Mekin Elcioglu, IDSA
Assistant Professor, Kansas State University
Assistant Professor Dr. Mekin Elçioğlu is an Industrial Designer; He had taught studio and other classes before moving to United States to pursue other dreams. He started working in NYC as a design consultant in a private company with a focus in furniture design. He then moved on to a Fine Jewelry Company where he became Head Designer for many years before joining K-STATE. His recent academic area of research and practice, his doctorate dissertation, was on Product Semantics and Affordances. His master’s thesis was on Automotive Design. He is also a pilot, a musician and an avid rider.
Re-Lit: Wellbeing in Educational Spaces
Rapid Fire Group B
August 25, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Breakout - Majestic
In this study, the impacts of lighting design to productivity and motivation in design education’s spaces are analyzed and models are tested. Physiological and psychological effects of designing task-specific spaces are examined. Lighting systems are known to have great impacts on users for their visual performance and psychological requirements. In order to create efficient, functional, ergonomic and pleasing working environments, it is crucial to establish balance between daylight and electric lighting. According to space utilization, appropriate light sources should be chosen and arranged correlating with lighting control devices. This study is conducted to gauge the visual requirements of the students and the faculty alike in post-pandemic educational spaces. The emphasis of this study is on well-being of the users via biodynamic integration to recreate spaces and services in design school environment by using light as a structuring element in a space that influences users’ perception of the space as well as affecting their well-being, motivation and overall performance. Rehabilitation of the spaces should be established via the right visual conditions that help them to perform visual tasks comfortably, safely and efficiently. This study aims to demonstrate how most design students and their instructors spend the majority of daytime hours inside buildings without much contact to the natural elements such as natural light. It is also intended to validate the sense of well-being and relevant biological processes are affected by types of light source as a serious decision-making criterion in the process of rehabilitating spaces within the design schools.