AGU School of Architecture
Undergraduate Program Course Descriptions
ARCH101 Design 1; Basics of Design
This course is characterized by studio-based investigations that are developed through thinking and making. The studio itself offers students a space where they can step away from the conventional tools of education - their own desks and laptops - in order to develop their thinking processes and ways of working. This studio also aims to blur the students’ mind about what they have known about their physical environment restricted by a result of cultural codes and biases based on taxonomic hierarchical nature of knowledge. In this manner, the students explore their environments and engage with physical phenomena around them with an “unusual” way of looking through weekly design activities.
ARCH131 Architecture Today
Architecture Today course intends to create a point of view on design, architecture and related disciplines by evaluating and examining the architectural production of today and 20th century. Course also emphasizes on contemporary art and philosophy, as a critical contribution on the architectural production. It also criticizes the production of the space over design challenges, and reminds the interdisciplinary interactions of the architecture, with art and engineering. Course also intends to create a passion on architectural profession for freshmen students.
ARCH102 Design 2; Introduction to Architecture
This studio is dedicated to develop students’ skills of experiential learning by interacting them with the cityscape. The students will encounter with complex problems of the built environment and the society along with a couple of themes introduced. By having a number of projects and some workshops, the students will have the chance to challenge and negotiate with their physical environment
ARCH112 Media Literacy
The course is designed to help students develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of an ever expanding and increasingly dominating media –as information sources, as entertainment, and as an industry–as well as to examine, interpret, and evaluate the messages contained within, and their social and cultural implications. Several class activities will expose students to the base complexities of media literacy in order to develop their critical thinking skills and provide the methods of analysis necessary to interpret media contents.
In addition to these analytical skills, students will be asked to explore their creative and potentially nonconformist ideas within the context of digital media practices. In particular, the second part of the course will retool different media techniques into form generation devices for architectural design and communication. Students will examine how a variety of media is incorporated into representations of design, and in particular, how computer media is used in contemporary architecture design practice. Students will learn the principles of computer-based interactivity and combine two-dimensional imaging and graphics authoring as well as audio and visual technology for achieving interactivity from multiple source media. The last part of the course will give students the opportunity to create a range of models. They will explore the work of artists and professional makers in order to use this technique as a powerful communication tool in experimentation and design development.
ARCH121 Materials & Behaviors
The main goal of this course is to gain ability to form design decisions and principles for construction by establishing the relationship between building products (material, piece, component, element) and building in the design process. In this context, definition and classification of building products, relationships between them, and characteristics will be taught by taking environmental factors, user needs, functions and quality indicators of building products into account.
ARCH132 Architectural History & Theory 1
Architectural History & Theory 1 course intends to create a critical point of view over cultures and architectures from prehistory to the end of Classical Antiquity in order to comprehend the interactions and conflicts of their social environment, techniques and technologies. Architectural and, historical background of the human settlements are examined to evaluate their formal and stylistic characteristics in a contextual approach. The course will also generate a research environment to discover not only the impressions or expressions and their artifacts, but also the social order, art and culture of world civilizations
ARCH201 Architectural Design Studio 1
Architectural Design Studio 1 intends to focus on dwelling problems as an elementary design project to explore not only interior-exterior or public-private conflict, but also to learn from material-structure interaction and the relationship between spatial functions and basic needs of daily life. Design research into historic examples and context will provide a background for the problem of dwelling.
ARCH221 Elements & Components 1
Constructional definitions, classification of building elements and their components, and relationships between them will be taught. In this context, foundations, walls, floors, stairs will be analyzed in detail.
ARCH223 Structures 1
The course discusses the physical laws underlying structural principles. It highlights the relationship between the shape of interconnected structural elements and their role within the overall structure. The opportunities offered by structural forms to the definition of the architectural spaces are emphasized. It introduces the relationships between material and geometrical proprieties of elements and structural behavior
ARCH231 Architectural History & Theory 2
Architectural History & Theory 2 course intends to create a critical point of view over cultures and architectures from the beginning of the Medieval period to the Renaissance in order to comprehend the interactions and conflicts of their social environment, techniques and technologies. History, ideology and architecture of the societies and their settlements are examined to evaluate their formal characteristics in a contextual approach. The course will also generate a research environment that will lead to the discovery of not only the architectural objects as artifacts but also the social order, political history, belief systems, art and culture of world civilizations.
ARCH202 Architectural Design Studio 2
Architectural Design Studio 2 intends to focus on morphology to explore the interactions between space, function, and users as a design challenge. Following the path developed in the previous studios, the students are expected to represent their design idea with the appropriate tools, developing critical thinking about the social and cultural aspects of architecture. They are also expected to work with material and technological features for the production of space, and explore the architectonics of the design they create. These will incorporate form, morphology, topology, ergonomics, including special requirements and accessibility for the users, and last but not the least sustainability and environment friendliness.
ARCH222 Elements & Components 2
Constructional definitions, classification of building elements and their components, and relationships between them will be taught. In this context, foundations, walls, floors, stairs, roofs, wall openings, windows & doors, coatings & finishes will be analyzed in detail.
ARCH224 Structures 2
The course discusses the relationship between load, section and material. It presents the structural principles and derived laws structural analyses of common structures. It discusses the organization of the elements within the overall structure also emphasizing their architectural relevance. It exemplifies the selection criteria between alternative structural systems and their optimization at the macro level.
ARCH232 Architectural History & Theory 3
Architectural History & Theory 3 course intends to create a critical point of view over the development and transformation of the profession and architectural production throughout the pre-modern and modern period, from the Renaissance to our day. Architectural, artistic, cultural and theoretical (historical, philosophical) background is provided to evaluate the simultaneous changes/transformations/developments in architectural materials and technologies, discourse, education and, the last but not the least, design, leading to and tying in with the contemporary architectural environment.
ARCH301 Architectural Design Studio 3
Architectural Design Studio 3 intends to focus on social integration, identity and (re)production of
the culture to explore urban and rural contradictions in social life and the role of an individual as a
social living body. Studio also emphasizes on identity, role of the society/culture and interactions of
the place, and sustainability to understand the life and social interaction in rural and urban forms.
Studio aims to feel, understand and read the physical, social character or the intangible values of the
place by gathering data on site by using different methods, than interpret and present them by using
any kind of techniques such as sketches, collages, videos, models etc.
ARCH311 Urban Studies
This course aims to look into the goals, scope, content, process and tools of urban planning and design, and thus to have architecture students comprehend urban context and its components, the relation and the interaction between building and city scales. The lectures consist of main urban planning and design issues while the studio introduces analysis, synthesis, and decision-making steps of the urban planning process in a selected urban setting.
ARCH302 Architectural Design Studio 4
Architectural Design Studio 4 intends to focus on a local problem that can be used as a tool to transform the city in a global perspective. Studio deals with an existing building and site with cultural heritage value and seeks to reconsider their social and physical functions in their current context. Students will be working in different scales to understand the relationships between the urban fabric and the architectural artifact. The studio not only emphasizes solving the architectural program as a spatial problem but is also concerned with gathering together the technological and environmental design aspects. The studio aims to feel, understand and read the physical, social character or the intangible values of the place by gathering data on site by using different methods than interpreting and present them by using any kind of techniques such as sketches, analysis, collages, videos, models etc.
ARCH332 Conservation Theory
Conservation Theory course intends to create a critical point of view about cultural heritage in general, and adaptive re-use and new architectural design in historic context in particular for architecture students. In addition to the historic development of conservation theory and our contemporary understanding of and political/legal attitude toward cultural heritage, the course will focus on national and international case studies in order to discuss how research and architectural design interacts with heritage. The students will be expected to complete readings and actively participate in class discussions. The practical part of the course will teach architectural and urban heritage documentation methods, and will include a case study consisting of field-work and architectural research.
ARCG105 Model Making
This Course is an introduction to the world of Model Making, embracing its different applications, scales, materials and techniques, while encouraging the research and discovery of new ways of making and representing the architectural model through a combination of fine arts and digital production. The course is taught across a series of short exercises combining theory and practice, through which students are challenged to solve a given brief by means of making. Varying in scale and duration, the exercises will be conducted through direct experimentation and manufacturing and will include techniques such as embossing, etching, carving, molding, and casting, making the students aware of the production time and process.
ARCG109 Bicycle and the City
This course aims to increase awareness of that bicycles can be an alternative transport mode in the daily traffic of sustainable cities. The course will look into the socio-spatial components of bicycle-friendly cities from bicycle infrastructure and facilities to bicycle culture and social acceptance in the urban settings. The lectures and presentations will focus on the experiences of different cities from all over the world and introduce best practices in terms of master plans, physical infrastructure, socio-cultural activities, policies and programs. The course will also include a couple of study tours within different cities to provide better understanding of problem areas in cities and develop innovative solutions for increasing bicycle use in the city of Kayseri.
ARCG110 Architectural Critics of Materials
This course is designed to conduct architectural criticism through material. Architecturally, the material should be thought of as an element that should be included in the design entirely in the process. In this context, a project will be developed during the term. Architectural theory will be read and discussed for the project to be prepared. The theories of architecture, architects and architects in which the material is included in the design process will be examined.
ARCD101 Digital Fabrication
This Course is an introduction to the world of Digital Fabrication, embracing its different applications, scales, materials and techniques, while encouraging the research and discovery of new ways of fabrication and representing the architectural model through a combination of fine arts and digital production.
ARCD201 Building Biology
Definition of building, user and environment, establishing the relationships between them, physical and social characteristics of building, health risks caused by negative characteristics, solutions and suggestions for negative characteristics.
ARCD301 Playing With Past
This course examine the representations of history in a variety of computer games not only to evaluate their “accuracy” against the standards of scholarly works, but also to investigate the assumptions that guide such representation and even to determine whether these media can bring new questions and perspectives to the research work of academic field of history.
ARCD303 20th Century Architecture
Course intends to create a critical point of view over cultures and architectures of 20th Century, and the interactions and conflicts of the social environment, technics and technologies. Architectural and historical backgrounds of the 20th Century are examined to evaluate their formal and stylistic characteristics in a contextual approach. Course also generates a research environment to discover not only the impressions or expressions and their artifacts, but also the social order, art and culture of the world civilizations.