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College of Architecture & Planning


Fahriye Hazer Sancar


FahriyeContact Information:

(303) 492-7497
Office Location: ENVD 156
Office Hours: T, 11:00 - 1:00

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Planning and Design Studies

Degrees Held

  • B.Arch. 1971 (Architecture) METU, Ankara, Turkey
  • M.S. 1972 (Architecture) The Pennsylvania State University
  • PhD. 1977 (Man-Environment-Relations) The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Children, Youth, and Environments Research and Design
  • Computer aided collaborative/interactive planning
  • Land use and design regulations
  • Form based design and active living research
  • Heritage preservation and sustainable tourism development

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Co-Editor of The Journal of Children, Youth and Environments (2004-present)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Design (2003-present)
  • Co-Chair of Urban Design Track, ACSP Conference (2001-2005)
  • Grant Referee for the European Commission, Coastal management (2009)
  • Grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts (1992-1995)
  • Founding Member of the Center for Children Youth and Environments, University of Colorado

Professional Associations



Professor Fahriye Hazer Sancar is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture. She has a Master of Science from the Architecture Department and a Ph.D. from the Department of Man Environment Relations, both at the Pennsylvania State University. Following two years at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh as an instructor of Environmental Design, she returned to Turkey and worked at the Marmara Industrial Research Institute in the Operations Research Unit as a researcher, in the Department of Operational Research and Statistics and the System Sciences Research Institute at the Middle East Technical University. During 1981-1995 she taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her research has been in the area of planning and design processes. She has developed and applied collaborative procedures for urban design and growth management. Her publications address the interaction of social/political context and cognitive/psychological aspects of design and planning. She also has a long-standing interest in studying environmental aesthetics and the vernacular. Her current research projects include participatory research for active living; children’s place attachment in tourism impacted communities; reading the tourism landscapes for form-based zoning; participation of youth in place-making.

She is the co-editor of the Journal of Children Youth and Environments and is on the editorial board of Journal of Urban Design. She is also a founding member of the Center for Children Youth and Environments.

She teaches the interdisciplinary planning/urban design/architecture studio abroad in Turkey, Issues in Planning (ENVD 3124), Environmental Aesthetics (ENVD 4233/MURP 6686), Design Review (MURP6686) and PhD Workshop (DSPL 7003).

Honors and Awards

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, Commission For Educational Exchange, United States State Department. 2001.

Certificate of Recognition by the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (in honor of commitment to diversity and exemplary service in mentoring McNair scholars) 2002

Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Cornell University. 1981

O.E.C.D. Cooperative Action Program, Study Mission Scholarship. 1978


PhD Students (chair)

Ann Skarvedt (2009)
Nicel Saygin (2001),
Diana Shannon (2005)
Kader Al-Gilani (2006)
Korkut Onaran (1999)
Baris Eyikan Onaran (1996)
Bob Cook (1986)

Ongoing Yucel Severcan, Nader Afzalan

Committee Member (graduated): Verle Hansen (2001), Tony Phipps (2003), Sarah Barnum (2003), Ray Abelin (2003), Paul Landers (2004, Geography)Nicel Saygin (2001)

Prior to coming to University of Colorado:

  • Chair (3) Doctoral Dissertation Committees.
  • Chair (15) Masters of Science Thesis Committees.
  • Consultant: various cities and counties in Wisconsin (1984-1994).
  • Referee for numerous journals and proceedings.
  • Boulder County Healthy Communities ProjectBoulder County Healthy Communities Project.

Refereed Articles, Proceedings, Book Chapters

(in review) “Pathways to health: A story of gardening, neighborhood environments and collective efficacy” Health & Place (with Jill, L. et al.)

(accepted) “Connecting food environments and health through the relational nature of aesthetics: Gaining insight through the community gardening experience” Social Science and Medicine (with: J. Hale, C. Knapp, L. Bardwell, M. Buchenau, J. Marshall, and J. Litt)

2010. “Children’s Places: Rural-Urban Comparisons Using Participatory Photography in the Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey.” Journal of Urban Design 15:3 293-324 (with Severcan, Y.)

2009. “In Search of Agency: Participation in a youth organization in Turkey” In: A Handbook of Children’s Participation: Perspectives from Theory and Practice. Percy-Smith, B. and Thomas, N. Eds. Obignton: Rutledge pp. 277-286 (with Severcan, Y.)

2009. "Yerel Yonetimler Kentlerimizin Yasam Kalitesine Nasil Katkida Bulunmalidir?" (How should local governments contribute to the liveability of our cities?") Gundem, 2009 Temmuz (July 2009) pp 26-29.

2008. “Policies and Regulations for Economic Development in Bodrum Peninsula” In: Ed. I. Bakir. Vizyon 2023. Bodrum: Halikarnas Publishing House. pp 28-55. (with Onaran, K.O.)

2006. “Child-Friendly Urbanization” In: Housing Provision to Low Income Groups and Urban Transformation in Turkey. TOKI-Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry-Housing Development Organization pp 205-302.

2006. “A Conversation with Cengiz Bektas—Architect, Engineer, Author.” Children, Youth and Environments 16(2): 207-219. Retrieved [date] from

2006. “16th Street Mall, Denver” Landscape Architecture 96:5 (with Nasar)

2005. “The CYE Journal by the Numbers: Exponential Growth, Most Popular Articles, and More (with vanVliet), Children, Youth and Environments, 15:2, pp. i-viii

2005. “Participatory Photography: Children’s Voices in Municipal Planning” Participatory Learning and Action pp 16-26.

2005. “Tastes of a splendid heritage” In: Goldstein, D and Merkle, A. Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity, Diversity, Dialogue. Council of Europe Publishing, Germany: Verlagsgruppe Luppe. pp 443-458.

2003. “City, music and place attachment: Beloved Istanbul” Journal of Urban Design, 8:3, 269-291

2001. “Designerly argumentation in Boulder, Colorado” Journal of Urban Design 6:1, pp 41-72 (with K. Onaran)

2001. “A people’s love affair with a place: Istanbul in popular songs” In: Ed. Turgut, H. Traditional environments in a new millennium: Proceedings of IAPS-CSBE Network, Istanbul: YEM

2001. “Bitez’de bir yaz studyosu” XXI Mimarlik Kulturu Dergisi, Ocak-Subat 78-79.

1998. “Design review in small towns” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. Vol.25. pp. 539-557 (with Onaran, K.)

1997-1998. “How knowledge is produced for design: Scientific Knowledge vs.Knowledge in Use In Design Education” Environments By Design 2:1 Winter, pp. 29-54 (with Studer, R.)

1998. “Studio instructors talk about skills, knowledge, and professional roles in architecture and landscape architecture” Environment and Behavior 30:2, March 1998 402-421. (with Eyikan, B.)

1998. “Environment and Housing” In: VanVliet, W. Ed. Housing Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage pp. 141-143.

1998. “The Igloo” In: VanVliet, W. Ed. Housing Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage pp. 305-306.

1997. “Evaluating potential effects on urban form and function of a personal rapid transit” Infrastructure 2: 3 pp. 47-55 (also presented at the International Conference on PRT & Other Emerging Transportation Systems. November 18-20, 1996, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-Minnesota. p. 30. with Gore, B.A.)

1997. “Modeling the dynamics of informalization in land-use controls: Using system dynamics to formulate research in land-use planning” In: Barlas, Y. et al. Systems approach to learning and education into the 21st century. 15th International System Dynamics Conference. Istanbul-Turkey: Bogazici University. pp. 219-222.

1996. "Behavioural Knowledge Integration In the Design Studio: An Experimental Evaluation of Three Strategies" Design Studies 17, 131-163

1996. "How knowledge is produced for design: Scientific theories vs. theories in use" In: O.Akin and G. Saglamer eds. Proceedings of Descriptive Models of Design , 1-5 July Taskisla, Istanbul. (with Studer, R.)

1995. "Proposing a Behavioral Definition of the 'Vernacular' Based on a Comparative Analysis of the Behavior Settings in Three Settlements in Turkey and Greece." Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. 12:2 (Summer, 1995) 141-165. (with Koop, T.T.)

1995. "Senior Thesis In Landscape Architecture" In: Linde, J.P. et al. Eds. Reshaping Curricula: Revitalization Programs at Three Land Grant Universities. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Co, Inc. Chapter 14, pp 133-139.

1994. "Postmodern Paradigms and Implications for Planning and Design Review Processes" Environment and Behavior 26:3, 313-337.

1993. "An integrative approach to public participation and knowledge generation in Design" Landscape and Urban Planning. 26:67-88.

1992. "Essay on Issues in Landscape Architecture: On theory and method" Landscape Journal 11:2, pp.178-180

1992. "Design Review: Underlying Assumptions on Substance and Process" In: W. Preiser and B. Lightner, Proceedings of the International Design Review Symposium, University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati- Ohio, pp. 115-132

1992 "Fashion or a New Paradigm: Landscape Ecology, Sustainable Development and Alternative Planning Traditions" Ural, E. (Ed.) Sustainable Development. Ankara: Environmental Problems Foundation of Turkey.pp.43-54.

1991 "A Behavioral Definition of the Vernacular and Implications for Authenticity In Regionalist Architecture" In: Yenen, Z. (Ed) International Symposium On the Architecture of Tourism In the Mediterranean. Vol.II Istanbul: Yildiz University 191- 204

1991 "Planning and design for sustainable tourism development: A quest for authenticity". In: Environmental Problems Foundation of Turkey. Tourism and Environment. Ankara: EPFT (In Turkish, with English abstract) pp.99-133..

1990. "Interpreting Cultural History to Facilitate Socio-Economic Development: Participatory Planning and Design on the Gogebic Iron Range of Wisconsin and Michigan." In: Pamir, H. Imamoglu, V. and Teymur, N. (ed.) Culture, Space and History: Proceedings of IAPS II Vol. IV, METU, 1990, Ankara: METU, Faculty of Architecture Press, pp. 84-95. (with Proctor, D.W. and Alanen, A.R.)

1990. "Knowledge and its integration in Environmental Planning and Design." In: Pamir, H. Imamoglu, V. and Teymur, N. (eds.) Culture, Space and History: Proceedings of IAPS II Vol. IV, METU, 1990, Ankara: METU, Faculty of Architecture Press, pp. 220-229.

1989. "A Critique of Criticism: Can the Avant Garde Embrace the Entire Landscape?" Avant Garde 1:2 (Summer 1989), pp. 78-91.

1989. "System Dynamics Simulation of Spatial Character". In: Milling, P. and Zahn, E. Eds. Computer Based Management of Complex Systems. Springer-Verlag: Berlin-New York-Tokyo, pp. 535-542. (with Allenstein, S.)

1988. "Multi-Level Modeling for Incorporating Public Perceptions into Comprehensive Planning: Door County Example". Review of Regional Studies 18:2 (Spring 1988), pp. 54-69. (with Cook, R.J.)

1988. "A Situational Research Approach for Discovering the Meaning of City Image" in People's Needs, Planet Management: Paths to Co-Existence. D. Lawrence and B.L. Wasserman eds. Washington D.C.: EDRA, pp. 93-98. (with Macari, H.)

1988. "An Integrative Approach for Water Resource Management: An Application in Middleton, Wisconsin." In Proceedings of the 1988 International System Dynamics Conference, Forrester, N.B., Ford, A. and Homer, J. LaJolla, Eds. California: System Dynamics Society. pp. 448-459. (with Wallace, S.D.)

1988. "A Modeling Approach for Proactive Policymaking in Water Resources Management." In: Sustainable Landscapes. CELA 1988, Olson, J.K., Nakaba, K.S., Suttom, B. Eds. Pomona, California, pp. 100-113. (with Wallace, S.D.)

1987. "Implementation and Evaluation of a Modeling Approach to Community Development Planning: Meeting the Challenge of Paradigm Breakdown." In Proceedings, International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. Shanghai, China: The Society, pp. 446-461.

1987. "Towards Theory Generation in Landscape Aesthetics" In Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research and Applications. J. Nasar, ed. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press pp. 459-475 (previously published in Landscape Journal).

1985. "Towards Theory Generation in Landscape Aesthetics." Landscape Journal 4, No. 2, pp. 116-124.

1985. "Survey and Evaluation of User Preferences for Large-Scale Residential Design." Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 2, January: pp. 39-53.

1985. "Procedural Criteria for Planning and Design." In Prospect, Retrospect and Continuity: Proceedings of the 1985 CELA Conference. B. Orland, Ed. Urbana, IL: Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, pp. 210-213.

1985. "Tourism and the Vernacular Environment." In Environmental Change/Social Change: EDRA 16, S. Klein and R. Wener, Editors. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Design Research Association, pp. 47-56.

1985. "Aids for Customizing Generic System Dynamics Models: A Community Development Example." In Proceedings of the 1985 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, M.E. Warketin, Editor, Keystone, Colorado: Systems Dynamics Society, pp. 744-761. (with Cook, R.J.)

1985. "Cognitive Criteria for Structuring System Dynamics Models." In Proceedings of the 1985 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, M.E. Warketin, Editor, Keystone, Colorado: Systems Dynamics Society, pp. 762-775. ( with Cook, R.J.)

1985. "Structuring Complexity: How an MLA Program Got Started." In Prospect, Retrospect and Continuity: Proceedings of the 1985 CELA Conference. B. Orland, Ed. Urbana, IL: Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, pp. 132-136.(with Bazan, E.)

1983. "System Dynamics as a Heuristic for Systems Design." In Proceedings of the 1983 International System Dynamics Conference. Vol. II, J.D.W. Morecroft, D.F. Anderson, and J.D. Starman, Editors. Pine Manor College, MA: International System Dynamics Conference, pp. 863-870.

1983. "Designing Learning Systems for Technology Development: Enhancing the Role of National Research Institutes." In The Relation Between Major World Problems and Systems Learning, Vol. I, G.E. Lasker, Editor. Seaside, California: Intersystems, pp. 177-183. (with Bazan, E.)

1982. "Formal Aids to Model Formulation Using Worth Assessment and Delphi." Dynamica 8, Part II Winter, pp. 90-95. (with Ozgul, B.)

1976. "Cultural-Ecological Interpretation of the Historic Underground Cities of Goreme-Turkey." in F. Moreland, Editor. Alternatives in Energy Conservation--The Use of Earth Covered Buildings. Washington, D.C.: National Science Foundation Publications, pp. 21-36.

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