Design of Future Living Spaces

Beykoz University Architecture Program, which adopts the vision of training leading architects who design the living spaces of the future and shape the future of our cities, aims to equip its graduates with the necessary competencies to become conscious of the humane, functional, technical, urban-environmental components of architecture and to integrate them in a meaningful and creative way. The program aims to graduate its graduates as architects who can think critically, conduct methodological research and experiment, integrate academic learning with practical application, in order to contribute to scientific development and knowledge production processes in the field of architecture.

Who is an Architect?

The architect is a technical expert who designs buildings according to the environmental, social and cultural context, taking into account user needs, and supervises the construction of buildings in accordance with their project. The main working area of the architect is buildings and associated buildings. The robustness, aesthetic properties and usefulness of the building are the responsibility areas of the architect.

Famous architect F.L Wright said that “Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form”, emphasizing that the building designed by the architect will form the life of the user of the building.

Architects own the copyright of the building they are projecting (subject to the law of intellectual and artistic works).

What Kind of Work Does an Architect Do?

Architecture is an expertise dependent on the structure, needs, economic data and technological developments of the society. When organizing comfortable spaces for people, it takes into account the requirements regarding durability and aesthetics.

Architecture is the art of designing the aesthetic and usefulness of the structures in which people will live.

The architect does the following to achieve this goal:

Examining whether the building to be built is in accordance with the city development plan

Determining the wishes, opinions and financial opportunities of the people who will use the building

Preparation of the project of the building with the plan, section and view drawings

Preparation of mock-ups that show how the building will take shape when built.

3D visualizations of the building

Establishing the static, sanitary and electrical processes of the building to be constructed with civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, supervising the coordination and execution of mechanical-electrical-static projects.

Preparation of an application project containing more detailed information that will allow the construction of the building on the construction site.

Checking whether the building is suitable for its project

Preparation of a renovation project for changes or repairs in existing buildings

Architecture Education

The duration of architectural education is four years. In the first year of education, basic architecture courses are given. In the following years, courses with more comprehensive and advanced architectural knowledge based on design and plan drawing are taught.

The following courses are included in the Beykoz University architecture bachelor degree curriculum.

  • Basic Design
  • Graphic Expression
  • Architectural Mathematics
  • Computer Use in Architecture
  • Building Information and Materials
  • Building Components
  • Architectural Design
  • History of Architecture
  • Static and Strength
  • Behavior and Analysis of Structures
  • Structural Design
  • Computer Based Architectural Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Detail Information
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Installation Information
  • Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Buildings
  • Urban Planning and Urban Design
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Economics
  • Zoning Legislation
  • Sustainable Architecture

The program also includes elective courses.

Architectural Design Studio

There is an architectural design course in the architectural program every semester. In this course, students make architectural projects under the supervision of faculty members in the architecture studio.

Competence Development Program

Today, the business world expects university graduates to enter the business life by acquiring some critical competencies as well as theoretical knowledge in their fields. With the “Competency Development Program” of our university, we aim for our students to graduate by developing themselves in the basic and managerial 14 Competencies required by the 21st century business world as well as the knowledge of the field they study. In this way, our engineers and architects, who graduate from our faculty, are embarked on the business world, along with the critical fundamental and managerial competencies they have gained during their education life and start their careers with a great advantage.

Internship and Workplace

Internship and work in the workplace are important for architectural education. For this, the following internships are done in architectural education:

Architectural Office Internship

Construction Site Internship

The education model of Beykoz University is based on working in a workplace in the field where the last period of the four-year bachelor” education consists of eight terms. Thus, when the student graduates, he starts his business life one step ahead.


It is important for architects to be able to follow developments in their profession in English, to work for international companies and to communicate with abroad. For this reason, there are English lessons in Beykoz University architecture program.

Diploma and Title Acquired with Architectural Education

Those who have successfully completed their education are provided with Bachelor Diploma for Architecture and the title of Architect.

What are the Features Required by the Architecture Profession?

Those who want to become architects must have the following features:

  • Being able to see the form and space relationships
  • Coordinate hand and eye use
  • Interest in visual arts
  • Creative
  • Aesthetic opinion
  • Being able to influence others
  • Open to innovation
  • Open to criticism
  • Careful and meticulous
  • Detailer
  • Investigative
  • Following technological developments

Architects' Workspaces and Job Opportunities

Architects can work in construction firms, engineering architecture offices of businesses. In addition, they can work and open offices in public companies such as the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Construction and Housing, Provincial Bank and Municipalities.

Although the use of computers and technological advances in the field of architecture facilitates drawing, price determination and calculation, there is a need for staff who speak foreign languages ​​and can use computers in this field.

People who graduate from the faculties of architecture in our country can immediately start the profession and open an office. However, after graduating in most European countries, it is required to work for an experienced person for a certain period of time in order to work as an authorized person. Experienced, qualified architects are always needed in the market.

Master and Doctorate

Those studying architecture can continue their education at master's and doctorate level. Master's students receive the title of Master Architect. Those who complete their doctorate become researchers and academicians. It can be specialized in areas such as design, restoration, construction management at master's and doctorate level.

What is the Difference Between Architect and Civil Engineer?

While the architect is concerned with the building and the structures associated with the buildings, the civil engineer is concerned with all the different structures except the building such as roads, bridges, dams, ports, airports. The static engineer (civil engineer) makes the calculations and the preparation of the static projects in the context of the carrier and durability of the building where the architect prepares the architectural project. Static engineering is a branch of civil engineering. The architect inspects the static project provided from the static engineer for compliance with the architectural project and requests the necessary arrangements. The architect works in the same way with other engineering and mechanical and electrical engineers, and coordinates the preparation of their projects.

What is the Difference Between Architect and Interior Architect?

While the architect is doing the project of the whole building, the interior designer makes projects for the decoration of the interiors of the building. Interior architecture is related to the interior designs that require more detail. The architect is responsible for the interior and exterior design of a building, design interiors when necessary.

What Is the Difference Between Architect and Landscape Architect?

Landscape architect designs open spaces. Landscape architect is concerned with equipping open spaces with trees and plants and determining usage functions such as transition areas.

What is the Difference Between Architect and Urban Planner?

Urban planning is a branch of architecture and included as a course in architectural programs. Urban planning education can also be taken extensively as a four-year bachelor program, thereby obtaining a urban planner diploma. The urban planner works on determining the usage areas of the city and their usage functions such as residential area, green area, social area, transportation network, and criteria such as density, floor height, and city plans.



This content was updated on 28/04/2020.


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