A total of eight preparatory class architecture students participatedin this session. Guest Assit. Professor Dr. Ahmed Obrali? was among us to share his experiences. In addition, senior architecturalstudents Bü?ra Nur Ayd?n and Miraç Aydo?an accompanied to the session.
ProfessorAhmed could speak Turkish, so it was not necessary to translate. Before Istarted the session, I explained the purpose of the project to the students. Imentioned that these encounters would enable them to identify their departmentsand professors. I have indicated that this information will take them one stepahead of other colleagues.
I wanted themto ask anything they wondered, and I requested the students to be activethroughout the session.Professor Ahmed first asked the students whether they were determinedto be an architect or not. He mentioned the importance of being willingly doingthis profession. He explained what courses he gave at IUS and which classes heworks on in the faculty.As I mentioned earlier in the plan of the project, what should be thecharacteristic of the architect student is few of the main topics we talked inthe session. I asked the students what the characteristics of an architect is.The students gave different answers to the question. The answers were asfollows: they should be active, convey their knowledge, and have a differentpoint of view.
Professor Ahmed talkedabout the difficulty of students between being an artist and being abusinessman. He mentioned that being an architect is creativity. According tohim, architects should use a combination of logic, mathematical thinking, andtheir originative thinking. At the same time, an architect must introduce andsell the project to people like a businessman. An architect must be open toinnovations and follow world trends. An architect should be patient and hardworking. It means long hours at the office and class, working out lots ofdetails, sleeplessness. Another topic of the session was the working life of architecture.
Professor noted that experience is important in this department as in all otherprofessions. Professor Ahmed’s first business experience was in the third gradeof the faculty. According to him, his salary was his professional networkbecause he met with many people, he signed many important projects.Architects develop projects and they draw it, they spend most of theirtime in the office where they meet customer and work with other architects andengineers. One of the difficulties of business life is working with otherpeople. A civil engineer can tell you to change the project or a contractor whowants to make more money may want to design an extra room. Professor Ahmedmentions that the architect should not forget his task in these situations.
According to him, an architect should answer people’s needs and create acomfortable living area for them. Also, architects do field work. They can findout what’s around the building. It helps to meet needs according to the statusof people living in that environment. Another issue was that how architects develop their projects. After discussing and agreeing on the initialproposal 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, andventilation systems; electrical systems; communication systems; plumbing etc.
Sometimes architecture develops landscape plan for the environment. Thearchitect must comply with state and local building codes, zoning laws, firelaws and other laws and regulations when they create a design. Hand-drawingskill is important during the conceptual stages of a project. On the otherhand, 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 civilengineers, urban / area planners, drafters, interior designers. As constructioncontinues, the architect also visits the construction site to confirm that thecustomer’s goal is met and check the progress of the project.
Architects do notonly 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 anacademician. Professor Ahmed has Ph.D.
, and he mentioned that there are lots ofhigher education organizations in the world. An academician who does not havepractical experience, are not able to help students. Practical experience of atleast 5 to 6 years can help to an architect to be an academician.
This isimportant for giving practical knowledge to students. The professor recommendedthe students to continue doing business as an academician. Lastly, the professor showed the video of the holiday village where hedesigned the project. Then we answeredthe students’ questions. One of the students said she wanted to do aninternship after completing the freshman and she is not sure about thedifficulties. She asked what professor think about it.
Professor Ahmedmentioned that the internship will be useful for recognizing the businessenvironment. He said that even if some students graduated, they do not know howto make cement. Internship would provide the experience. The ELS students asked the senior students about the importance ofEnglish in the architecture department. Miraç Aydo?an said that there are manyterms in the architect and the department is not just drawing.
He said thatthey had taken a lot of history and theory lessons about architecturalphilosophy and that the English level should be good at these courses.