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May 25, 2022

Interior architecture & industrial design associate professor publishes design research

Submitted by Thom Jackson

Kutay Güler, Kansas State University associate professor of interior architecture & industrial design, is publishing the article "Structuring knowledge-building in online design education" in the International Journal of Technology and Design Education.

In the abstract, Güler writes: "Design education has traditionally been deemed a face-to-face endeavor causing online learning to be disregarded as a viable teaching option. Nonetheless, the recent impact of COVID-19 pressured design schools to rapidly migrate online, impelling many educators to utilize this unfamiliar and largely dismissed methodology. The impending problems exposed with this sudden shift point to a significant gap in research. Accordingly, this study proposes a set of guidelines targeting design knowledge-building, based on an in-depth look at student experience during an online design course."

Güler has won multiple awards as an interior architect and associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design. His research focuses on the intersection of environmental design dynamics and digital tools. Aside from numerous papers in high-impact-factor journals such as Computers & Education, Museum Management and Curatorship, and the Journal of Simulation, he authored two books: "Simulating Visitor Behavior" and "Interior Materiality." He has edited a volume titled "Contemporary Issues in Housing Design." In addition to his academic work, he has completed more than 60 commercial and residential interiors along with numerous other design and visualization projects for international clientele.