IX. of the ARCHTHEO '15 / Theory of Architecture Conference Series will concentrate on the relationship of'Architecture and Criticism'as an internal part of architectural theory.ARCHTHEO '15 will be held betweenOctober 30 and November 1.Texts, criticism, historiography, historical discussions, writings, case studies and multidisciplinary studies are going to be the main topics of the conference.

The first of the theory of architecture conference series ARCHTHEO has been held since at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University focusing on the possibility of the theory without the backing of the practice or built environment. The title was, therefore, "Theory for the Sake of the Theory" in an emphatic fashion. In 2012, the discussion centered on the Living and space, the main has been chosen as "House&Home' in particular. ARCHTHEO '13 focused on the two leading roles in architecture, the architect and the so-called 'user' and 'Creativity, Autonomy and Function' has proved to be fruitful discussion theme. Last year, 'Architecture and Text' has been discussed.The conferences, which has the focus on history rather than theory has started even earlier, in 2010. Architecture and Media, Architecture and Art, Interactions in the History, Architecture and Politics have the main themes of the events.

Since 2011, a total of 424 presentations by scholars from different places of the world has been hosted by ARCHTHEO Conferences and nine proceedings and a book of selected papers has been published.

This year, conference proceedings are going to be published as an e-book with an ISBN number, which will be given to you in a DVD box and a printed versionwill be sent to be reviewed for inclusion in the "Thomson & Reuters Web of Science's Conference Proceedings Citation Index" (CPCI) and Google Scholars.

ARCHTHEO is a multi-track conference. Architecture and Criticisim is the main topic of the event, but other topics listed below will also be included in the conference program.

Equal consideration will be given to papers from any topic listed below. All talks will be given 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Abstracts will also be considered for the poster session and for virtual presentations.

Abstracts should be around minimum 200, maximum 600 words. They should contain detailed information related to the research field, methodology, references and conclusions. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair with no identifying information of the presenter in the document. Invitation letters for the conference will be sent to authors upon evaluation of the submitted abstracts, which should take three weeks after the submission.



  • Criticism and History of Architecture
  • Architectural Criticism, Critical Theory and ‘Critical Architecture’
  • Essential Texts on Architectural Theory
  • Architect as Author: Texts by the architects

Commenting on Space

  • Multidisciplinary Studies on architecture
  • A structural relationship between architecture and text
  • Traveling, dairies and urban space
  • Philosophy and architecture

Book and architecture

  • History of architectural publishing
  • Book and architecture: Architectural Writing
  • Case studies on terminology and points of view
  • Definition and concepts by architectural movements or periods

Fiction and Architecture

  • Imagery Places
  • Fictional Spaces
  • Utopia and Dystopia Remembered
  • Rhetoric, metaphors and architecture


  • Design as a Critical Tool
  • Architectural History as Critical Practice
  • Critical Theory and Space
  • Ideology and Architecture
  • Architecture and Capitalism
  • Reformism and Radicalism
  • Architecture and political art
  • Controversies, counterparts and confrontations in architecture

(This track is connected to the Critical Approaches Research Direction of DAKAM)


  • Everyday life, ideology and culture
  • Phenomenology and architecture
  • Anthropology, locality and 'low' architecture
  • Body, movement and space
  • Perception, feeling and space
  • Metaphors, symbols and people
  • Lives of Buildings
  • Public and private life
  • Objects and interiors
  • The problem of scale in architecture
  • Buildings, urban life and environment

(This track is connected to the Everyday Life Research Direction of DAKAM)


Historical Perspectives

  • The history of home & house
  • House design in the 21th century
  • Interior design and home
  • House in the 20th century
  • Architectural movements and house
  • Houses of the Architects
  • The “Genius Loci” of House
  • History of individual spaces and modernity

Social Perspectives

  • Politics and House
  • Representation of space in the fictional narration and fictional places
  • House from the perspective of social sciences (sociology, anthropology etc.)
  • Advertisement, fashion and home
  • City Planning and daily life
  • Social media and living in the digital space
  • Physiological perspectives to the house
  • House & Architectural Education
  • Ideological and historical dimensions of architectural communication and representation of house (drawings, models, diagrams, digital design techniques etc.)

Theoretical Perspectives Definitions and role of “House” as a theoretical discussion

  • Daily life and architecture
  • Philosophical approaches about house/dwelling
  • Definitions of house/home
  • Theory of the house: Manifests
  • Architectural criticism on housing & house



  • Artistic creativity and models of creative process
  • Creativity in history of art and architecture
  • Modern architecture as a new way of producing space
  • Post modernism and architect's new role
  • Alternative ways of designing and constructing
  • Subjective and objective values of creativity
  • Space as a composition
  • Space as a perceived object


  • Architectural design and "Free Will" of the architect
  • Architect as an artist
  • Critical point of view towards the existing living ways
  • Rejection of the past: Tabula Rasa
  • Redefinition of existiong forms and referencing to different styles
  • Realm of authority of the user
  • Structural creativity, technological progress
  • Autonomy in moral, pholosophical, psychological terms


  • Architectural and social function of space
  • Architect as an engineer
  • Politics, urban planning and design
  • Advertising and the image of a building
  • User's role on design and architecture

(This track is connected to the Critical Approaches Research Direction of DAKAM)