Burak Pak, PhD

Burak Pak, PhD

Bruxelles, BE



Post-Doc, KU Leuven (University),  Faculty of Architecture
 + Researcher, Texas A & M University VIZlab and Carnegie Mellon University, Computational Design Lab
 + PhD in Architecture, Istanbul Technical University (Co-advised by Prof.Dr.Ömer Akın / Carnegie Mellon University)  
 + Master of Science in Architectural Design Computing, Istanbul Technical University 
 + Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Yildiz Technical University 

Burak's research covers an interdisciplinary area between architecture and urban design, participation and digital spatial media. The two main and complementary focus points are exploring and enabling bottom-up participation {in} and {through} reflexive research and design practices.

After two years of professional architectural practice 2000-2002, he worked at the Istanbul Technical University as a design consultant and research associate. As an adjunct researcher in ITU Faculty of Architecture, he was actively involved in design studios and visualization courses. He attended to architectural competitions and worked freelance for architectural offices such as Kisho KurokawaDoğan Tekeli - Sami Sisa.  

After being employed as a member of the founding committee and lecturer in the ITU Information Technologies in Design Graduate Programfor 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 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 Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, KU Leuven (University) on a research project about "Analysis and Evaluation of Alternative Urban Projects for the Brussels-Capital Region" ( Link of the Research Program). 

He is currently teaching the Urban Design Studio (International Masters, Brussels Campus) and Design Studio (Masters, Urban and Spatial Planning) Courses at the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture . Moreover, he is involved in the teaching of the Research Training Sessions (for PhD students) with Professor Ömer Akın since 2008 (more info: and with Johan Verbeke (Action Research) since 2013.



Leuven University / KU Leuven Faculty 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


KU Leuven, Bruxelles, BE, Architecture

Post Doctoral Study, “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


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”


International Exchange PhD Researcher Grant, Istanbul Technical University, Grant


Golden Spider Web Award 2009 / Turkey, Award

(on behalf of Dogan Media, Turkey)


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)


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