Admission is open to all bachelor’s degree holders, aiming academic or professional career and interested in furthering their education through a program of individual study in architecture and urban design.

Required application materials are:

1- Statement of Interest  (A personal statement explaining goals and objectives for the program, description of the intended field of study, research or design project based on Istanbul, personal opinions on online and physical meetings of the program)
2- Current resume (CV) and creative portfolio
3- English Language Proficiency Test Result

Participants will be able to join the program without paying any contribution fee.

Given the individualized nature of the Academy’s program, there are a limited number of spots available each semester, so we suggest early applications. Interested participants are encouraged to contact the Academy’s director to express their intent to apply.

The language of the program is Turkish and English. Seminars, conferences and events are mostly held in Turkish. The applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge in English to be able to read, discuss, research and present their studies. All applicants whose native language is not Turkish or English must submit YDS (min 65), TOEFL IBT (min 70) or IELTS  (min 6.0) score for admissions.

2022 / Spring Semester

Application Deadline: February 27, 23.59 (UTC+3)
Interview Date: March 5, 2022
Program Start Date: March 14, 2022
Program End Date: July 3, 2022

AURA Istanbul 2022 Spring Semester Certificate Program will start on March 14, 2022 and will continue for 16 weeks. During the Spring Semester, seminars, conferences and events will be held on online platforms due to the measures taken against Coronavirus (Covid-19); studio meetings with the instructors will be held in a hybrid format, both online and in physical space. Although residing in Istanbul is not a requirement for participation in the program, participants are expected to adapt to the dynamic structure of the events within the program and participate in the program fulltime on weekdays and Saturdays.

Detailed information about the program can be found on the Program, Program Modules and Design Studio pages.

The application deadline for the 2022 Spring Semester is February 27, 2022.

Research Based Desıgn Studıo Instructors

Arman Akdoğan

Founder of IND [Inter.National.Design] in 2007 .

He studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University of fine Arts (Istanbul). In 2002 he received his master of Architecture diploma from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He graduated with his thesis topic about the effects of migration with commercial activities on cities .

After his master studies he worked three years at West 8 and OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), both located in Rotterdam. He was guest Curator for the Turkish pavilion at the Mare Nostrum section of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2005. In 2007 He has won several international and national competitions starting with Ceuta 187 social housing units. That momentum established IND [Inter.National.Design]. In 2014, His IND team succeeded to win the Internation competiton Canakkale Antenna Tower which ended up in construction to be finalized in 2020.

Akdoğan is a co-author of the book Research for Research concerning the architecture works of Bruno Taut edited by Bart Lootsma.

He is the designer of “Kavuşma Durağı” an exhibition and performance pavillion at Taxim square which attracted public attention on use of public space.

Ömer Devrim Aksoyak

Ömer Devrim Aksoyak, who graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSGSÜ) Department of Architecture in 2004, took part in many national and international projects and workshops on the scale of architecture and urban design during his undergraduate education. At the same time, he carried out publications and exhibitions on the scale of urban design and planning, and coordinated “Space, Play and Architecture” workshops in 2014, 2016 and 2019. He took part in the design team of the project that won an award in the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Orhangazi Square and Surrounding Urban Design Project Competition held in 2013.

In 2009, he completed his graduate education at the University of East London (London, United Kingdom) School of Architecture and Visual Arts with his thesis titled “Morphological Evaluation in Urban Design of Istanbul Historical City” and received the title of Master of Architecture (MArch). Completed his doctoral thesis studies, which he started in the MSGSU, Urban Planning Doctorate Program, in October 2019 with his thesis titled “Approach of Historic Urban Landscape Oriented Site Management Plan in Conservation of Cultural Heritage”. He started his academic studies as a research assistant at MSGSU, Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning, Department of Urban Design, and continues as a Dr. Lecturer at Abdullah Gül University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Department of Architectural Design and Criticism.




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