Sustainable Interior Architecture Education: Contents Taught to Interior Architecture Students in Turkey
Begüm Gökdağa, Simay Özkanb,
aDepartment of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Hacettepe University, Ankara,
bDepartment of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Faculty of Fine Arts Design & Architecture, Atılım University,
Keywords: Sustainability, Interior Architecture, Sustainability Education, Sustainable Interior Architecture
As the first quarter of the 21st century is about to be completed, the world is dealing with many environmental problems and it is predicted that the situation will become more dire every year unless the sustainability philosophy is implemented. For this reason, in order to educate the decision makers and citizens of the future on sustainability, the United Nations defined the period between 2005 and 2014 as “Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” and advocated that sustainability should be taught to people of all ages. From this point of view, many universities have started to include sustainability content in the education programs of occupational groups that support environmental problems negatively. As for interior architecture, in 2006 The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) added sustainable design to its interior design professional standards, revealing the need for the interior architect/designer to offer "flexible, sustainable, adaptable design and construction solutions". Since interior architecture is one of the professional groups that play the most active role in the formation of the built environment, it is very important for future interior architects to meet sustainability in their education life and learn both theoretical and practical knowledge. As stated in the UNEP (2020) report, buildings constructed or to be built in developing countries are a potential source of carbon emissions. In this study, the existence of sustainability in interior architecture departments in Turkey, a developing country, has been analyzed and a research has been conducted on which contents of sustainability Turkey teaches the interior architects of the future.