Alpay Er

Professor, Chair of Industrial Design Department

Prof Dr. Alpay Er is the Department Head of Industrial Design. He studied industrial design at the Middle East Technical University (METU) and completed his PhD at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK in 1994. Having worked at Hacettepe University briefly, he joined the Department of Industrial Product Design at Istanbul Teknik Universitesi (ITU) in 1997, where he served as the chairperson between 2006 and 2013. Prof.Dr. Er initiated and has implemented the “Industrial Design for SMEs” project, the first ever design support and education program directed towards small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey, in cooperation  with Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO).  He has acted as a consultant to various institutions and companies in Istanbul on design management and industrial design.. He has also been active in the Industrial Designers’ Society of Turkey (ETMK) serving as the chairman of the ETMK Istanbul Branch (2004-2006).

He has served in several national and international design awards and competitions such as Red Dot, Red Star China, iF, Design Turkey etc. His research interests include design management and strategy, design policy, history and education in emerging countries. His academic work has appeared in international journals such as Design Issues and the Journal of Design History, and translated into Chines, German, Italian, Korean and Portuguese languages. Prof.Dr. Alpay Er is a member of Design Research Society (DRS) since 1992, and was conferred with “Fellowship of DRS” in 2006. He also served as a member of the Executive Board (2011-2013) in the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid). Currently he is a regional adviser to ICSID, and also serves in the advisory board member of Design Foundation in Istanbul (


Research Interests: design management and strategy, design policy, history and education in emerging countries

PhD - Institute of Advanced Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1994

Bachelors - Industrial Design, METU, 1988

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