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Alp Tural

  • Assistant Professor

Alp Tural is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design Program. His research interests lie mainly at the intersection of interior spatial experience and technology. Using eye tracking and digital photography, he explores issues related to visual perception and building codes. He teaches senior design studios, building systems, and construction documents courses.

Eye tacking and virtual reality as they relate to spatial perception, Lighting design analyses, Building codes, Thermal comfort 

ITDS 4044 Interior Design V
ITDS 3175 Building Systems for ID
ITDS 3184 Construction Documents for Interiors

Select publications

Tural, M. (2022). Webcam-Based Eye Tracking in Interior Design Research: Preliminary Research Design Outcomes and Lessons Learned. Regional Interior Design Educator Council Symposium, October 6-7 2022, Spartanburg, SC.

Tural, M, Tural, E. (2022). Lighting distribution analyses in low-light indoor settings:

An HDR-based analysis to improve night-time lighting design solutions for seniors and the visually impaired. Poster presentation at the 2022 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Research Symposium, Light + Intelligence. Orlando, FL (April 10-12).

Select Grants:

Virginia Tech, ICAT Mini SEAD Grant Fall 2022 Intersecting Interior Design with Virtual Reality: Exploring Visual Stimuli Interventions for Creating Restorative Virtual Reality Environments, USD $6,000 (10/2022-10/2023), Principal Investigator: Tural M.

A systematic analysis of spaciousness in interior environments using eye tracking, Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, USD 2,175 (12/20/2021 - 06/15/2022), Principal Investigators: Tural M.

Virginia Tech, Learning human centered design through environmental assessments, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, USD 1,750.00 (05/26/2022 - 03/15/2023), Principal Investigator: Tural M.

Virginia Tech, Pedagogical interventions to enhance Building Systems course learning outcomes, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, USD 1,880.34 (05/26/2021 - 03/15/2022), Principal Investigator: Tural M.


Journal of Daylighting - editor


Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning, Arizona State University

Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture, Bilkent University

M.F.A. Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bilkent University

B.F.A. Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bilkent University