Plenary Lecture

Sustainable Initiatives, Ecological and Green Design Implementations in Interior Architecture Education

Assistant Professor Gozen Guner Aktas
Interior Architecture and Environmental Design
TOBB ETU University
Ankara, Turkey
E-mail: gaktas@etu.edu.tr

Abstract: The concept of sustainable, ecological and green design is significant topics that are discussed from lots of different disciplines around the world in the last decade. The importances of those concepts are increasing everyday; while the world population is increasing and the overall quantity of natural resources is decreasing. The conflict of this century can be identified as “an increase in peoples’ life quality while a decrease in the overall consumption of natural resources”. On the other hand the built environments and the construction sector is the area which uses an important amount of energy and materials that are produced by world resources. Researches identify that 50% of the energy and the materials that are produced with world resources are used by the building sector in the world. Interior Architecture and interior design discipline has an important role in construction and built environment sector to provide contribution to the ecological and green design concepts. This study aims to evaluate the ecological and green design concepts within the built environment discipline. Ecological and green design approaches in interior spaces are important parameters for the concept of sustainability and ecological. Energy and emissions in interior spaces with lighting, ventilation, air conditioning thermal comfort, insulation, finishing materials and the surface treatment systems and their contributions to the concept of ecological and green will be awared. Ecological and Green design approaches are discussed in build environment by different scales. Interior architecture as a complex discipline can give great contributions to those concepts. The design of interior spaces can be considered as a complex process from the perspective that, the interior space ought to meet various human needs (ecological, physiological, emotional and socio-cultural) and as a result should stimulate life styles, functional necessities and various senses. On the other hand, interior spaces are the main living areas of the human beings. People spend most of their lives in interior spaces. So it is essential to discuss the concepts of Ecological and Green in interior spaces. Interior architecture discipline can give a great contribution to those concepts by using healthier interior materials, less polluting and more resource-efficient practices that promote the wellbeing of building occupants and results in less drain of the urban infrastructure and natural resources. This important contribution to the area starts from the interior education the concepts of sustainability, ecological and green design should be one of the primary parameters in the educational period. Sustainable initiatives, ecological and green design implementations in interior spaces should be introduced during the educational period of the profession. This study will discuss those concept in the interior architecture education and in design studios.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Gozen Guner Aktas graduated from Bilkent University, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design department in Turkey in 1997. She worked as a research assistant and completed her masters degree in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at Bilkent University in 1999. She continued her professional career in some of the most important design firms of Turkey as an Interior Architect. She completed more than 50 Interior Architecture projects. During her professional career she also completed her PHD degree in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design department at Hacettepe University in Turkey. She is presently continuing her academic studies as an Asst. Professor at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in the department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. Her research interests are; public life and interior space relations, public interior spaces, recreational interior spaces, sustainability in interior spaces, ecological and green design in interior architecture. She is the member of Chamber of Interior Architects of Turkey.

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