Art and Literature as a Teaching/Learning Interface of Mathematics for Students of Architecture

Sorguc A., Selcuk S. A.

27th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, İstanbul, Turkey, 16 - 19 September 2009, pp.465-472 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.465-472
  • Keywords: Mathematical thinking, mathematics in architectural education, multi-dimensionality of data, mathematics as meta language
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper discusses an educational approach emphasizing the changing role of mathematics and potentials of mathematical thinking in architectural education on the course of changing design paradigm: from designing the product to designing the process. In this context, randomly selected samples of student works, realized within the context of an elective undergraduate course, Arch 333 "Mathematics in Architecture" at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkiye are presented. It is shown that mathematical thinking provide not only to science people a solid ground for further explorations, but also new inspirations to people involving art and design and help them to overcome prejudices and fears related with mathematics in their minds. It is believed that this approach encourages them to discuss complex problems with meta language of mathematics and develop ability to consider the design process as a whole.