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Istanbul Technical University

Motto Asırlardır Çağdaş
Motto in English Pioneer Through The Centuries

Established 1773

Faculty 1990, professor 404
Students 22,280

Ayazaga Kampusu
Otomasyon Binasi, Kat: 2
34469 Masklak/Istanbul

Istanbul Technical University (ITU, Turkish: İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi commonly referred to as ITU or Technical University) is an international technical university located in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the world’s third oldest technical university dedicated to engineering sciences as well as social sciences recently, and is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey. ITU is ranked 108th worldwide and 1st nationwide in the field of engineering/technology by THES – QS World University Rankings in 2009. University’s bassketball team, ITUSpor, is in the Turkish Basketball League Division II. The university has 39 undergraduate, 144 graduate programs, 13 colleges, 346 labs and 12 research centers. ITU has 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.


Ottoman Empire
Considered as the world’s second institution of higher learning specifically dedicated to engineering education, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) has a long and distinguished history which began in 1773. ITU was founded by Sultan Mustafa III as the “Imperial Naval Engineers’ School” (Ottoman Turkish: Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun) (Turkish: Devlet Donanma Mühendishanesi), and it was originally dedicated to the training of ship builders and cartographers. In 1795 the scope of the school was broadened to train technical military staff for the modernization of the Ottoman army. In 1845 the engineering function of the school was further widened with the addition of a program devoted to the training of architects. The scope and name of the school were extended and changed again in 1883 and in 1909 the school became a public engineering school which was aimed at training civil engineers who could provide the infrastructure for the rapidly developing country.

Modern Turkey
By 1928 the institution had gained formal recognition as a university of engineering which provided education in both engineering and architecture. In 1944 the name of the institution was changed to Istanbul Technical University and in 1946 the institution became an autonomous university with architecture, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering faculties.

Maçka Campus in the district of Sisli
With its long history of 234 years, its modern teaching environment, and well-qualified teaching staff, Istanbul Technical University today is the personification of the engineering and architectural education in Turkey. Istanbul Technical University not only played a leading role in the modernization movement of the Ottoman Empire, but has also maintained its leadership position in the changes and innovations taking place in the construction, industrialization, and technological realms during the modern days of the Turkish Republic. Engineers and architects trained at Istanbul Technical University have played significant roles in the construction of Turkey’s highways, bridges, dams, factories, buildings, energy production plants, communication networks, and in the development of its villages, towns, and cities. Alumni also played a significant role in Turkish politics. Since its establishment in 1773, Istanbul Technical University has managed to keep itself up-to-date by following the technological developments which have occurred worldwide. The university offers its students an educational environment which is rooted in tradition and yet open to the very latest in modern education techniques and settings. By promoting strong international relationships, this public university also offers its students truly universal educational opportunities which are not limited by national boundaries.

The structure of each “Faculty” at ITU is comparable to those of “colleges” in the U.S. institutions, where each faculty is composed of two or more departments. For example, the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering consists of the departments of electrical engineering, computer engineering, control engineering, electronics engineering and telecommunications engineering.

College of Architecture
Urban and Regional Planning
Industrial Product Design
Interior Architecture
Landscape Architecture


Prof. Dr. Yuksel Demir

ITU Faculty of Architecture, Architecture Department

Prof.Dr. Arzu Erdem
PhD (ITU), MArch (ITU), BArch (ITU). Dr. Erdem’s research focuses on Contemporary Design Theories, the effects of information technologies on architectural design theory and practice. She is currently coordinating/teaching graduate and undergraduate level architectural design studios in Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture. Her pedagogical research explores environments that support creative design process. She has designed several architectural projects and contributed to architectural design competitions. Her professional experience includes design consultancy and project management for public and private companies.

undergraduate level courses: Architectural Design Studio 6/7, Architecture Today, Logic and Theory in Designgraduate level courses: Media Transformation and Cyberculture, Design Futures, Contemporary Theories and Architecture

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