Interior Architecture and Environmental Design

Faculty Members


Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yılmaz KILINÇ


Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yılmaz Kılınç   after he has been graduated with M.S and PhD. (Civil Engineering) from Colorado State University, U.S.A has been appointed as faculty member of Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Division, Water Resources Engineering for 20 years at METU, between 1973- 1993. Beside at DPU, KKU and HKU (Hasan Kalyoncu University), he had served as Head of Civil Engineering Department and Dean of Architecture and Engineering faculty. With permission of METU he had been recruited as UNESCO Expert of U.N and UNDPI Nigeria, Kaduna (1982- 1984) in his field of Water Resources Engineering. In 1985 he had been hired in Higher Education Council- Word Bank Instructor Training project. He had also thought and carried out a project about on Engineering Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering. He had enough national and international publications.  At the U.S.A literature he has “KILINC Equations”.  He had given several conferences and seminars in the field of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. He was a chairman of University Entrance Exam in Ankara(1979- 1981)


Assist. Prof. Dr. Nurgül İNAN (Department Head)


She received her B.S. degree from Architectural Faculty at Istanbul Technical University in 1986. She has worked for several architectural offices, building sites and a factory during her business life. She has received her MSc and PhD degrees from Architectural department at Gazi University. In addition to her professional business life, she gave several courses for 10 years as a part-time lecturer at Gazi University. Inan has published several articles, one of them is included as a chapter in a book, in many scientific journals and has presented papers in many symposiums and congress. She is interested in computer aided design, earthquake-proof building design, kinetic design, ecological architecture and design for disabled people. Inan also prepares audiobooks for visually impaired people in the National Library.


Assist. Prof. Dr. İlkay Dinç UYAROĞLU


She received B.Arch. degree (2004) being awarded first-class honors from Selçuk University. She earned M.Arch. degree on architectural design of community-based/inclusive rehabilitation centres in the Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2008. In the same department, she received her Ph.D. degree in 2015 with his dissertation on inclusive university campus design. During her graduation studies, she had worked as a research and teaching assistant in the Department of Architecture, METU where she worked for teaching architectural design, practice and theory courses and research projects. Between 2016 and 2020, she conducted theoretical and applied courses on architectural design, interior architectural design, inclusive / universal design, disability policy, sustainable design, and urban perception at Atılım University and Başkent University. Her current research fields are architectural education, interior architecture and environmental design education, inclusive/universal design, cinema and disability, refugee and accommodation.


Assist. Prof. Dr. Dilara Gökçen AKÇAY PAÇ


She received the bachelor degree of architecture in 2010 from Gazi University  Department of Architecture. She graduated from the master degree program of Restoration and Preservation Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University with the thesis entitled Studying Traditional Urban Texture Of City Of Tokat Within The Context Of Preservation: Halit Street, Bey Street, Beyhamam Street” in 2013. She completed her PhD at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Architectural Design Issues PhD Program with the thesis entitled “A Study On The Architectural Space In Terms Of Meaning And Subject Relationship” in 2020. She worked as a research assistant in the Amasya University, Faculty of Architecture from 2010 to 2011 and also Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Architecture from 2011 to 2020. She continues her academic studies by focusing on the field of architecture theory and discourse, and makes researches on the interdisciplinary ways of architectural knowledge in literary meaning.


Assist. Prof. Dr. Gizem Kuçak Toprak


She received B.Arch. degree (2009) being awarded first-class honors from Karabuk University Department of Architecture. She earned M.Arch. degree on Architecture Competitions in the Department of Architecture, Gazi University. In the same department, she received her Ph.D. degree in 2020 with new building designs in historic cities. After having the opportunity to work in different sectors and fields, she continued her academic studies as a research assistant (2013-2016), lecturer (2016-2020) and Assistant of Professor (2020-2021) in Atılım University Department of Architecture between 2013-2021. She served as a lecturer in architectural project, basic design, architectural expression techniques courses. In line with her research on the relationship between science fiction and architecture; her research on learning architecture by experience, she opened and conducted Science Fiction and Architecture and Architectural Researches Insitu courses. She has served as a thesis monitoring committee membership, thesis qualification, thesis defense, seminar jury membership in master's and doctoral theses and referee some journals. She is interested in new building designs in historical cities, architecture competitions, architecture design, architecture education, architectural researches insitu, science fiction and architecture and the future of space. 


Assist. Prof. Dr.  Kevser ÇELTİK ŞAHLAN


She completed her undergraduate degree at the Department of Architecture of Faculty of Architecture of Gazi University, in 2001. She got her master’s degree in 2007 with her thesis titled, “The Role of ‘KUDEB’ in the Local Autorities in the Maintenance and Simple Repair Processes of Cultural Heritage, Case Study: Sivrihisar”, in Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Restoration) Program of the Department of Artchitecture of the METU (Middle East Technical University). As the founding partner of “Artı Bir Proje Grubu” architecture firm, she successfully completed the restoration projects of important buildings in Turkey, landscaping and street rehabilitation projects in the field of architectural preservation and restoration between 2007-2011. Furthermore, she also worked as the site supervisor in the project of restoration of historical structures of the General Directorate of Foundations and the Ministry of National Defense between 2008 and 2019. She served in the implementation of public, private and European Union projects as a project manager in leading companies in the furniture industry between 2011-2021. She got her Ph.D. in 2018 with her thesis titled as “The Reflection of Inhouse Textile Production to Space in 19th and 20th century Ottoman Socıety: Tradıtıonal Isparta Houses” which she completed in the Ph.D. Program of the Department of Architecture of Gazi University. She has scientific research on the protection of cultural heritage structures and historical environments and creating self-sufficient spaces in terms of energy. Protection of historical cities and cultural heritage, organizing interiors, energy efficient space production, space and production relations, furniture development and design are among her areas of interest. Her primary goal is to combine her private sector experience and academic competence to carry out qualified scientific and academic studies and contribute to training the manpower needed by the industry.



Assist. Prof. Dr. Merve KURT KIRAL


She graduated from İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, The Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, undergraduate program of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design in 2011 as the 7th of the graduate honour list. In the same university, she finished the postgraduate programme, which she started in 2014 as a scholarship student, with the thesis she wrote on the authenticity in terms of protecting industrial heritage by focusing on Samsun Tobacco Factory Buildings. She attained her Ph.D. degree in 2020 from Atılım University, the Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Architecture Doctoral Program with the thesis titled as “Spatial Formation in Arcades as an Urban Space Element: Ankara-Yenişehir Arcades”. Thanks to this thesis, she casts light on a space typologies by discussing passages” structuring styles in urban spaces with the reasons of space typologies. She worked as an assistant in the lectures of interior design between 2011 and 2014 in Bilkent University, the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. Her academic field of interests are industrial heritage, re-evaluation, interior design, urban/spatial formation, urban space and arcades.



Assist. Prof. Begüm ŞAHİN

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Begüm Şahin graduated from Boğaziçi University in International Trade with BA degree. She has MA in marketing and has studied on product strategies in international markets. She has experience in corporate life in family-owned companies and multinational firms. In 2012, she became an academic researcher in Çankaya University and also a founding member of Technology Transfer Office. She has worked in projects funded by TÜBİTAK, KOSGEB, Development Agency and European Union. In her PhD research she investigated market orientation of startups. She lectures on entrepreneurship and startups and also has roles in acceleration programs as a mentor, pitch jury etc. She is also interested in women entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. She is an international mentor of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and ISSE- Erasmus+ Program. She continues to work as the Director of the Entrepreneurship and Leadership Application and Research Center of our university.


Research Assist. Sare KILIÇ


She has graduated from İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design in 2019, with a full scholarship. She has been doing her master’s degree in the same university and the same department since 2019. Her research interests are person-environment relationship, environmental psychology, third places and place production. She has been writing a thesis on behaviors of individuals in creating boundaries and places in home-office environments.