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March 29, 2021

Interior architecture & product design professor publishes design research

Submitted by Thom Jackson

Kutay Guler

Interior architecture & industrial design assistant professor Kutay Güler’s article “Utilizing visitor simulations in exhibition design process: Evaluating designers’ perspectives” was selected for inclusion in the Journal of Simulation, currently available online.

In the abstract, Güler states, “Throughout the design development process, simulations provide the ability to aid the designer in exploring the relationship between different variables, in various configurations, for as many iterations as needed without any physical commitment. The goal of this qualitative research is presenting in-depth perspectives of practicing design professionals on opportunities and challenges of utilizing simulations in exhibition design process. Data were collected via a series of focus group interviews, adhering to a semi-structured framework. The persisting shortcomings and emerging benefits of simulations were identified and interpreted in relation to existing research. Notable findings indicated a significant demand towards a clear and intuitive user interface and visual output, stressed the minimal presence in work and educational environments and the resulting lack of synergy, and lastly, in addition to the skill requirements and steep learning curve, underlined the reliance on specialized experience to interpret and compensate the output.”

Güler is an award-winning, NCIDQ licensed interior architect and academician. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bilkent University — Turkey, department of interior architecture and environmental design in 2006 and 2009 respectively. He completed his Proficiency in Fine Arts, doctoral equivalent, degree at Anadolu University — Turkey, department of interior architecture in 2012. He earned his associate professorship title from the Inter-University Council of Turkey in 2017. In 2018, he joined the Kansas State University, interior architecture & industrial design department.

His research focuses on the intersection of environmental design dynamics and digital tools. He authored the book "Simulating Visitor Behavior" and recently finished editing the book volume "Contemporary Issues in Housing Design," both from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has also pursued a freelance design career since 2006, during which he completed over 60 commercial and residential interiors along with numerous industrial designs, landscape designs, and architectural visualization projects for an international clientele.

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