Architecture as a discipline has gone through a serious change since the post-war period and became a recognized
profession focusing on human needs in the physical environments. The issue of educating new practitioners for the
transforming field has turned out to be the subject of a lively debate for the last 10-20 years.
The current position and approach in design studios of Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental
Design of Bahçeşehir University, were thought to be worth putting forth and sharing with the design community to initiate
a discussion for the future of the discipline in general. Consequently, this study was structured to present a paradigm
in Interior Architecture Education by focusing on the case of Bahçeşehir University (BAU) Interior Architecture and
Environmental Design Department design studio education. The four-year program consisting of eight academic semesters,
is addressing the combination of two methods; namely, horizontally organized design studios (HODS), and vertically
organized studio groups (VODS). Currently, this approach is subject to many discussions within the department
due to many aspects. This approach was tested, evaluated and criticized through student and instructor comments collected
via questionnaires. Results were collected and interpreted through three main issues of learning, teaching and
Study moving from general design studio education to the case of Department of Interior Architecture and
Environmental Design of Bahçeşehir University, concludes with general comments, mentioning the lack of literature on
design studio education, and the significance of sharing different approaches and applications. Lastly and specifically,
the revisions following the completion of the experiment in the department was put forth. With reference to the case of
BAU, initiating a discussion regarding current design studio education was intended.
Keywords: Interior Architecture, Design Education, Design Studio Education.
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