Adapting Design Competitions to Interior Architectural Pedagogy: “Turkish Pavilion” in Barcelona


While design competitions were used as a part of architectural education before 1990, in recent years competitions have turned into a process where students prefer to participate in line with their own preferences. It is essential to give practical and theoretical knowledge together in interior architecture education. The stages that interior architecture undergraduate students will follow in their interactive education processes can be shaped by empirical methods. The use of various informal methods that will encourage them in this process can support the design processes that students will realize during their undergraduate education and in their professional life. In this context, design competitions are considered as one of the informal education methods to support practical knowledge and adapted to the design process followed in design studios. In this research, the Turkish Pavilion design competition that will take place in the 32nd EAIE Conference and Exhibition organized as a charette by making an open call to the fine arts faculties of 25 universities by the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board was used as a case study in the context of the winning design process. Within the scope of this paper, a short-term competition process which is a preliminary study for university-industry collaborations and competition models examined and its effects on participating students by conducting semi-structured interviews. This study attempts to offer a proposal about how competitions could be adopted to design courses and how interior architectural pedagogy could be specialized within the scope of competitions.


Meric Musaoglu
Research Assistant, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey

Zubeyde Keskin
Research Assistant, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey


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Design Education


Design Competitions, University-Industry Collaborations, Interior Architectural Pedagogy

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