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Alper Semih Alkan


Alper Alkan studied architecture at METU in Ankara, where he also received his MArch degree in 2004 (magna cum laude, thesis award nomination). 2003-2007, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at METU, contributing to the master’s design studios, theory seminars and bachelor programme. As architect he worked with Exhibition Design Workshop, designed small musea, temporary and permanent exhibitions and small civic buildings. He conceives representation as the key mediator of architecture at different levels of both conceptual and practical production. It is at the centre of his body of research with a reconsideration of design-thinking to the modes of representation that translates the nature of design in different intelligible forms of communication. The transformation of the cognitive paths in architectural design thinking in the last decades is his main research course with a special focus on architectural drawing and design media. Since September 2007, he’s been a PhD researcher at TU Delft, joined the chair of Public Building in 2011 and teaches design and theory courses.


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