Winners of the 2nd Nurten Aksugür Best Concept Communication Contest organised by Eastern Mediterranean University Architecture Faculty, Interior Architecture Department under the sponsorship of the Aksugür family received their awards at a ceremony organised at EMU Architecture Faculty.
On 10 July 2015, the jury of the 2nd International Nurten Aksugür Best Concept Communication Competition assembled for the evaluation of 62 projects submitted by local and international participants. Following the evaluations, winners of the three awards, three honorable mentions and 3 jury special awards were announced.
Cihat Çaglar from TOBB University received the first prize and Merve S. Yuvarlak from EMU was awarded the second prize. The jury announced Berke Ozkay Özkok of Istanbul Technical University as the winner of the third prize. Projects of Nazim Dağdeviren from Kocaeli University, Ayşe Özgu Birler from EMU and Ş. Büşra Ümütlü from Hacettepe University received honorable mention awards. Mustafa Maraşlı and Fatemeh Monzavi from EMU and Omemah Bugshan from Ve Dar Al-Hekma University also received jury special awards.
EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, Vice Rector for Student Affairs Prof. Dr. Hıfsiye Pulhan, EMU Architecture Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Şebnem Hoşkara, Nurten Aksugür’s daughter Deniz Aksugür, Interior Architecture Department chairs attending the 7th Interior Architecture Department Department Chairs Meeting at EMU Architecture Faculty, department heads of Architecture Faculty, academic staff members and a crowded group of students attended the award ceremony of the said contest.
Interior Architecture Department Chair Prof. Dr. Uğur Dağlı expressed the department’s pride in successfully organising a comprehensive competition at a large scale. Prof. Dr. Dağlı also put forth that this unique competition fulfilled its aim by promoting creative and critical thinking as well as motivating and supporting students in considering the importance of design concepts, which they then communicate in individualized and alternative ways.
A jury selection from entries were also exhibited both electronically on the web and physically in the Exhibition Hall of the Faculty of Architecture. Competition coordinator Dr. Guita Farivarsadri expressed the department’s happiness in including international participants in the said competition and added that during the upcoming years they will be spending their best efforts to further expand the scope of the competition.
The competition has been organised in memory of the late founder of EMU Interior Architecture Department Prof. Dr. Nurten Aksugür, who perished on 23 July 2012. As the chair of EMU Interior Architecture Department between 1997 and 2001, Prof. Dr. Nurten Aksugür provided invaluable services and contributions both to the said department and EMU Architecture Faculty.