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Department of Architecture

Programs

ProgramDegreeYearsDepartment
ArchitectureBachelor / B.Arch.4 Architecture
Architecture (without Thesis)Master / M.Arch.1 - 1.5 Architecture
Architecture (with Thesis)Master / M.S.1 - 2 Architecture
Urban Design (with Thesis)Master / M.S.1 - 2 Architecture
ArchitecturePhD / Ph.D.2 - 5 Architecture
Urban Design (without Thesis)Master / M.U.D.1 - 1.5 Architecture
Cultural Heritage Studies (with Thesis)Master / M.S.1 - 2 Architecture

Department's Mission

The Department of Architecture offers a learning environment with a contemporary approach to education for young people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The aim is to provide opportunities for future architects to be equipped with necessary knowledge and skills to cope with rapid global changes, to react rationally as well as creatively to contemporary issues in architecture, its problems and challenges, within an interdisciplinary approach to education through its distinguished academic infrastructure. The graduates are expected to contribute to the improvement of quality of life as dynamic individuals with a high sense of responsibility and leadership, capable of assuming central roles in teamwork - a global reality of our day. They are to be equipped not only with designing and decision making abilities but also with the implementation of project management functions .

Administration

Chair:
Prof. Dr. RESMİYE ALPAR ATUN

Vice Chair(s):
Assoc. Prof. Dr. NEVTER ZAFER CÖMERT

The four-year integrative curriculum which has been prepared to fulfill this mission provides the opportunity for students to acquire the background needed towards a creative and fruitful career. It is frequently revised and updated to keep abreast of the latest developments.

The main focus of the educational approach is on the architectural design studio supported by professional theory courses and first year service courses. The interactive studio, as the proper arena for critical thinking, provides a milieu for addressing social, technical and environmental issues around an architectural project, through the re-creation and discussion of the spatial dimension of the built environment. The curriculum is flexible in that it offers students the chance to take elective courses from other departments or faculties to support an interdisciplinary approach.

Departmental Facilities

EMU’s central library houses a wide collection of books and periodicals related to art and architecture. The Department also provides a special reading room, offering a wide range of valuable architectural periodicals and books to students. Modern studios provide a perfect milieu for exchange of ideas and individual areas for students to work on their projects. There are three well-equipped CAD labs, one materials lab, one on environmental control systems, one on model making, and one photography lab at the students’ service. Additionally, Design and Research Center (TASAR) and Housing Education Research and Advisory Center (HERA-C) of the Faculty is among the educational facilities which the students of the Department make use of.

Major Accomplishments

Academic and social activities in the Department such as conferences, symposia, exhibitions contribute to the educational discourse. Occasionally, scholars from various countries such as Turkey, Spain, Italy, England, etc. are invited to conduct seminars or workshops. The Department is a member of EAAE (European Association of Architectural Education) since 2002. Additionally, it is a member of ENHR (European Network for Housing Research) and CIB (International Council for Research Innovation in Building Construction). The Department takes an active role in MOBBIG (Communication Network of Heads of Department of Architecture) in Turkey and work in good collaboration with the Chamber of Architects in both TRNC and Turkey.

Undergraduate Program

Department of Architecture, who has been offering, since 1990, a learning environment with a contemporary approach to education for young people of diverse cultural backgrounds, is one of the largest at Eastern Mediterranean University with nearly 600 students and has some of the best educational facilities among the architectural departments of the region. With increasing demand for enrollment from Turkey and the third countries, the student body in the Department is increasing in number, but one to one relationship between the student and the instructors in design studios is still sustained; in a democratic milieu of education where free discussions and creativity are valued.

Teaching / Learning

Department of Architecture offers a learning environment with a contemporary approach to education for young people of diverse cultural backgrounds. The aim is to provide opportunities for future architects to be equipped with necessary knowledge and skills to cope with rapid global changes, to react rationally as well as creatively to contemporary issues in architecture, its problems and challenges, within an interdisciplinary approach to education through its distinguished academic infrastructure. The graduates are expected to contribute to the improvement of quality of life as dynamic individuals with a high sense of responsibility and leadership, capable of assuming central roles in teamwork - a global reality of our day.

About the Degree Program

The renewed four year integrative curriculum of the Department, first applied in 2005-2006 Academic Year, has been designed with an understanding that it gives opportunities to students for a double-major by registering lectures in the other Departments of the Faculty. The curriculum also provides students to enroll lectures complimentary to the general education philosophy of the University. The main focus of the educational approach is on the architectural design studio augmented by professional theory courses and first year service courses. The interactive studio, as the proper arena for critical thinking, provides a milieu for addressing social, technical and environmental issues around an architectural project, through the re-creation and discussion of the spatial dimension of the built environment. Undergraduate courses are categorized as: design, heoretical (area) courses, elective courses, general education courses.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Department of Architecture find opportunities for work in public or private institutions, or work as freelance architects. Some get into the type of work concerning a wide range of functions from designing shop-windows or fair stands, to more implementation oriented work in construction firms. Others take up post-graduate studies either at EMU and universities in Turkey, or other universities in Europe or the US and pursue academic work successfully.

Contact

Address:
Department of Architecture
Department of Architecture, Albert Einstein Street
Eastern Mediterranean University
Famagusta, North Cyprus
Mersin 10 Turkey

Tel: +90 392 630 1049
Fax: +90 392 630 1127
E-mail: arch@emu.edu.tr
Web: http://arch.emu.edu.tr

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