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Architecture (PhD)

PhD in Architecture postgraduate programme constitutes the development of different approaches, strategies and models about design, theory/criticism and application in architecture; the interaction between theory and practice in architectural research; rethinking issues such as spatial experience, environmental meaning, urban memory, image, identity, aesthetics and ethics within the framework of current dynamics; questioning the interdisciplinary structure in human-environment relations; spatial relations, city, culture, politics, economy, and so on. It is the ability to critically evaluate the contexts.

Understanding and interpreting architecture in relation to different disciplines; it is the development of new design strategies regarding architectural design education and the production of architectural design knowledge.

As a graduate with a PhD degree, you have the opportunity to start your career in academia as an early career academic involved in teaching and learning in higher education institutions or possibly pursue a career in research and development in research institutes in one of the many related fields in which you have expertise.

FIRST SEMESTER 1 compulsory+ 3 electives SECOND SEMESTER 1 compulsory+ 3 electives
Course Code Course Name T U K A Course Code Course Name T U K A
ARCH 601 Advanced Research Methods and Scientific Ethics 2 2 3 15 ARCH 602 Seminar 0 0 0 15
ARCH XXX Elective 3 0 3 5 ARCH XXX Elective 3 0 3 5
ARCH XXX Elective 3 0 3 5 ARCH XXX Elective 3 0 3 5
ARCH XXX Elective 3 0 3 5 ARCH XXX Elective 3 0 3 5
TOTAL 12 30 TOTAL 9 30
THIRD SEMESTER PHD THESIS FORTH SEMESTER PHD THESIS
Course Code Course Name T U K A Course Code Course Name T U K A
ARCH 603 Qualification Exam 0 0 0 30 ARCH 604 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 30
TOTAL 0 30 TOTAL 0 30
FIFTH SEMESTER PHD THESIS SIXTH SEMESTER PHD THESIS
Course Code Course Name T U K A Course Code Course Name T U K A
ARCH 604 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 30 ARCH 604 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 30
TOTAL 0 30 TOTAL 0 30
SEVENTH SEMESTER PHD THESIS EIGHT SEMESTER PHD THESIS
Course Code Course Name T U K A Course Code Course Name T U K A
ARCH 604 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 30 ARCH 604 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 30
TOTAL 0 30 TOTAL 0 30
Course Code Course Title T P C ECTS
ARCH 522 Today in the Future: Environment and Technology in Science Fiction Film 3 0 3 5
ARCH 524 City and Resistance 3 0 3 5
ARCH 513 Advanced Materials and Production Methods 3 0 3 5
ARCH 515 Project Management 3 0 3 5
ARCH 526 Contemporary Building Art 3 0 3 5
ARCH 517 Architectural Thought on Environment 3 0 3 5
ARCH 528 Human Machine Relationship 3 0 3 5
ARCH 530 Architecture, Art and Design in Cyprus 3 0 3 5
ARCH 610 Environmental Behavior Theories 3 0 3 5
ARCH 611 Inclusive Design and Community Welfare 3 0 3 5
ARCH 612 Special Topics in Architectural Design 3 0 3 5

ARCH 601 Advanced Research Methods and Scientific Ethics


The aim of this course is to convey the importance, meaning, types of research, the place of theory and hypothesis in research. The aim of this graduate course is to examine students' research process in design, social sciences and art studies. The course will cover the student's research methods and approaches in design, social sciences and arts, data collection, data analysis and synthesis. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to better understand a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in design research. This course also aims to develop students' skills such as reading academic texts critically, writing scientific texts, and developing research questions. It offers a general research methodology and discusses a wide range of disciplines that can be used as specific methods / tools in design-related research such as philosophy, sociology, and anthropology, and aims to establish the infrastructure required to write master's theses within the framework of scientific ethics.



    Learning Resources:
  • Leonard, Neil and Ambrose, Gavin (2012). Design Research: Investigation for Successful Creative Solutions. Lausanne: AVA Academia.

    Mannay, D. (2016). Visual, narrative and creative research methods: application, reflection and ethics. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
    Lucas, Ray (2016) Research Methods for Architecture. London: Laurence King Publishing.

  • Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2018). Research methods in education. London New York: Routledge.
    Johnson, B. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research : quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.
    Groat, Linda; Wang, David (2002) Architectural Research Methods. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
    Reinard, John C. (2001). Introduction to Communication Research. Boston: McGraw-Hill Humanities.
    Perry, David K. (2001). Theory and Research in Mass Communication: Contexts and Consequences, London & New York: Routledge.  Yin RK (2003) Case study research: Design and methods, 3rd edn. London: Sage.


ARCH 602 Seminar


It aims to transfer the aims, method, research requirements and the work foreseen to the contemporary architectural scientific studies to the lecturers, invited participants and students in the field of interest and focus of the student.

ARCH 603 Qualification Exam


Independent research on a topic approved by the Institute Executive Board and organized between the student and the faculty member. It is expected that the thesis research subject will make an original contribution to the field of Architecture.

ARCH 604 PhD Thesis


Independent research on a topic approved by the Institute Executive Board and organized between the student and the faculty member. It is expected that the thesis research subject will make an original contribution to the field of Architecture.

Arch 522 The Present in the Future: Built environment and technology in Science Fiction Film

The course analyses the architectural, urban and technological mise-en scenes of science fiction film utopias and dystopias between the 1920s and the 2010s, of the modern and postmodern eras. It involves the discussion of selected films and related scholarly literature. Students are asked to classify the displayed settings before assessing if these settings mirror contemporaneous architectural, urban and technological discourses and theories rather than being visions of a future built environment. Subsequently, the course investigates if and how specific mise-en scenes support specific utopian or dystopian texts. It demonstrates that the mise-en scenes of architecture, urbanism and technology in science fiction film convey widespread and generalizable meanings, and reflect contemporaneous modern utopian aspirations and their alleged failure.


    Learning Resources:
  • Mennel, B. (2008) Cities and Cinema. New York/London: Routledge.

  • Staiger, J. (1999) Future Noir: Contemporary Representations of Visionary Cities. In: Kuhn, A. (ed.), Alien Zone II. The Spaces of Science Fiction Cinema. Brooklyn/London: Verso, 98-121.

  • Fortin, D. T. (2011) Architecture and Science Fiction Film. Philip K. Dick and the Spectacle of Home. Farnham/Burlington: Ashgate. ARCH



524 City and Resistance

The main objective of this course is to define to what extent existing planning systems and practices can support the continuous development of urban areas and to prepare them to withstand both anticipated and unforeseen changes. The course will introduce and present the idea of resistance for the creation of resilient cities that has become increasingly important in recent times (in this course, creating resilient places at the micro level to influence the city at a macro level) as an alternative perspective. Urban systems need to be able to accommodate different global influences in different ways and be prepared to address potential uncertainties and unexpected changes. Conceptual meanings of the idea of Resilience and Resilience will be introduced along with the definitions of the links between spatial dynamics and resistance.


    Learning Resources:
  • Emilio Jose Garcia, Brenda Vale. 2017. Unravelling Sustainability and Resilience in the Built Environment. New York: Routledge. ISBN 968 1 138 64402 1.

  • Ayda Eraydin, Tuna Tasan-Kok. 2012. Resilience Thinking in Urban Planning (GeoJournal Library). Springer. ISBN 968 94 007 5475 1.

  • Gunderson, L.H., Holling, C.S. (Eds.), 2002. Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems. Island Press, Washington.


ARCH 513 Advanced Materials and Production Methods

While showing the industrial relations of products, materials and production methods with each other on site with business trips, to ensure that students do research on these relationships. Description of production method, industry, production concepts by seeing them in the factory environment with regular visits. Affecting the formation and development of this recipe; context and environment, ethical values, professional terminology, manufacturing techniques and methods, relations with industrial materials, effects of shaping on production methods and processes, relations between mass production and production features.


    Learning Resources:
  • Black, J. T., & Kohser, R. A. (2017). DeGarmo’s materials and processes in manufacturing. John Wiley & Sons.

  • Lefteri, C. (2007). Making it: Manufacturing techniques for product design. Laurence King.

  • Thompson, R. (2007). Manufacturing processes for design professionals.

  • Cameron, K. (1998). Sportbike Performance Handbook. MotorBooks International.

  • Education, N. (2012). Basic Machines and How They Work. Courier Corporation.



ARCH 515 Project Management

In light of the growing need for architectural project management professionals to effectively lead the design and construction phase, the new, forward-thinking architectural project management graduate course seeks to understand the design and construction phases of complex buildings while actively dealing with technological challenges in the building industry. An architectural project manager ensures that projects are designed and built on time and on budget, while maintaining the integrity of the design, while fully complying with regulations and sustainability standards and criteria. Using up-to-date knowledge in project management theory and practice, this course aims to gain knowledge of what vision they should have to shape the future of the local and international construction industry and the tools they should have for this.


    Learning Resources:
  • Bielefeld, B. (Ed.). (2013). Basics Project Management Architecture. Birkhäuser.

  • Schaufelberger, J. E., & Holm, L. (2017). Management of construction projects: a constructor's perspective. Taylor & Francis.

  • Peterson, S. J., & Mba, P. (2007). Construction estimating using Excel. Pearson/Prentice Hall.



ARCH 526 Contemporary Building Art

The Advanced Studies course in Contemporary Building Art focuses on design and documentation methods to link the aesthetic drive and transforming function needs to contemporary construction and building technologies. The course focuses on understanding the "built environment" and discussing the future of design and construction technologies. Students; By focusing on building methodology, structural analysis, material development, and various topics such as tectonics, acoustics, lighting, environmental systems, by researching how our environment is built and what creates the environment; will develop discussions on how architecture will react to global change in line with the design results of material and technical development. Information modeling, parametric design, generative structures, composite tectonic structures, materials research and development, complex assemblies, energy design, biomimicry and robotic production (etc.) in the context of contemporary building technologies are among the subjects of investigation.


    Learning Resources:
  • Gardner, P. (1994). Representations of the relationship between science and technology in the curriculum.

  • Sofaer, J., Bech, J. H., Budden, S., Choyke, A., Eriksen, B. V., Horvath, T., ... & Sticka, H. P. (2010). Technology and craft (pp. 185-217). Cambridge University Press.

  • Adamson, G. (2010). The craft reader. Berg. 



ARCH 517 Architectural Thought on Environment

The Architectural Thinking on Space and Environment course aims to develop a critical and analytical perspective to define a methodology related to context. Tools and instruments of various media such as film, graphics, data display, performing arts are important in the observation and renewal of a design study. Students are encouraged to do interdisciplinary art and architecture studies by analytical evaluation and testing of the "subject area". Students work on personal / group initiated concepts, contexts, and develop critical and experimental work in which storyboards, illustration works, experimental short videos, perspective-taking perspective should emerge.


    Learning Resources:
  • Flaxman, G. (Ed.). (2000). The Brain İs The Screen: Deleuze and the philosophy of cinema. U of Minnesota Press.

  • Tarkovsky, A., & Hunter-Blair, K. (1987). Sculpting in time: reflections on the cinema. University of Texas Press.

  • Turner, V. W., & Schechner, R. (1988). The anthropology of performance.



ARCH 528 Human Machine Relationship

The aim of this course is to provide students with a general knowledge, skills and sensory properties about ergonomics. Ergonomics is an applied and multi-disciplinary science that aims to reach productive efficiency by reconciling the work environment and all the systems it contains with all psycho-physiological and socio-cultural abilities and boundaries of human beings. In this context, the ergonomics course is planned to transfer the necessary data of various disciplines.


    Learning Resources:
  • Dul, J., & Weerdmeester, B. (2008). Ergonomics for beginners: a quick reference guide. CRC press.

  • Dreyfuss, H. (1966). Human Dimensions

  • Kroemer, K. H. E., Kroemer, H. B., & Kroemer-Elbert, K. E. (1999). Ergonomics; how to design for ease and efficiency. Upper Saddle Hill.

  • Tilley, A. R. (2001). Henry Dreyfuss Associates. The measure of man and woman: human factors in design.

  • Peacock, B., & Karwowski, W. (Eds.). (1993). Automotive ergonomics (pp. 237-320). London: Taylor & Francis.



ARCH 530 Architecture, Art and Design of Cyprus

Cyprus is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean and a crossing point of civilizations. This course addresses the development of the architecture, art and design of Cyprus from prehistory to the present day, considering the wider connections of the island to the Mediterranean and Levant and the cultural, political, religious, socio-economic and technological context while discussing its heritage. It aims to provide a framework through a survey of key sites, buildings, monuments and artifacts that is supposed to raise the students’ critical awareness about heritage and identity. The course is conducted by means of lectures, guest lectures, site visits and the active contribution of the students.


    Learning Resources:
  • Bagiskan, T. (2009). Ottoman, Islamic and Islamised Monuments in Cyprus. Nicosia: Cyprus Turkish Education Foundation.

  • Enlart, C. (1987). Gothic Art and the Renaissance in Cyprus. London: Trigraph Limited.

  • Karageorghis, V. (1982) Cyprus. From the Stone Age to the Romans. London: Thames and Hudson.

  • Michaelides, D. (Eds.) (2012) Historic Nicosia. Nicosia: Rimal Publications.

  • Papacostas, T. (1999). “Byzantine Cyprus. The testimony of its churches, 650-1200.” Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Oxford.

  • Schaar, K. W., Given, M., and Theocharous, G. (1995). Under the Clock. Colonial Architecture and History in Cyprus, 1878-1960. Nicosia: Bank of Cyprus.

  • Wright, G.H. R. (1992). Ancient Building in Cyprus. Leiden, New York, Köln: Brill.



ARCH 610 Environmental Behavior Theories

This course specifically targets human behavior in spaces. The content of the course varies from individual to society, and the space of environment and behavior interaction in all spaces is considered as the main subject of the content. The content of the course also has strong links with contemporary philosophy. The most important task of this course is to explore the epistemological foundations of environment-behavior theory. Therefore, environment-behavior theory covers topics such as perception, informatics, meaning, personal space, identity, privacy, stress and so on throughout the course. The intersection between humans and the environment is discussed within the framework of these topics, so increasing the motivation of the student to investigate the philosophical foundations of these topics is one of the other objectives of the course.


    Learning Resources:
  • Lang, Jon, Creating Architectural Theory, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. Inc.,1987

  • G.T. Moore & R.G. Golledge (Eds.), Environmental Knowing: Theories, Research, and Methods, Stroudsburg, PA: Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross; now New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1976.

  • Irwin Altman, Martin, Chemers Culture and Environment, Territorial Behavior, Wadsworth Inc.,1980

  • William Michelson, Man and His Urban Environment, Reading, Mass. I. Addison – Wesley, 1976.

  • Peponis, J. ve Wineman, J. (2002). The Spatial Structure of Environment and Behavior: Space Syntax. In R. Bechteland, A. Churchman (Eds.) Handbook of Environmental Psychology, (pp. 271-291). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



ARCH 611 Inclusive Design and Community Welfare

The inclusive design introduction and the examination of human-environment characteristics and relationships. Examining the inclusive design in laws in its historical context and the (animal) rights of humans and others and comparing them with international laws. Establishing a critical analysis of existing inclusive design research: an assessment of human needs such as quality of life and overall health, commitment and healing environments, mobility and environmental stress, adaptation of environments within the framework of Environmental Psychology theories and theories. Introducing and examining the research methods and methods used in developing approaches to create appropriate answers to inclusive design problems. Examining the relationship of inclusive design research with environmental design in confined environments (such as home, public, health, children's environments) and encouraging future research to proceed in this direction.


    Learning Resources:
  • Clarkson J. and S Keates, (2003). Countering Design Exclusion: An introduction to inclusive design, Springer Verlag.

  • Clarkson, J., R Coleman, S Keates and C Lebbon, (2003). (Eds.), Inclusive Design: Design for the whole population, Springer Verlag.

  • Goltsman S. M. and D. Iacofano (2007). The Inclusive City, MIG Communications, New York

  • Herwig, O. (2008). Universal design solutions for a barrier-free living. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser.

  • Spencer, C., Blades, M. (2006)., Children and their Environments: Learning, Using and Designing Spaces, Cambridge University Press.



ARCH 612 Special Topics in Architectural Design

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