The Department of Architecture at Izmir University of Economics is uniquely located within a faculty of art and design where both faculty and students actively interact and collaborate in a lively atmosphere of inter-disciplinary design culture. Cross-departmental courses, inter-disciplinary research activities, design exhibitions, conferences and other design events contribute to this end.
The department places curricular emphasis on the design studio, where the focus is on improving the required skills for the design of the built environment. This is supported by a range of supplementary courses from architectural technology and computing to the history and theory of art, design and architecture. In addition, students are recommended to choose an area of specialization (Building Science and Technology; Architectural History, Theory and Criticism; and Practical Applications and Digital Techniques) that is fulfilled by satisfactorily completing a series of elective courses given in that area, preparing them for future studies on the topic.