim of this course is that introducing students and providing comprehensive knowledge with practices to Graphic Design and digital media applications. Working from concept to finished artwork, students develop to transfer the creative thinking to applications and digital Graphic Design tools, methods and strategies for producing effective graphic design solutions. This course aims to analyze and implement the basics of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional modeling and design in graphic design by using Adobe Programs.
DISCUSSIONS ON ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUTURES

Course code

ARCH603

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

COMPOSITE BUILDING MATERIALS AND DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Course code

ARCH614

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

SPACE, FORM AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

Course code

ARCH529

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

LIGHTING AND COLOR

Course code

GRDE504

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
The aim of the course is to teach the students general color knowledge, color harmony rules, cultural and psychological effects of color, and to provide sustainable use of color in graphic design. The use of color language in subjects such as photography, graphic design, image and meaning, cinema aesthetics is investigated. The effects of color on culture are examined, students conduct research on the relationship between color and culture, write reports and make presentations. Discusses the common and different areas of societies' understanding of color. Observation-based studies are conducted on concepts and images in the context of color and light. The findings obtained from the observations are discussed in the classroom environment and color and image interaction is tried to be defined.
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE RECORDING

Course code

ARCH535

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

DESIGN CULTURE

Course code

ARCT406

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENTS AND SPACE

Course code

ARCH524

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

INTRODUCTION TO INTERIORS

Course code

ARCT309

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

THEORY OF COLOUR

Course code

INAR513

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

HISTORY OF TURKISH & CYPRIOT ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCT311

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN-III

Course code

ARCH301

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

9
The aim of this course is helping students in designing buildings and their environments and/or forming spatial patterns considering the urban and environmental context of high rise public buildings such as offices, hospitals, dormitories, mix use buildings and etc. It also helps students in structuring the necessary orders by researching the properties of the given (virtual and/or natural) topography and the architectural context. Researching to find appropriate construction systems and materials considering the new and advanced technologies of high rise buildings, vertical circulation, accessibility, climate, building physics, urban identity and skyline problems. Understanding different design languages and enhancing design vocabularies by doing research on different applications, Developing self motivation, imagination through generation of ideas and concepts, Exploring advanced representational materials and techniques, modelling, sketching as a way of developing ideas and concepts, computer aided image production, Identification of self mental and manual skills in order to form the individual styles.
SEMIOTICS OF IMAGE

Course code

GRDE503

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course explores the relationship between image and meaning. Students learn and use visual semiotic analysis approach. Advertisements, signs, symbols, films and everyday objects may be the subject of research. Art exhibitions and artwork are also suitable for research environments. The connection between image and meaning is examined in the context of Barthes, Panofsky and Fiske's theories. The relationship between signifier, signifier, sign, semantic definitions, semantic, syntactic and functional analysis methods are investigated and evaluated. Students write observations and semiotic analyzes and report on related topics. Visual materials such as exhibitions, works of art and films can be considered as a subject for examinations.
HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCT312

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURE AND SCIENCE

Course code

ARCH607

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

LIGHTING DESIGN

Course code

INAR510

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

FILM AESTHETICS

Course code

COMM513

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for analyzing film as an art and an aesthetic category. The course focuses on film theories and film criticism and gives special attention to detailed film analyses. Within this context it examines and analyzes the film styles of “auteur” filmmakers and compares their cinematographic styles with those of mainstream filmmakers.
PARADIGMS ON ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCH609

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE RECORDING

Course code

INAR515

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN V

Course code

ARCH401

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

ENVIRONMENT-BEHAVIOR THEORIES

Course code

ARCH601

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

PERFORMANCE OF BUILDING ELEMENTS UNDER ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

Course code

ARCH612

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

CREATIVITY IN ARCHITECTURE DEISGN AND THE ROLE OF METAPHORS

Course code

ARCH621

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

RESEARCH METHODS

Course code

GRDE509

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

In this course, students learn and apply the research methods. They understand how to use the methods such as observation, interview, survey and case analysis. Learning to write a report, an article or a thesis and how to research and learn to search literature are the gains of this course. Students are informed about research methods, and how to use the primary and secondary sources and the ethical writing rules in a content. They will find out how the result of the research will turn into a report, and how the data will turn into an academic text. It is expected that at the end of the semester, students submitted their own academic study.
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE AND ENERGY ON SETTLEMENTS DEISGN

Course code

ARCH613

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Course code

COMM508

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course is designed to examine the internal and external communication systems of business organizations. It is also examined that the uses of communication media such as internet and intranet in organizations.
HISTORY OF FURNITURE AND ARCHITECTURE

Course code

INAR507

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
The course enhances student’s critical comprehension of historic styles and the impact they have on contemporary design solutions. The survey begins with the Egyptian period and provides an overview of the history of furniture and architecture through the Industrial Revolution, including ancient Greece and Rome, the Gothic and Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. Emphasis will be placed on chronological periods, the visual characteristics of each style including regional idiosyncrasies, and the terminology relevant to a study of furniture and architecture. The second part of the course extends the investigation into the 20th century, while addressing issues concerning preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive re-use. With field trips and onsite work, students will become actively involved in stylistic progression and local living history.
RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION I

Course code

ARCT305

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

INTRODUCTION TO URBAN PLANING AND DESIGN

Course code

ARCT204

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

DESIGN ETHICS AND LEGAL ISSUES

Course code

ARCH404

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course intends to clarify the following questions: What is a trademark? How and why is it registered? What is an invention? Patents and utility models. What is a design? How is it protected? Intellectual property, artistic property and copyrights. Design law in practice in TRNC, Turkey and EU. Comprehension of ethical issues in design practice, ability to make firm planning and positioning, competence of managing the business’s finances; preparing design contracts and product pricing, proficiency of dealing with human resources; contracts; agreement with clients; marketing and outreach. Protection of trademarks, designs, and inventions by licence. Design piracy prohibition and related acts. Studies on detail processing, specification writing, surveying and building codes, cost analysis. Working out diagrams, charts and matrices.
INFORMAL HOUSING

Course code

ARCH602

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

PASSIVE SOLAR CONTROL

Course code

ARCH310

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IV

Course code

ARCT302

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCT307

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

HISTORY OF EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCT212

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY

Course code

CVLE532

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
The course on “Concrete Technology” focuses on concrete making materials including supplementary cementitious materials. Concrete production process also forms a part of the discussion. Going through the course one would develop first-hand knowledge on concrete production process and properties and uses of concrete as a modern material of construction. The courses will enable one to make appropriate decision regarding ingredient selection and use of concrete. The course is investigated, concrete types and practical application. It helps the selection of concrete and arranges the mix proportions (mix design), fresh and hardened concrete properties. Mechanical and thermal properties of concrete are considered to Curing technology and shrinkage/crack sensitivity. And also Permeability and durability with regard to physical and chemical deterioration, including reinforcement corrosion.
CONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND SCHEDULING

Course code

CVLE561

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course aims to increase and improve the working knowledge of students in project planning & scheduling by means of introducing students to the advanced principles of project planning, scheduling, and control. The objective is for the student to develop an understanding of the advanced concepts of project planning, scheduling and control, and of the methods and tools utilized to implement those principles. To achieve the objective following concepts are covered in depth. Phases of project. Contractual arrangements. Organisational structure. Work breakdown structure (WBS) and coding system. Deterministic scheduling techniques. Linking WBS and critical path method (CPM). Statistical approach to project scheduling. Project control. Reporting progress. Resources management. Least cost scheduling.
NEW COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

Course code

COMM510

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
Focusing primarily on the internet and digital cultures, this course will explore the theoretical and practical debates that have developed around the concept of ‘new media’. Topics to be studied include interactivity, social networking, media convergence, cyberculture and the emergence of ‘web 2.0’. Are these developments anticipated by pre-existing studies of communication practice, or are new theoretical models required to understand them?
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Course code

EMNT524

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

RESEARCH METHODS

Course code

EMNT525

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

BEHAVIOUR AND ANALYSIS OF STRUCTURES II

Course code

ARCT304

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN V

Course code

ARCT401

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION-I

Course code

ARCH305

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

This course, in which the theoretical basis related to the preservation of historical structures is formed, includes preservation of historical environment, history of contemporary preservation, restoration and refitting techniques, preservation standards, definition of valuable structures, domestic and international regulations and organizations regarding preservation, examples from the world heritage list and exemplary structures that are preserved. The course also includes understanding the deterioration on structures and the underlying reasons and how to make the necessary archive research before starting a restoration project of a historical structure. The aim of the course can be listed as analyzing the current condition of a historical structure and identifying necessary preservation techniques and offering suggestions as to the reuse of the structures.
INTEGRATED APPLICATION PROJECT

Course code

ARCH403

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course aims to synthesise the occupational knowledge gained in the theoretical disciplines and the actual application. Students are provided with the awareness and ability of integrating the environmental, spatial, structural, functional and aesthetical decisions that are essential for the construction of a building in a holistic manner. Within this context, it is aimed to encourage students to search and to create their own solutions according to their project proposals. The course deals with the application drawings of the completed architectural project in detail and the expression and presentation techniques and standards that are applied in harmony with the working stages. Within this process, it is also expected to equip students with professional practice.

Students who are interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies leading to a master’s, doctoral degree, or professional doctorate degree for the Fall and Spring semesters every year. Applicants can directly apply online to our graduate programs using the application portal.

TR Applicants- Required documents:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Valid ALES result document (must not exceed 5 years),
  • Documents to prove English proficiency for English language departments,
  • Scanned copy of passport or identity card.

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TRNC Applicants- Required documents:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Documents to prove English proficiency for English language departments,
  • Scanned copy of passport or identity card.

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Students who are interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies leading to a master’s, doctoral degree, or professional doctorate degree for the Fall and Spring semesters every year. Applicants can directly apply online to our graduate programs using the application portal.

International Applicants- Required documents;

  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Evidence of English Language competence: TOEFL (65 IBT) or IELTS (5.5). Students without these documents will take the CIU English proficiency exam on campus following arrival.
  • Scanned copy of international passport/birth certificate
  • CV
  • Fully completed and signed CIU Rules and Regulations document (which can be downloaded during the online application)

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Fee pe​r course     € 350,00
Fee for thesis     € 1.050,00
Fee for seminar     € 120,00 
Scientific Foundation per course     € 150,00
Registration and other fees* € 245,00
Student Union fee € 50,00    
  VAT Exc.

*Applies to 1st. Year students. € 195,00 for others.