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Understanding Behavior to Design Better Spatial Experiences

Design whether it’s designing a product, an interior, a building or a neighborhood is not solely an artistic pursuit. Yet, especially in field of architecture, design decisions are mostly based on organizational charts, number of people and required equipment/furniture for tasks. Then a concept is developed mostly based on analysis of existing projects but responding to specific requests of the decision maker who generally pays for the design work. The future users of the planned design are not expected to contribute to these design decisions. The result is unmet needs of real people that leads to lack of place attachment, lack of satisfaction and lack of performance. This talk will present large array of examples to show the methods to involve users in design decision making with emphasis on built environment. The selected projects will come from learning, care, workplace environments and outdoors.

Who is Orçun Kepez

Orçun Kepez is an advocate of human-centered design of the built environment to support health and well-being of daily users. Upon receiving his BSc and MSc degree in Architecture (ITU), he received PhD in Design degree from North Carolina State University, and completed his postdoctoral research at the Natural Learning Initiative. His expertise expands various user groups including special populations (e.g. children, elderly) and environments (e.g. learning and care environments, workplace). His research was awarded by prestigious international organizations such as European Union (Marie Curie Fellowship), Turkish Cultural Foundation, American Society of Interior Designers and International Furniture and Design Association. He is the founder of the very first Active Learning Center in Turkey via research and development grant received from Steelcase Education and Polyvision. As an academic, he was the two term (2010-2016) chair of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environment and Advisor to the President of Kadir Has University (2018-2019) for development of the new campus facilities. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kepez’s inter-disciplinary research and consultancy helped national and international organizations to make spatial decisions that makes a difference in people’s lives.

About the organizer

UXservices is a specialized user research and user experience design consulting firm, based in Istanbul, Turkey. UXservices has a global reach to latest UX and usability know-how thanks to its active role in international organizations like UXPA, UX Fellows and IAI. UXservices has credentials and experience in a wide variety of interface platforms at different industries including telco, banking, finance, retail and more.

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