INAR 384 USER NEEDS AND SATISFACTION IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
Meets: 14:40-17:30, Thursday
Instructor: Assist Prof. Dr. Z. Ezgi Haliloğlu Kahraman  
Telephone: +90 312 2844500/152 
 
COURSE DEFINITION
 
Interior architecture is a designing process that produces enclosed spaces of buildings in human environment. This process does not only require technical knowledge on interior design but also meet with the physical and emotional needs of the user. The latter requirement of interior architecture brings the concept of “user-centered design” into the agenda. This concept indicates a designing process of which users are accepted as one of the actors and their needs, expectations, and satisfaction effectively influence the stages. This course helps students adapt into their professional life in which they unavoidably consider the needs of users.
 
The course combines theoretical discussions, readings, group works, and surveys on user-centered design process to provide a mix of integrating concepts on user dimension in design. Therefore, this course which accepts the interior architecture as a comprehensive process covers three stages of this process. The first stage includes the theoretical discussions about user-centered interior design. Second, this course introduces the techniques to analyze the user profile and needs, and to evaluate the user satisfaction in the interior design process. In this stage, students prepare the inputs for their production. Last, students produce their design projects by using the outputs of the user analysis process.
 
This course aims to develop design student’s understanding on involving user dimension into the design process. It improves the students’ skills to analyze user needs, expectations and satisfaction. Within this framework, students learn how to communicate and interact with, get feedback from, and evaluate the inputs about the users in the design process.