Digital Natives and the Digitalization of Interior Design Studio

By Omer Kutay Guler.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The methods and tools that comprise the education landscape are continuously evolving and bringing new progress. Every year the student profile differs from the previous year; each year students are increasingly becoming more comfortable with the digital environment. This indicates that continuously evolving technology and user profiles demand the education process to answer this situation.
In design studio courses, students negotiate design decisions with the instructor and shape his/her design decisions accordingly. This process demands that every student has individual attention which introduces time management problems. Therefore, tracking the teaching process becomes difficult for the instructor. Additionally, the newly emerging technological tools go unnoticed whereas mostly, traditional teaching methods are employed.
The interior design process is also evolving and integrating the digital teaching processes and increasingly accommodating the digital domain. Studies have been conducted that transmit the design education process to the digital environment. These studies vary from online courses to design education in virtual worlds. In this study the interior design studio models that employ digital technology will be analyzed and discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of these models will be examined and the transformation of interior design education will be discussed.

Keywords: Digital Design, Digital Natives, Interior Design Studio, Online Courses, Virtual Worlds

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.91-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 700.361KB).

Omer Kutay Guler

Research Assistant, Department of Interior Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey

Research Assistant Ömer Kutay Güler was born in 1984 in Kütahya, Turkey. He completed his middle and high school education in Kütahya Ali Güral High School. In 2002 he was accepted to the Interior Architecture and Environmental Design program of Bilkent University (Ankara) with full scholarship and graduated in 2006. In 2007 he was accepted to the Department of Interior Architecture of Dumlupınar University (Kütahya) as research assistant. In 2009 he received his MFA degree by completing the Interior Architecture and Environmental Design master program of Bilkent University. Later in 2009 he was accepted to the Interior Architecture PhD program of Anadolu University and moved to Eskişehir. He is currently continuing his PhD studies and working as a research assistant at Anadolu University.