Institute of Graduate Studies and Research

Architecture (PhD)

Duration 5 Years
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About the Program

The Doctorate of Architecture Course (Ph.D.) contributes to students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of architecture, the planning, designing and construction of buildings. Students are expected to carry out research, discuss and express their thoughts analytically in written and oral form.

The program allows for the learning of architectural theories and their application, methods and techniques in a variety of core and elective modules. As technology and economy are constantly developing, students are encouraged to become innovative, creative, independent, dynamic and productive researchers and instructors.

Students are required to continue the Doctorate of Architecture program for at least eight semesters and take seven core courses and a seminar. Assuming that they succeed in the Ph.D. qualifying examination, students successfully concluding the course must, in light of the suggestions from their supervisors, prepare a thesis on a topic contributing to the literature, and defend it before a jury.

Education Opportunities

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

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 the Ph.D. level including both projects for public service and societal, environmental, cultural, and technical dimensions.

CIU Architecture Program

Career Areas

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

An architect can have a successful career by accurately making use of human relations and psychology in all parts of creativity. 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
Graduate Sciences and Education 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
ELECTIVE

Course code

ARCH5X6

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

THESIS

Course code

ARCH600

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

SEMINAR

Course code

ARCH690

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

Philosophy of Science

Course code

PHIL601

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course will follow three main paths: Firstly it will introduce philosophy to doctoral students. The meaning of philosophy, its scope, its sub-branches and its different schools will be the subject topic of the first weeks. Then the course will focus on the relation of philosophy with the sources of knowledge and different sciences. Here, Rationalism, Empiricism and Intuitionism will be covered during the following weeks. In the remaining weeks the course will concentrate on philosophy of science and scientific ethics. Logical positivism, paradigm changes, falsificationism, the questions of “what is science”, “what is pseudo-science?”, “what is the relation between theory and reality?” are amongst topics that will be covered. Finally, the course will concentrate on ethical theories and will particularly cover scientific ethics.
Third Semester
QUALIFICATION EXAM

Course code

ARCH650

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

Optional modules

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.
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.
DISCUSSIONS ON ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUTURES

Course code

ARCH603

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

SPACE, PLACE AND PLACE - MAKING

Course code

ARCH541

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURE AND SCIENCE

Course code

ARCH607

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ENVIRONMENT-BEHAVIOR THEORIES

Course code

ARCH601

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

CULTURE AND SPACE STUDIES

Course code

ARCH604

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

AESTHETIC PHENOMENON IN ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCH606

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

PERFORMANCE OF BUILDING ELEMENTS UNDER ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

Course code

ARCH612

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

PARADIGMS ON ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCH609

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

EFFECTS OF CLIMATE AND ENERGY ON SETTLEMENTS DEISGN

Course code

ARCH613

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

COMPOSITE BUILDING MATERIALS AND DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Course code

ARCH614

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

TYPOMORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS IN URBAN STUDIES

Course code

ARCH536

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

INFORMAL HOUSING

Course code

ARCH602

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.
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.
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.
SPACE, FORM AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

Course code

ARCH529

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS MANAGEMENT

Course code

ARCH616

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENTS AND SPACE

Course code

ARCH524

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.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IV

Course code

ARCT302

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

Philosophy of Science

Course code

PHIL601

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course will follow three main paths: Firstly it will introduce philosophy to doctoral students. The meaning of philosophy, its scope, its sub-branches and its different schools will be the subject topic of the first weeks. Then the course will focus on the relation of philosophy with the sources of knowledge and different sciences. Here, Rationalism, Empiricism and Intuitionism will be covered during the following weeks. In the remaining weeks the course will concentrate on philosophy of science and scientific ethics. Logical positivism, paradigm changes, falsificationism, the questions of “what is science”, “what is pseudo-science?”, “what is the relation between theory and reality?” are amongst topics that will be covered. Finally, the course will concentrate on ethical theories and will particularly cover scientific ethics.
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.
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE RECORDING

Course code

INAR515

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

TURKISH TRADITIONAL HOUSE

Course code

ARCH622

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

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.
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.
SOCIAL GENDER AND MEDIA

Course code

COMM606

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
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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.
LIGHTING DESIGN

Course code

INAR510

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

DEVELOPMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCH520

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

DOCUMENTARY FILM AND TELEVISION

Course code

COMM622

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course will consider the history, theory and aesthetics of the documentary, both on film and on television. We will examine the tools and techniques available to documentary filmmakers, and consider the different ways in which they have been used to represent reality. The course will also address the political dimensions of documentary production, including propaganda, and will ask whether objectivity is possible within the form. Key productions for discussion will include: Nanook of the North (1922), The War Game (1965), High School (1968), Hearts and Minds (1974), The Thin Blue Line (1988) and The Death of Yugoslavia (1995).
RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION I

Course code

ARCT305

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

DESIGN CULTURE

Course code

ARCT406

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

STATICS FOR ARCHITECTS

Course code

ARCT107

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

BUILDING PHYSICS I

Course code

ARCT209

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

HISTORY OF EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE

Course code

ARCT212

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.

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 and Master’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Valid ALES result in document (must not exceed 5 years),
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  • Scanned copy of passport or identity card.

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  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s and Master’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:

  • A valid Bachelor’s Degree and transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • A valid Master’s Degree and 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
  • Ph.D. research proposal
  • 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     € 650,00
Fee for thesis (4 Semesters) € 2.600,00
Fee for seminar     € 200,00 
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.