Assistant Professor of Architecture
Phone: (813) 974-6003
Dr. Levent Kara joined the University of South Florida's School of Architecture and Community Design in 2010. He received his B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi (Ankara) and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Kara is a registered architect in Turkey where he practiced for several years before coming to the University of Florida for doctoral studies in 2002 with a full four-year Alumni Fellowship. In addition to his earlier work in Turkey, which involved commissioned designs, competition entries, and construction supervision, Kara recently resumed architectural practice both in Turkey and in the United States. In 2012, he received three design awards from the American Institute of Architects, with his USF INTO Education Building and Museum of Troy from AIA Florida Chapter and USF Z-Bridge Education Building from AIA Tampa Bay Chapter. In 2013, one of his designs in Turkey, Kuscuburun Railway Station in Izmir, received critical recognition in the International Station Centraal Symposium & Exhibition in Istanbul and Ankara. Currently, Kara is a principal in the Ankara based structural and architectural design firm EDK Proje and also works at the USF SACD Design Workshop as a lead designer.
Prior to his appointment at USF, Kara taught design studios and theory and history courses in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Kara continues to participate in the studio reviews at the University of Florida and other Florida schools of architecture. His teaching and pedagogical work also include Visiting Critic at Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi (2012-2013), Invited Critic at TED Universitesi, and Design Curriculum Consultant at TED Universitesi (2012-2013).
Supporting his architectural practice and teaching, Kara’s theoretical research investigates architectural design as a critical practice in the production of culture. To this end, his scholarship mainly concentrates on the epistemology of design thinking, from the fundamental modalities of architectural design in terms of the relation between thinking and making, to the more contemporary discussions on the conceptual and practical aspects of design processes. This main focus on the epistemology of architectural design is further articulated by lateral research on the interfaces between architectural design and other modes of cultural production including formal philosophical investigations in natural epistemology, aesthetics and culture theory, and pedagogical investigations in architectural design and theory. Kara’s writings range from formal philosophical subjects in epistemology, aesthetics, and culture theory, to architectural design, theory and criticism, and architectural pedagogy.
- Kara, L. 2016. Representation vs. Ideation in the Architectural Design Process. Athens Journal of Architecture. Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2016. 27-43. [Editorial selection, refereed]
- Kara, L. 2016. A Comparative Look at the Design Studio in USA and Turkey. International Conference on Quality in Higher Education 2015 Proceedings. 15-18. [Refereed]
- Kara, L. 2015. Process in Architectural Design Education: A Case Study on How to Conduct A Foundational Studio; The Online Journal of Quality in Higher Education. Volume 2, Issue 4, October 2015. 46-52. [Editorial selection, refereed]
International Paper Presentations
- " A Comparative Look at the Design Studio in USA and Turkey." Paper presentation at the International Conference on Quality inHigher Education, December 2-4, 2015, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkiye. [Refereed]
- " Representation vs. Ideation in the Architectural Design Process " Paper presentation at the 5th Annual International Conferenceon Architecture, July 6-9, 2015 Athens, Greece. [Refereed]
Commissioned Design Work
- Arch Bridges Type Study, Turkiye.
- 42 different types of arch bridges designed for the Turkish General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works. Applications of these 42 types of bridges will be taking place in the next ten years across the country. Additional design work is expected when applications start.
- Single-span 100 m. Steel superstructure Bridge Design, Turkmenistan.
- Designed the details of the superstructure in close collaboration with the structural engineers.
- Kara, L. 2015. Process in Architectural Design Education: A Case Study on How to Conduct a Foundational Studio. International Conference on Quality in Higher Education 2014 Proceedings. 327-334. [Refereed]
- Kara, L. 2014. A Critical Look at the Digital Technologies in Architectural Education: When, Where, and How? Interntional Educational Technologies Conference 2014 Proceedings. 1-5. [Refereed]
- Kara, L. 2014. Architectural Design in Broader Spectrum of Cultural Experiences: A Case Study for Hermeneutics in the Architectural Education. The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education. V 4:4, 78-85. [Editorial selection, refereed]
- Kara, L. 2014. Not-from-Scratch: The Sweet Moment of Discontinuity. [Invited article for the forthcoming catalogue of Form of Absence - X-rays / Paintings / Reliquaries exhibition by Paul Robinson]
Commissioned Design Work
- Kuscuburun Rail Station, Izmir, Turkiye
- 3500 m2 local rail station, design and construction.
- Client: Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
- Construction Completed
- Received The American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Design Awards, Honor Award in 2013
Papers Presented at Professional Conventions
- "Process in Architectural Design Education: A Case Study on How to Conduct a Foundational Studio." Paper presentation at the International Conference on Quality in Higher Education, December 3-5, 2013, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkiye. [Refereed]
- "A Critical Look at the Digital Technologies in Architectural Education: When, Where, and How?" Paper presentation at the International Educational Technology Conference, September 1-3, 2014, Chicago, USA. [Refereed]
- "Architectural Drawing as a Performative Act: Representation vs. Ideation" Paper presentation at the 5th Annual International Conferenceon Architecture, July 6-9,Athens, Greece. [Refereed, Accepted]