Ph.D. In Design Studies

About Us

Design Studies PhD Program has been established as a continuation of the Design Studies Master’s Program to conduct advanced research on the discourse, theory, methodology and history on design and design related issues and to provide original scientific outcomes covering all design related fields.

The program aims to develop scientific expertise and capabilities in the field of design studies through the use of creative and critical thinking as well as research skills; innovatively contribute to the discipline by new ideas. It is expected that the Design Studies PhD students will be equipped with the skills of comprehending the interaction across various disciplines related to the field of design, reaching at original conclusions via using new and complex analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills. As novice researchers, every student is expected to be able to conduct an individual research study in the field of design, to be able to analyze the problems from a wider and critical point of view, to be able to synthesize and evaluate the findings. Design Studies PhD Program is also aiming to educate specialized academicians who can develop skills of designing and producing unique models and products that will be certificated as registered design, trade mark and patents through scientific research and theoretical knowledge production. Design Studies Master’s Program students conduct their research in a multi-disciplinary/cross-disciplinary way on the fields of studies and key research topics listed below:


Prof. Murat Bengisu

Materials and design


Technology forecasting

Design history

Design terminology

Material culture


Prof. Ender Bulgun

Fashion design

Clothing technology

CAD Systems and fashion design

Smart textiles

Prof. Deniz Hasırcı

Environment-behavior studies: Learning environments; biophilic design; behavior settings; interior design; participatory design; codesign

Design history: History of Turkish modern furniture; history of Turkish interiors; modern interior design; oral history


Textile arts

Museum studies

Textile design

Traditional textile studies

Textile fibers

Assoc. Prof. Zeynep ARDA

Interaction Design; interface design; human-computer interaction; voice-controlled interaction; smart mobile assistants

Intercultural communication; art, artists and migration; cultural diversity

Branding & Identity; city branding; destination marketing; filming locations

Virtual worlds; virtual reality; physical space to cyberspace; liminal Spaces; metaverse

Image & Identity; social media & self presentation; reputation management 

Online education; design education; nonverbal communication in remote education

Assoc. Prof. Deniz DENİZ


Ecological design

Urban design

Assoc. Prof. Şölen KİPÖZ

Fashion theory and design

Conceptual fashion design

Ethical, sustainable and circular fashion

Assoc. Prof. Onur Mengi

Creative Industries

Urban design

Design Management

Prof. Aslı Ceylan ÖNER

Globalization and urban space

Global city networks

Art and design districts

Comparative urbanization

Assoc. Prof. Arzu VURUŞKAN

Fashion technology

Apparel product development

3D digital fashion


Asst. Prof. Ali ASLANKAN

Housing studies

Housing design and Urbanism

Design education

Asst. Prof. Dr. Lale BAŞARIR

Artificial intelligence in architecture


Post occupancy evaluation

Design optimization

Natural algorithms

Design in massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) environments

Asst. Prof. Dr. Esra BİCİ NASIR

Furniture design

Domestic culture

Design history

Design anthropology

User-centered design

Asst. Prof. Tuba DOĞU

Production of urban space

Social architecture

Critical spatial practices

Assoc. Prof. Emre ERGÜL

Traditional housing

Yacht design

Asst. Prof. F Dilek HİMAM

Fashion theory

Contemporary fashion and dress history

Material culture studies

Museology studies

Textile history

Body and gender studies

Asst. Prof. İlker KAHRAMAN

Sustainable built environment, sustainable neighborhood approach 

Assessing embodied energy and embodied carbon of buildings and building materials

Circular economy principles for building sector

Natural ventilation

Energy efficient buildings

Integrated building design approach (IBDA)

Assoc. Prof. Didem KAN KILIÇ

Non-visual aspects of spatial knowledge: Auditory architecture; olfactory architecture; tactile architecture; the hegemony of sight

Wayfinding in urban environments and interiors

Corporate social responsibility design projects

Asst. Prof. İpek KAŞTAŞ UZUN

Gender studies

Urban studies

History of nation gardens

Landscape design of residential areas

Waterfront design

Asst. Prof. Rabia Özgül KILINÇARSLAN

Contemporary art

Fine arts in Turkey

Curatorial studies

Exhibition design

Visual storytelling

Bioart and biodesign

Assoc. Prof. Gökhan MURA

Migration and design: Immigrant objects; material and visual culture of migration; transnational objects; design in post-migration societies; public space design and visual culture relationship

Technology and design relationship: Artificial intelligence and design (artificial intelligence applications especially in the fields of creativity and health and well-being); wearable technologies

Interaction design: Physical interaction; design of interactive products, systems and services; empathetic design; creative design methods

History and theory of design and visual culture

Asst. Prof. Duygu Ebru ÖNGEN CORSİNİ

Costume design

Stage design

Puppet design

Textile and fashion design

Asst. Prof. Can ÖZCAN

Product-service-system design

Design project management

Design history

Design semiotics

Marine Vehicles and Equipment History and Design

Asst. Prof. Athanasios STASINOPOULOS

Green architecture

Sustainable environmental design

Vernacular architecture and environment

Biophilia and architecture

Asst. Prof. Markus WILSING

Design educational models for the upcoming generations

How the virtual environment effects the design outcome, process and its profession

Development of habitats for the upcoming generations

A possible roadmap of design developments for the next generations

Possible future relationships and integrations of design, society and political structures

Asst. Prof. Deniz AVCI-HOSANLI

Architectural history

Conservation of cultural heritage

Housing production

Housing conservation

Healthcare architecture

Modern Movement interiors in Turkey

Cinema and architecture


History of Ottoman and Turkish Architecture

Urban Systems

Health and Educational Infrastructures

Industrial Heritages
Asst. Prof. Daniele SAVASTA Interaction Design
Information Design
Data Visualization
Asst. Prof. Gözde Damla TURHAN-HASKARA Biobased Materials and Composites
Computational Design
Digital Fabrication
Artificial Intelligence & Machine learning


The priority of the program is to be creative in the design field. It is aimed to make further research and acknowledge the innovational updates in all fields of design. That is why the curriculum has many options in elective courses. As soon as their courses, competency/comprehensive exam, and thesis proposal are completed, students start to work on their doctoral theses. Design Studies doctoral program also allows students to accomplish conjunct doctoral studies.

Students have the chance to spend a part of their education abroad within the scope of ERASMUS. The detailed and up-to-date information about the exchange agreements at the graduate level in different fields of design could be provided from the Office of International Affairs.


Prof. Dr. Deniz Hasırcı, Head of the Department of Design Studies

Asst. Prof. Dr. Tuba Doğu, Coordinator of the Department of Design Studies
Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Avcı-Hosanlı, Coordinator of the Department of Design Studies
Asst. Prof. Dr. Gözde Damla Turhan-Haskara, Coordinator of the Department of Design Studies

Res. Asst. Ali Rıza Bayrak, Assistant of the Department of Design Studies

Aytül Tüzemen, Secretary of Graduate School
Ceren Sucularlı, Graduate School Associate