Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture student Aizhan Turekhanova’s dissertation project came third at the Interior Architecture Student’s National Dissertation Project Contest MEKAN 2016, hosted by the Istanbul Culture University.
50 dissertation projects were evaluated by expert juries at the contest. EMU Department of Interior Architecture student Aizhan Turekhanova, attended the said contest with her “Indoor Design of Restaurants” project created with the guidance of her 2015-2016 Spring Semester course coordinator Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamil Güley.
The contest aims to bring together Interior Architecture/ Interior Architecture and Environmental Design students from departments in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) by creating a platform for both interaction and communication. The MEKAN 2016 contest takes place every year to promote young interior architect candidates and to support their education by giving them an opportunity to expand their professional vision.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Güley highlighted the importance of student contests for professional development and added that contests, especially in design, are essential for the research of new and updated phenomena. Assist. Prof. Dr. Güley, also stated that future interior architects must attend these contests starting from the first years of their education to improve their professional development and noted that students who are good at researching, observing and reflecting their motivation towards interior architecture tend to be more successful in the field.
EMU Department of Interior Architecture Chair Prof. Dr. Uğur Ulaş Dağlı delivered a speech at the Award Ceremony which took place at the Istanbul Culture University stating that they feel honored as a department by the success accomplished at the contest. Prof. Dr. Dağlı said that the award winning dissertation project is the result of a 4 year education process and contributions from all the department members. Prof. Dr. Dağlı underlined the fact that the EMU Department of Interior Architecture is the only accredited department in Turkey and the TRNC, raising successful Interior Architects with their high level of education. Meanwhile, Turekhanova thanked everybody who contributed to the development of her award winning project.