Students of Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (FFAD), Izmir University of Economics (IUE), one of Turkey’s most successful architecture departments, came in first place at the Shell Design Competition organized as part of the 13th Computational Design Research in Architecture Symposium. Sophomores Tunç Çokuysal, Canberk Kaplan, and Barış Dondar, from IUE Department of Architecture, brought a grand prize to Izmir with their design called the “Rib” at the contest held under the theme of “Overlaps and Crossings”.
Students, who prepared for the contest under the guidance of IUE Department of Architecture Faculty Member Assoc. Prof. Güzden Varinlioğlu, and lecturers Onur Dinmez and Metin Şahin, based their design on socialization and diversity.
Student Tunç Çokuysal reported that they worked with ECOFAB, which was a project / design team founded under the leadership of the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (FFAD), Izmir University of Economics (IUE), dealing with many sub-disciplines of architecture. “We were asked to produce shell structures by considering architecture with different disciplines at the contest. As team members, we addressed socialization, descriptive field, and diversity. With our design, we aimed to create the most suitable socialization areas in a way that they would not be affected by the human density on campus, and the areas where students could socialize and rest. We asked 200 students campus wise about where they hung out the most, which cafes they preferred, about their course load, etc. We analyzed the data, and combined them with architectural discipline and created our design,” said Çokuysal.
IUE Rector Prof. Dr. Murat Aşkar stated that each award brought to the most beautiful city of Turkey was very valuable. The Rector congratulated the faculty members and the students, and indicated that the University would continue to represent Izmir successfully at national and global contests, and events with the support of Izmir Chamber of Commerce and the value given to Izmir.