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Burak Pak, PhD

Burak Pak, PhD

Bruxelles, BE

 

About 

Burak Pak's research and professional interest areas are digital design and education, design computing, generative design, design technologies and virtual environments.
After two years of professional architectural practice 2000-2002, he was employed by Istanbul Technical University as a design consultant and research associate. He contributed to various international and local conferences about design computing and information technologies as a member of the organization and reviewing committee. As an adjunct lecturer in ITU Faculty of Architecture, he actively involved in design studios and visualization courses.

He attended to architectural competitions and worked freelance for architectural offices like Kisho Kurokawa, Doğan Tekeli - Sami Sisa.

Burak Pak was employed as a member of the founding committee and lecturer in the ITU Information Technologies in Design Graduate Program for five years.

He continued his research for 12 months as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Texas A & M University VIZlab and later, in Carnegie Mellon University, Computational Design Lab.

Burak Pak has completed his PhD thesis in Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture. He was co-advised by Professor Arzu Erdem (ITU) and Professor Ömer Akın (Carnegie Mellon University). His thesis involved a comparison of "Design Activities and Decisions in Conventional and Computer Aided Architectural Design Processes".

In January 2009, he received a three-year research grant from the Brussels Regional Government to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in KU Leuven (University),  LUCA / Sint-Lucas School of Architecture on a research project about design and evaluation of experimental virtual environments that support decision making (cordis.europa.eu Link of the Research Program).

He has been teaching in Sint-Lucas School of Architecture Research Training Sessions (for PhD students) with Professor Ömer Akın since 2008 (more info: http://designcognition.info).

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Leuven University / LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Bruxelles, BE, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Jan 2009 - current
 

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, TR, Researcher, Tutor and Design Consultant

Adjunct tutor (Founding Member) Istanbul Technical University Informatics Institute, Information Technologies in Design Graduate Program and Faculty of Architecture

Design and New Media Consultant:
Istanbul Technical University Rectorate

Jan 2002 - Jan 2009
 

Proje Mimarlik Ltd, Istanbul, TR, Architect

Proje Limited Architectural Company, Istanbul

Freelancer: Kisho Kurokawa Architects ( in charge of Proje Architecture Ltd )

Jan 2000 - Jan 2002
 

Education 

KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture (LUCA), Bruxelles, BE, Architecture

Post Doctoral Study, “A Virtual Environment Model for the Analysis and Evaluation of Alternative Urban  Development Projects for the Brussels Capital Region”

promoted by Prof. Dr. Johan Verbeke

Jan 2009 - Jan 2012
 

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, TR / Taksim, PhD, Architecture (with a Focus on Computer Aided Architectural Design)

Co-advised by Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture (Prof. Dr. A. Erdem), TR
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture (Prof. Dr. O. Akin), Pittsburgh PA, USA

Title: “Design Activities and Decisions in Conventional and Computer Aided Architectural Design Processes”

Jan 2002 - Jan 2009
 

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, TR, MArch, Architectural Design Computing

Faculty of Architecture (Prof. Dr. A. Erdem), TR

“A Design Model at the Intersection of Virtual Environments and Architecture”

Jan 2000 - Jan 2002
 

Awards 

INNOVIRIS- Brussels Capital Region Prospective Research Project Type B Senior Post-doc Researcher Grant, Grant

“A Virtual Environment Model for Analysis and Evaluation of Alternative Urban Development Projects for the Brussels Region”

2009
 

International Exchange PhD Researcher Grant, Istanbul Technical University, Grant

2008
 

Golden Spider Web Award 2009 / Turkey, Award

(on behalf of Dogan Media, yenibiris.com Turkey)

2008
 

Honorable Mention -Urban Design, Honorable Mention

Izmit Intersection Node Urban Design Competition, Organized by Municipality of Izmit, Turkey, September 2004

(with İpek Yürekli, Arda İnceoglu, Deniz Aslan, Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktas)

2004
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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