Studio Atmosphere
X-Ray of an Architectural Design Studio

The Pendulum between the Ontology and Epistemology of Architecture





architectural design studio, relational thinking, critical thinking, ontology of architecture, epistemology of architecture


Architectural design studio is a dynamic/interactive/productive atmosphere. This atmosphere is not limited to a physical space — like the school building — but can be produced collectively with the students where the educator comes together with them. Changing the atmosphere during the design process keeps students active, excited and motivated. This motivation triggers creativity. In order to support this creative atmosphere, a pendulum-like movement should be created between the ontology and epistemology of architecture through relational and critical thinking. At this stage, the design of the content and the process of the design studio by the educator come into prominence. In this paper the x-ray of a 3rd year undergraduate architectural design studio in Istanbul will be presented so as to discuss the interwoven relations between the educator, the content, the place, the students and the process.

How to Cite

Avci, O. (2019). X-Ray of an Architectural Design Studio: The Pendulum between the Ontology and Epistemology of Architecture. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 18–23.



Author Biography

Ozan Avci, MEF University

B.Sc, M.Sc and Phd from ITU Faculty of Architecture Department of Architecture and Fulbrighter at PennDesign between 2013–14. Between 2005–17, he worked as a research assistant at ITU. Since 2017, he has been working as an Assistant Prof. at MEF University FADA Department of Architecture. His research interests are body-space-time relations, bodily experience, sensation, representation theories and methods and the interaction between fashion design and architecture.