The Architecture and Urbanism Research Academy (AURA) Istanbul invites you to its inspiring summer program, “Istanbul: Past, Present and Future

The melting pot of the East and the West, the great city of Istanbul, now a city of more than 15 million people, has been the capital of two glorious empires, the Byzantine and the Ottoman. With its eight thousand years of human history, it presents researchers a vast amount of architectural legacy to discover and analyze.

Join us in Istanbul for a month of comprehensive analysis of the city with lectures from leading experts in their respective fields. Explore the mechanisms developed through the millennia to different sets of problems by the builders and inhabitants of this magnificent city!

This summer research program will take place in Istanbul between July 8 – August 2, 2019. It is specially designed for undergraduate/graduate students and young professionals of Architecture, Urban Planning and related fields.

The four-week intensive coursework of lectures, on-site visits and studios will provide a valuable opportunity; while benefiting to learn from the distinguished researchers, there will be a chance to collaborate with a diverse group of participants from all over the world.


AURA Summer Academy 2019 takes place between the 8th of July and the 2nd of August 2019. Seminars, field trips and workshops will be held from Monday to Friday for 4 weeks.
At the Architecture and Urbanism Research Academy Istanbul (AURA-İstanbul) Beşiktaş, Istanbul
This summer school is suitable for undergraduate and graduate level students from the relevant departments of Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design, Interior Design And Landscape Design.
The official language of the summer school is English. Transportation All transportation during the program is covered, however, participants need to cover all other travel expenses.
Accommodation will be arranged and covered by the program.
Breakfast and lunches will be covered by the program.

Visa Requirements

Visas are required from foreign passport holders.
Participants should bring their own laptop computers and related hardwares. WLAN is freely available. Please ensure that all your own equipment is covered by your insurance.
Health and accident insurance is covered by the program.
Option 1: 3000 €
Courses, field trip costs, health insurance, accommodation, breakfast and lunch are included.
Option 2: 2500 €
Courses, field trip costs, health insurance and lunch are included; accommodation and breakfast are excluded.
Contact Person
Ms. Seda Altan
+90 (545) 268 4100

There are 20 places available for AURA Summer Academy 2019 and these will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be closed when the program is full.

Summer Academy 2019 program2

Download the schedule here.

Lecturers and workshop themes wıll be announced at a later date