A total of eight preparatory class architecture students participated
in this session. Guest Assit. Professor Dr. Ahmed Obrali? was among us to share his experiences. In addition, senior architectural
students Bü?ra Nur Ayd?n and Miraç Aydo?an accompanied to the session. Professor
Ahmed could speak Turkish, so it was not necessary to translate. Before I
started the session, I explained the purpose of the project to the students. I
mentioned that these encounters would enable them to identify their departments
and professors. I have indicated that this information will take them one step
ahead of other colleagues. I wanted them
to ask anything they wondered, and I requested the students to be active
throughout the session.
Professor Ahmed first asked the students whether they were determined
to be an architect or not. He mentioned the importance of being willingly doing
this profession. He explained what courses he gave at IUS and which classes he
works on in the faculty.
As I mentioned earlier in the plan of the project, what should be the
characteristic of the architect student is few of the main topics we talked in
the session. I asked the students what the characteristics of an architect is.
The students gave different answers to the question. The answers were as
follows: they should be active, convey their knowledge, and have a different
point of view. Professor Ahmed talked
about the difficulty of students between being an artist and being a
businessman. He mentioned that being an architect is creativity. According to
him, architects should use a combination of logic, mathematical thinking, and
their originative thinking. At the same time, an architect must introduce and
sell the project to people like a businessman. An architect must be open to
innovations and follow world trends. An architect should be patient and hard
working. It means long hours at the office and class, working out lots of
Another topic of the session was the working life of architecture.
Professor noted that experience is important in this department as in all other
professions. Professor Ahmed’s first business experience was in the third grade
of the faculty. According to him, his salary was his professional network
because he met with many people, he signed many important projects.
Architects develop projects and they draw it, they spend most of their
time in the office where they meet customer and work with other architects and
engineers. One of the difficulties of business life is working with other
people. A civil engineer can tell you to change the project or a contractor who
wants to make more money may want to design an extra room. Professor Ahmed
mentions that the architect should not forget his task in these situations.
According to him, an architect should answer people’s needs and create a
comfortable living area for them. Also, architects do field work. They can find
out what’s around the building. It helps to meet needs according to the status
of people living in that environment.
Another issue was that how architects develop their projects. After discussing and agreeing on the initial
proposal with the consumer, the architect will make a final construction plan.
The plan includes the details of the building’s appearance and construction.
Projects plans show drawings of the structural system like heating, and
ventilation systems; electrical systems; communication systems; plumbing etc.
Sometimes architecture develops landscape plan for the environment. The
architect must comply with state and local building codes, zoning laws, fire
laws and other laws and regulations when they create a design. Hand-drawing
skill is important during the conceptual stages of a project. On the other
hand, they use a computer for creating designs and construction drawings.
Meanwhile, architect check contractors for the design, adhere to the schedule,
use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. In many cases,
architects collaborate with workers of related occupations, such as civil
engineers, urban / area planners, drafters, interior designers. As construction
continues, the architect also visits the construction site to confirm that the
customer’s goal is met and check the progress of the project. Architects do not
only work on construction sites. They also work in government offices,
municipalities and home-offices.
The last topic of the session on architecture was how to be an
academician. Professor Ahmed has Ph.D., and he mentioned that there are lots of
higher education organizations in the world. An academician who does not have
practical experience, are not able to help students. Practical experience of at
least 5 to 6 years can help to an architect to be an academician. This is
important for giving practical knowledge to students. The professor recommended
the students to continue doing business as an academician.
Lastly, the professor showed the video of the holiday village where he
designed the project. Then we answered
the students’ questions. One of the students said she wanted to do an
internship after completing the freshman and she is not sure about the
difficulties. She asked what professor think about it. Professor Ahmed
mentioned that the internship will be useful for recognizing the business
environment. He said that even if some students graduated, they do not know how
to make cement. Internship would provide the experience.
The ELS students asked the senior students about the importance of
English in the architecture department. Miraç Aydo?an said that there are many
terms in the architect and the department is not just drawing. He said that
they had taken a lot of history and theory lessons about architectural
philosophy and that the English level should be good at these courses.