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Dimensions of Teamwork

Knowledge progress today needs extensive collaboration of different specialties. From one side, we are moving towards “narrowing down” research and specializing. From the other side, due to the nature of our problems and questions today, terms like multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, intra-professional, and similar terms have arisen. They stem from the idea of “teamwork.” Bridging different […]

Education as a Critical Think Tank

During my years of higher education, I have always wondered what the main difference is between me as someone who has the opportunity to experience higher education and someone who has not such access. What major thing changes or should change after this experience? Especially in our time, when the current technology to collect data […]

Opening the “Black-Box” of Distant Design Studio

“In our studio culture, we experiment playfully, analyze thoughtfully, apply rigorously, and reflect critically… Studio culture provides the safe, inclusive environment in which students can take risks and increase in confidence.” [1] Teaching conventional architecture is an interactive process that entails collaborative learning and teaching, teamwork, making physical and virtual models, visiting, and analyzing architectural […]

Open Access Journal

While looking for open access journals in the architecture and design field, I noticed fewer journals exist in this field compare to other disciplines. I found a link to a website called Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which lists open access journals, and I searched for open access journals in the field of architecture. […]

Ethics: An ORI Case Summary

Research Ethics or Morals? The case summary section of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) website publishes descriptive summaries of research misconducts addressed by this office. Research misconducts include unethical practices such as plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification. The case that I reviewed was regarding a former researcher from the University of Alabama at Birmingham listed […]

Mission Statements and Atmospheres

Universities’ mission statements reveal how they wish to represent themselves. During my applying process, I skimmed through the missions out of curiosity to see universities’ choice of words to introduce themselves and their values, even though I did not rely on them more than formal statements. Later, I noticed differences in universities’ educational and societal […]