Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
IMT5503 Theory of Computer Aided Design Spring 3 0 3 12
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: Turkish
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi SUZAN GİRGİNKAYA AKDAĞ
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: The course is recommended for graduate students of interior design and architectural design.
It comprises the theoretical discussion of computer systems and information technology and explores the ways in which new technologies are reshaping interiors, architectural forms and practices.

1.To discuss contemporary approaches to digital architecture through relevant theoretical positions and paradigms;
2. To enable critical debate on the current state of the art of design tools, media, objects and designer behaviors;
3. To enable projections towards multiple futures of the design profession and consecutive relations among design, designer, designed object, cyberspace and digital media.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
gain knowledge, ability and proficiency in the following subjects:
1. To be able to critical thinking;
2. To understand the interdisciplinary interaction related with the field and to achieve the original conclusions through new and complex ideas;
3. To be able to execute critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of new and complex ideas;
4. To be able to contribute the solutions of national, scientific and cultural problems related with the field, and to support their advance;
5. To be able to develop strategies for future projections.

Course Content

Computer-aided design (CAAD) technology has radically changed the practice of architecture, and yet it has the potential to change it even more radically. This course offers a comprehensive study of the principles, methods, practices and the potential of emerging computational techniques that will affect the future of architectural design.
Computer aided design: Systematic approaches in theoretical context and discourse, concept/product/
Concepts of virtuality, cyberspace, interaction, symbiosis etc.
Future manifestoes: utopias/distopias,
Characteristics of the electronic media as a mean of communication, production and presentation,
Projections on the futures of electronic media and information technologies;
Impacts of cyberculture on the physical world.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) An Overview of Schedule
2) Introduction- General concepts in Digital Environment and İnterior/Architectural Design
3) The Future of Architecture
4) Phenomenology, Perception, Representation in Design
5) Virtuality in Architectural Realm: Virtual Space
6) Space-Time Considerations by the Introduction of Virtual Realm
7) Digital Forms in Digital Environment and Architectural Design
8) Digital Forms in Digital Environment and Architectural Design
9) Midterm Individual presentations and submission of initial papers
10) Digital Design Tools
11) Digital Age and Information Technology
12) Cyberspace
13) Transformations in Architectural Representation -The architectural element in films, experimental depictions of the anticipated modern city and interiors.
14) Final- Submission and presentation of term papers


Course Notes / Textbooks: Programs & Manifestoes on 20th Century
Ulrich Conrads, MIT Press. Massachutes, 1993

Architecture's New Media: Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design,
William J. Mitchell, “Foreword”,
Cambridge, London: The MIT Press, 2004

References: The End of Architecture?: Documents and Manifestos: Vienna Architecture Conference (Peter Noevel(ed.), Academy Editions, 1993

The philosophy of symbiosis
Kishō Kurokawa, Academy Editions, 1994

For an Architecture of Reality,
Benedikt, M., New York: Lumen Books, 1987
The Future of Space: Toward an Architecture of Invention”, Architecture from the

“Introduction”, ”, in Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space,
Elizabeth Grosz, Cambridge, Massachusetts: the MIT Press, 2001

“Foreword”, in Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space,
Peter Eisenman, Cambridge, Massachusetts: the MIT Press, 2001

Animate Form,
Greg Lynn, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999,

Hybrid Spaces: New Forms in Digital Architecture,
Peter Zellner, London: Thames&Hudson,

Digital Utopias, Technoromanticism,
Richard Coyne, the MIT Press, 2001

Mitchell, W.J., Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1999.
Cyberspace: at first steps
Michael L. Benedikt, The MIT Press (July 1, 1992)

The Virtual Dimension: Architecture, Representation, and Crash Culture
John Beckmann, Princeton Architectural Press, 1 Kas 1998

An Introduction to Cybercultures
David Bell , Routledge, London, 2001

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 10 % 10
Homework Assignments 3 % 10
Presentation 2 % 20
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 13 39
Study Hours Out of Class 14 81
Homework Assignments 2 12
Paper Submission 2 12
Total Workload 144

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution