The objective of this paper is to investigate the origins of design research in Turkey from various perspectives. The roots of design research can be traced back to the declaration of the Republic and its reforms relating to universities and the educational system, when the influences
of refugee German professors soon became significant. Demand for design research coexisted at the periphery with the development of industry; and currently, design research is undertaken primarily by design academics, graduate and postgraduate students.
Established in 1998, The Design Journal is an international, refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts. The journal is published four times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators, and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.