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 + 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 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 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: http://designcognition.info) and with Johan Verbeke (Action Research) since 2013.

Member of eCAADe, ACADIA and UNICEF donors
Web of Science Research ID


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Book Chapters

NEWTON, C.,PAK, B., (2015-forthcoming) Integrating critical (design) thinking into virtual learning environments: an exploration of the possibilities through theory and design,"E-learning" edited by Petar Jandric & Damir Boras, to be published by Springer.

PAK, B., NEWTON, C. (2015-forthcoming) Eversion as a Generative Metaphor for Situating Virtual Worlds in Architecture and Urban Design Education, Virtual Worlds in Online and Distance Education,  Planned for publication by as an Open Access publication (online and print) in the Issues in Distance Education series edited by Terry Anderson (Athabasca University, Canada)  (accepted-forthcoming) to be published by NOVA Science.

LANDRENEAU, E, OZENER, O, PAK, B, AKLEMAN, E, and KEYSER,J, (2006) Interactive Rule-Based Design - An experimental interface for conceptual design, Van Leeuwen, J.P. and H.J.P. Timmermans (eds.) Innovations in Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, Dordrecht: Springer, ISBN-10: 1-4020-5059-3, ISBN-13: 978-1-4020-5059-6, p. 433-446.

Book Editing

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2013). Knowing (by) Designing Conference Proceedings, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels, KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture/LUCA ISBN:9789081323864.

AG-UKRIKUL, C., PAK, B., (2011), Brussels/canal: Everyday spaces in transition, uAD studio 2010-11, International Program Urban Architecture Design Track, Semester 01, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture Publications, Brussels/Belgium, ISBN:9789081323833. (Available as a print book)

Journal Papers

PAK, B, Verbeke, J. (2014-forthcoming) Geoweb 2.0 for Participatory Urban Design: Affordances and Critical Success Factors, Special Issue: DESIGN AGENCY, 3, International Journal of Architectural Computing.

Verbeke, J. (2013) Redesigning the urban design studio: Two learning experiments, Journal of Learning Design, Vol 6 SPECIAL ISSUE - DESIGN EDUCATION 45-62, Queensland University of Technology.

PAK, B.,  VERBEKE J. (2012) Design Studio 2.0: Augmenting Reflective Architectural Design Learning Using Social Software and Information Aggregation Services, Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCon) Vol. 17 ISSN 1874-4753.

PAK, B, OZENER, O,ERDEM, A, (2006) Utilizing customizable Generative Design Tools in Digital Design Studio: Xp-GEN experimental form generator, International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 4 - no. 4, pp. 21-33.

PAK, B., ERDEM, A. 2010 Design Decisions in Computer-Aided and Conventional Architectural Design Processes, ITU Journal of Architecture ISSN: 1303-7005.

ERDEM, A, PAK, B, (2005), Information and Communication Technologies in Design Studio: New Tools, Strategies and Techniques at Work, ITU Journal of Faculty of Architecture Volume 2 / No 3-4 - spring - fall 2005 ISSN 1302-8324.

Research Project (2009-2012)
PAK, B. 2012. A Virtual Environment for Analysis and Evaluation of Alternative Urban Development Projects for the Brussels Capital Region, Institute for the encouragement of Scientific Research and Innovation of Brussels, Prospective Research for Brussels Project 2012. (430 pages)

International Conference Papers
VROUWE, I., PAK, B. (2014), Framing Parametric and Generative Structures: A Novel Framework for Analysis and Education, Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle.

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2014), ICT-enabled Civic Empowerment and Participation: in Design, through Design, Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) ConferenceNorthumbria University, Newcastle.

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2014), A Cybernetic Model for Participation {in} and {through} Architectural DesignCreative Adjacencies 2014 Conference, ALFA ADU2020 Project, KU Leuven University Faculty of Architecture, Gent, Belgium.

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2014), Geoweb 2.0 and Design Empowerment, Digital Humanities 2014 Conference, the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2013), Walkability as a Performance Indicator for Urban Spaces, Strategies and Tools for the Social Construction of Experiences, Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) ConferenceDelft Technical University  Faculty of Architecture, Delft.

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2013), Design Studio 2.0 in Luxembourg: Using Social Geographic Web Platforms to Enhance Design Learning, 47th Intern. ASA (Architectural Science Association) Conference, Hong Kong.

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J.  (2012) , A Web-based Geographic Virtual Environment for the Analysis and Evaluation of Alternative Urban Development Projects Prepared for Brussels, ACADIA 2012 Annual International Conference Synthetic Digital Ecologies October 18-21,  San Francisco, California.

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2012), Virtual Worlds and Architectural Education: A Typological Framework,  Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) ConferenceCzech Technical University  Faculty of Architecture, Prague.

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2012), Affordable Web-based Collaborative Mapping Environments for the Analysis and Planning of the Green Networks of Brussels Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) ConferenceCzech Technical University  Faculty of Architecture, Prague.

WÜRZER, G., PAK, B., (2012), 
Lawnmower: Designing a web-based visual programming environment that generates code to help students learn textual programming Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) ConferenceCzech Technical University  Faculty of Architecture, Prague.

PAK, B.,
VROUWE, I. (2011) Design and Development of Low-Cost Portable Immersive Spaces, ACADIA Conference 2011 Integration Through Computation University of Calgary, Canada

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2011),Usability as a Key Quality Characteristic for Developing Context-friendly CAAD Tools and Environments, Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) Conference, University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. , AG-UKRIKUL, C. (2011) An “Open-Source” International Urban Design Studio organized in Brussels, Utilizing a Web-based Geographic Virtual Environment Prototype for the Collaborative Analysis of a Fragile Urban Area, Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) Conference, University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2010) A Virtual Environment Model for Analysis and Evaluation of Future Development Projects for a European Capital, Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) Conference, ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule), Zürich

PAK, B., VERBEKE, J. (2010) Models for Creating the Prospective City: Opportunities and Challenges of 4D GIS and Virtual Environments, Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) Conference, ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule), Zürich

GLANVILLE, R., PAK, B. (2010) Quasi-Entailment Mesh, European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, 2010, Vienna/Austria

PAK, B., KUHK, A. (2009) Re-inventing Brussels: how knowledge on alternative urban development projects can alter urban policies, The 4th International Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), The New Urban Question, 2009. Amsterdam/Delft, p.1421

Design Periodicals

PAK, B. (2009) Challenging the Cultural Frameworks: a Dialogue with George Legrady, XXI Architecture Design Periodical, Istanbul. Vol 75 February 2009, ISSN: 1303-9598

PAK, B. (2009) Cutlery, Shoes, Faucet and UFO: Antwerp Port Authority Building. Yeni Mimar, Istanbul, Vol 75 July 2009. URL:http://www.yenimimar.com/index.php?action=displayArticle&ID=757

PAK, B, (2009) A review of Marcos Novak's latest exhibition "TURBULENT TOPOLOGIES" and interview with the artist. (XXI Architectural Design Periodical, July 2009)

ERDEM, A, PAK, B, (2007) A New Paradigm in Architecture: Real or Virtual? (Yeni Mimarlık Paradigması: Gerçek mi Sanal mı?), Arredamento Architecture Journal, December 2007, No. 208 pp.64, Boyut Publications, Istanbul

blogged by burak pak @ Thursday, November 17

400 Saniye

blogged by burak pak @ Tuesday, May 5

PG.W Workshop

PG.W is a workshop organized at Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture in 2004. The workshop aims to focus on possible implementations of 3d modeling methods widely used in entertainment industry. By integrating 3d modeling means to the design environment, it is possible to enhance creativity and record design history, in other words, document and evaluate all stages of development independent of chronological time. Another consequence could be integrating these design environments to CAM environment thus, attaining a continuous design and manufacture cycle.

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