Architectural Design Graduate Program



July 10 - August 4, 2017

santralistanbul Campus


İstanbul Bilgi University Architectural Design Graduate Program Summer School No:2 is going to take place between July 10-August 4, 2017. The program consists of intense, short-term workshops during the summer period, conducted by distinguished names of international architectural practice in order to integrate with the international architectural environment and to enable designers from different cultures to produce together. Detailed information with regards to the BİLGİ Architectural Design Graduate Program Summer School No:2 Workshops is given below:

Each workshop received and successfully completed will be counted as a 5-credit elective undergraduate course (when 4-coded courses are selected) or an elective graduate course (when 5-coded courses are selected). When two workshops are received and successfully completed, they will be equivalent of two elective courses of 5 credits or -for graduate students- a graduate project studio of 10 credits.


Last Date for Registration: June 30, 2017


For further info: Evren Aysev Deneç (Architectural Design Graduate Program Director)

For pre-registration: Hülya Oral (Architectural Design Graduate Program Research Assistant)




BİLGİ Architectural Design Graduate Students:

• Registration can be completed by selecting ARCH 563 and/or ARCH 564 graduate courses from the graduate summer school system (Admission will be between 14June-30 June 2017).

• Admission is free for students enrolled inBİLGİ Architectural Design Graduate Program.


BİLGİ Undergraduate Students:

• Registration can be completed by selecting ARCH 478 and/or ARCH 479 undergraduate courses from the summer school system (Admission will be between June 14-30, 2017).

• Admission fee is 400 TL per credit. Admission fee of a 5 credit course is 2,000 TL.


Students outside of BİLGİ:

• Transcript photocopy / diploma / student certificate

• Photocopy of valid ID document

• A request letter signed by the Architectural Design Graduate Program Director indicating the wish to take the mentioned courses

• All documents will be handed over to the Graduate Student Office.

• Tuition fee is 400 TL per credit. Tuition fee of a 5 credit course is 2,000 TL.


For detailed information about application: Graduate Student Affairs:
Sennur Ertürk:

For further information about fees and payment: Student Accounting Office:
Elizabet Nalbandiyan:




Workshop Tutors: Mary Ann Ray // Robert Mangurian

July 10 – 21, 2017

ARCH 478: Design Practices  //  ARCH 564: Design Implementations


Studio 1 


Historically, human dwellings have often been accommodated within a single room. The contemporary notion of a dwelling being composed of disparate rooms for disparate functions- living room, dining room, bedroom, etc.- is perhaps an architectural anomaly of luxury that parcel-izes the activities of our daily lives and our social interactions. The studio “ODA” - A ONE ROOM DWELLING FOR THE 21st CENTURY proposes that after carefully studying previous examples of single space houses, new models can be invented to coincide with new ways of life at the beginning of this millennium.

For the studio, we will study the Schindler House in Los Angeles, the neo-lithic dwellings at Catal Huyuk, nomadic tents and ‘gecekondu’. In Istanbul, we will visit and document some ‘gecekondu’ dwellings with special attention paid to the way in which their rooms form an architecture of performative domesticity. The documentation will take the form of measuring, drawing, photographic “scans” and interviews with the dwellers.

Physical models at a scale of 1:50 minimum scale will be produced.

It will be helpful if the students have access to 3D printing of small elements for their models.

Students should have basic model building tools.




Mary-Ann RAY 

Mary-Ann Ray is a Principal of Studio Works Architects in Los Angeles and a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the experimental laboratory for urban and rural research and design BASE Beijing. She was educated at the University of Washington and holds her Master’s Degree with honors from Princeton University. Ray is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at SCI-Arc and is the Taubman Centennial Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Studio Works is an award winning design firm whose design work and research have been widely published. Principals Ray and her partner Robert Mangurian are architects, authors, and designers, and were awarded the Chrysler Design Award for Excellence and Innovation in an ongoing body of work in a design field and the Stirling Prize for the Memorial Lecture on the City by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the London School of Economics. Ray is also a recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Among her published books are Pamphlet Architecture No. 20 Partly Underground Rooms and Buildings for WaterIce and MidgetsWrapper, and Caochangdi: Beijing Inside Out.



 Robert Mangurian is a Principal of Studio Works Architects in Los Angeles and a Co-Founder and Director of BASE Beijing. He was educated at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Mangurian is the Director of the Graduate Program Emeritus at SCI-Arc. He has been the visiting Saarinen Professor at Yale University, the Harry S. Shure Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, the Taubman Professor at the University of Michigan, the Wortham Professor at Rice University, and a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University. Studio Works is a world renowned award winning design firm whose design work and research have been widely published. Mangurian and his partner Mary-Ann Ray are architects, authors, and designers, and in 2001 they were awarded the prestigious Chrysler Design Award for Excellence and Innovation in an ongoing body of work in a design field. In 2008 they were awarded the Stirling Prize for the Memorial Lecture on the City by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the London School of Economics. Both Mangurian and Ray are Rome Prize recipients and Fellows of the American Academy in Rome.



 Workshop Tutors: Cemal Koray Bingöl // David Jenny // Gamze Gündüz // Leyla Ilman // Luca Piscorec // Orkun Kasap // Selen Ercan

July 28 – August 4,  2017

ARCH 479 //  ARCH 563: Design Technologies


studio 2 


NOPA (Non-Orthogonal Planar Assemblies) focuses on the spatial assembly of discrete linear elements using robotic fabrication integrated into an advanced computational de­sign setup. The workshop builds upon previous successful work on the same topic at ETH Zurich. Specifically, methods for developing designs based on the constructive tech­nique of non-orthogonal side-to-side connection of timber beams will be explored in depth through a custom computational setup written in Rhino Python and Grasshopper. The goal is the design and robotic fabrication of non-planar spatial constructive systems through planar jointing using standard timber joining techniques at İstanbul Bilgi University’s brand new robotic fabrication facilities which offers a seamless integration of computational design paradigms and modern production methods. Participants will be able to ex­plore new design interfaces, constructive methods, materials and highly coordinated robotic fabrication processes.

This international workshop is a collaboration between İstanbul Bilgi University, ETH Zurich and the NCCR Digital Fabrication with tutors from İstanbul Bilgi University Department of Architecture, Gramazio Kohler Research, the ETH Future Cities Laboratory and the NCCR Digital Fabrication. The workshop takes place between 24th of July and 4th of August, 2018 at the İstanbul Bilgi University santralistanbul campus. Participants are expected to have a proactive and hands-on approach to design as well as inherent curiosity for the themes of the workshop.

Basic scripting knowledge in multi-paradigm programming languages will be advantageous but is not compulsory.




Cemal Koray BİNGÖL

Cemal Koray Bingöl is an Istanbul-based architect. His research is focused on computational design technologies through computer programming and electronics. He received his bachelor of architecture degree from Istanbul Technical University. He earned his master’s degree at Computer-Aided Architectural Design Master’s Programme, Yıldız Technical University.  The main subject in his master’s thesis is simulating urban sprawl. He attended to an Exchange program at TU Eindhoven where he studied urban design for 6 months.

He has been teaching at İstanbul Bilgi University since 2013 and giving lectures at various universities on ‘computational design’. He has been collaborating with various design offices, academics and institutes under Epitome {collaborative network}, which he co-founded in 2013.



He has studied architecture at EPFL Lausanne, the University of Tokyo in Tokyo and at ETH in Zurich. He has been working in different offices in Switzerland and Japan, for instance at Sou Fujimoto Architects and noiz architects in Tokyo and at EM2N and Gramazio Kohler Architects in Zurich. Before finishing his studies, he was also a student and research assistant at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore where he was part of the Robotic Tiling team. Since finishing his diploma at ETH (sia master price for Architecture) he has been a research assistant at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, Gramazio Kohler Research, at ETH Zurich, where he is in charge of teaching their Elective Course and Elective Thesis projects as well as part of the teaching team of the Master of Advanced Studies in Digital Fabrication (MAS DFAB, NCCR) program, focusing on the teaching and development of robotic digital fabrication techniques and their implementation in architectural design. His personal research interest lie in the exploration of the potential of algorithmic design methods for architectural design.



Gamze Gündüz is an architect, graduated from Yildiz Technical University, Department of Architecture in 2010. After working in several design studios she continued her education and earned a M.Arch degree from the Digital Tectonics Studio of IaaC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), where she also attended the Open Thesis Fabrication Program. Right now she is working as a Lecturer in Bilgi and Kadir Has Universities while pursuing a PhD degree in Istanbul Technical University, Computational Design Program. Her research interests lay between generative algorithms, composite material studies and tool building.



 Born in Switzerland (1985), grew up in Istanbul. Graduate of of Yildiz Technical University Department of Architecture, winning the first prize for the diploma project (2009). Master studies in Architecture at ETH Zurich, specializing in housing, digital fabrication and arts. After graduation started working at Gigon/Guyer Architects, Zürich (2012-2016), a leading architecture firm of Switzerland. While working at Gigon/Guyer, contribution to several award winning projects and three first prizes. Specialization in architectural and urban design with a focus on housing. 

Start to teach in İstanbul Bilgi University as Studio Instructor in Basic Design. Continuing her professional life in Istanbul and Zurich.



Studied architecture at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and worked in architectural offices in Croatia and Switzerland. He continued his studies at the ETH in Zürich and received his Master of Science in Architecture (MSc ETH Arch) in 2011. During his studies, he concentrated on digital fabrication techniques as well as algorithmic programming procedures applied to architecture. He organized and led multiple international workshops on the related topics. Since 2011, he is working as a research assistant at Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zürich. From 2011 to 2014, he was leading the Chair’s elective course and elective thesis workshops dealing with the development of robotic digital fabrication techniques and their implementation in architectural design. From January 2015 he is involved in teaching at the newly formed Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Digital Fabrication, which is initiated by NCCR DFAB and conducted at ETH Zürich. In 2015 he co-founded the Zürich based TEN Association, a group dedicated to initiation and promotion of cultural ventures.



Orkun Kasap studied architecture in Turkey, Denmark and Switzerland between 2004–2012. After receiving his Bachelors in Architecture with distinction from Kocaeli University (Turkey) in 2008, he worked in architectural practices such as Emre Arolat Architects, Istanbul, and EM2N, Zurich. He joined the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich upon receiving his Diploma in Architecture from ETH Zurich in 2012. Orkun currently works at the NCCR Digital Fabrication as Education Officer and Project Coordinator, and also actively collaborates on architectural design projects at his practice with Leyla Ilman in Zurich.



Selen Ercan is an architect and a digital fabrication researcher. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and following her graduation she continued her studies at the international joint M.Sc. program on Computational Design and Fabrication Technologies in Architecture offered by METU and Delft University of Technology. From 2011 to 2013 she worked in various projects at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at the ETH Zurich including ECHORD (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development under the European Union’s FP-7 Research Program) dimROB which focused on applying mobile robots for in-situ robotic fabrication in construction. At ETH Zurich, She assisted elective theses including Shifted Frames 2 for the robotic cutting and assembly sequence of custom timber elements. Since 2012, she has been involved in the research of mobile robotic fabrication of complex building elements on construction sites and explored 1:1 scale robotic fabrication of building components. Since June 2013, she has been working as a researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore ETH Centre at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication (Prof. Fabio Gramazio and Prof. Matthias Kohler) leading the mobile robotic tiling project.