Improving Heritage Awareness Throughout Architectural Education in Design Studios

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Kırlı G., Beçeren Öztürk R., Çahantimur A.

TURKISH ONLINE JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, no.89, pp.663-669, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Indexes: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.663-669
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


In architectural education one of the main topics is to make the students understand the necessity of physical and socio-cultural factors and the relationship between them for architectural and urban design. Gaining the ability of using relationships of physical and socio-cultural environment factors in design process has a vital importance for architecture students. In order to be successful in their professional career they should learn to handle the architectural and urban design problems in a holistic and integrative approach. For this aim, topics about heritage conservation and management are used throughout architectural studios as a tool. Especially in countries like Turkey, which has a rich and valuable cultural and historical heritage this topic gains more importance in architectural education. In this study, an undergraduate architectural studio process that has the aim of making students conscious about the importance of heritage values for the development of settlements is presented. Throughout this studio experience the consciousness level of the third grade undergraduate architectural students is evaluated. The interviews made by the students and their visual presentations including cognition maps are used for the evaluation. The possible educational strategies for increasing their level of awareness about heritage conservation are discussed as a conclusion.