Student Chapters - General Information

Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Architecture, Turkey



Together with the departments of City and Regional Planning and Industrial Design, the Department of Architecture is one of the three departments of the Faculty of Architecture. The main activities of the METU Department of Architecture are training facilities and scientific researches. Training activities include undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D programs in the fields of architecture, building science, history of architecture and conservation science. These fields basically focus on the research areas listed below:

  • Theories and Methods of Architectural Education
  • Economic Aspect of Building
  • Basic Design and Visual Communication
  • Architectural Design and Theory
  • Building Materials and Construction Technologies
  • Construction and Detailing
  • Structural Design
  • Efficiency and Sustainability
  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Control and Services
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Building Performance and Maintenance
  • Building Acoustics
  • History of Architecture
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Landscape Design and Planning
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Professional Practice

Faculty of Architecture has a Documentation Center (DOME), including an extensive Slide Archive. The Faculty also has well equipped CAD and 3D studios with printing, plotting and scanning functions and GIS workstation. There are two audio-visual rooms equipped with video, VCD, DVD and PC display facilities. Building Materials Conservation Laboratory of our Faculty serves as a teaching and research unit in charge of materials studies for the conservation of cultural heritage. Photogrammetry Center , W ood and Metal Workshops , printing and photography studios give service to a great variety of production in the Faculty. Solar House built by students is a laboratory for research in energy and environmental control.
The Department encourages interdisciplinary studies, exchange programs for students and staff in order to develop international co-operations for research and training with other research institutes, organizations and universities. It also supports organizations of exhibitions, symposiums and other events in cooperation with national and international bodies.




The objectives of the Student Chapter are:

  • to encourage the development of research interests among its members and create awareness of research significance in construction
  • to provide a forum for disseminating, sharing and exchanging research skills and experience within the Student Chapter and towards other CIB Student Chapters
  • to improve the contact and benefits with other CIB Student Chapters and the global research community
  • to facilitate and promote joint research and academic exchange with other CIB Student Chapters and the global research community.


The Work Programme is as follows:

  • Create and organize a forum for discussion and internal exchanging of research findings and experiences. Organize internal meetings and activities to enhance the sense of community among the members.
  • Organize workshops and seminars to disseminate and share research experience and findings by invited speakers / experts from METU, from European, national and international companies, universities and institutions.
  • Establish contacts with other CIB Student Chapters by participating in or arranging international workshops, symposiums or other similar activities.
  • Establish contacts with CIB commission and CIB member institutions.
  • Develop and produce a newsletter for the Student Chapter on regular basis (at least once a year), and also be presented from the website of Student Chapter and CIB home page.
  • Mapping of new research findings and experiences within the research area of the Student Chapter.
  • Establish partnerships with other CIB Student Chapters for the initiation of possible sister CIB Student Chapter in other countries to develop closer research linkages.

The Student Chapter at METU Department of Architecture pursues to follow the planned program. It involves minutes of meeting on deliverables, publication of a newsletter at least once a year, contacts established with at least five other CIB Student Chapters and presentation of a proposal for an invitation to a workshop or seminar that is given at METU Department of Architecture, Turkey. In accordance with the work program, the Student Chapter also organizes joint research activities with sister Student Chapters and other CIB Student Chapters.


The Department is an active member of European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) and an associate member of International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). It also participates in some international programs. These are Erasmus Program, Student Exchange Program and European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one institution to another. In addition, by means of biletaral agreements, exchange of students and academic staff has been provided between the partner institutions.

The CIB Student Chapter at the METU Department of Architecture is open to all postgraduate and research students of the Department. It is expected that members will:

  • have a strong interest in research and innovation in the areas of building design and built environment, and
  • actively participate in the functions and events organized by CIB Student Chapter

The Student Chapter has its own established membership rules that comply with the CIB's Mission Statement on set out in the CIB Constitution.



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