Vol. 11 No. 2 (2014): Space Syntax

A fuzzy AHP model for designing spatial relations in user perspective

Asena Kumsal Şen Bayram
Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology, Istanbul, TURKEY
Sinan Mert Şener
Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Istanbul, TURKEY

Published 2014-12-01


  • Fuzzy AHP,
  • hospital,
  • polyclinic

How to Cite

Kumsal Şen Bayram, A., & Mert Şener, S. (2014). A fuzzy AHP model for designing spatial relations in user perspective. A|Z ITU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, 11(2), 369 - 382. Retrieved from https://www.az.itu.edu.tr/index.php/jfa/article/view/471


Todays ever-changing information and value systems, make custamization and user become more important day by day. These changes are in a direct relationship with design, therefore with architecture. Since user centred design is becoming more important in architecture, the traditional design processes become inefficient. This research aims to make a model that meets these new needs of users and architectural design. The first part of the paper describes the methodological and theoretical base of the model. These foundations are drawn from the theory of Fuzzy AHP which is a method used by engineers mostly. This research will use this method to show if a parametric method that is used by engineers can be applied to a non parametric field like user centred architecture. The ability of this method, which is changing non-parametric values into parametric values, has vital importance to architecture, where qualitative values should be used with and quantative values. User needs will be turned into numeric values by help of this method during the research. Hospitals are one of the most relevent places with user satisfaction. Today healing hospital concept become more and more important, so hospitals are good typologies to make this research over. Hospitals are the places where time, and distances have vital importance. Therefore considering way finding not only in paths but also in spatial connections become a major.