Burak Pak

Member Since February 11, 2008

+ Post-Doc, KU Leuven (University), Faculty of Architecture (Promoter: Prof. Dr. Johan Verbeke) + 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 interest areas are design research, urban design technologies and virtual environments, digital design learning and education.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 Kurokawa, Doğan 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 design and evaluation of experimental virtual environments that support decision making (cordis.europa.eu Link of the Research Program). He is currently teaching the Urban Design Studio (International Masters, Brussels Campus) and Urban Survey-GIS (Gent Campus) 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: http://designcognition.info) and with Johan Verbeke (Action Research) since 2013.Member of eCAADe, ACADIA.