Institute of Advanced Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1994
Endüstri Ürünleri Tasarımı, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, 1988
Professor Alpay Er 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 briefly at Hacettepe University briefly, he joined the Department of Industrial Product Design at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1997, where he served as the chairperson between 2006 and 2013. He initiated and 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). Professor Alpay Er has been serving as the chairperson of the Department of Industrial Design at Ozyegin University (OzU), Faculty of Architecture & Design since 2013.He is also the director of the Design, Technology and Society Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programs (MSc and PhD) at the Institute of Social Sciences at OzU. Professor Er worked as a visiting faculty at the Universita Degli Studi Della Campania'da (Naples, Italy) in 2017 spring semester.
Professor Er has been active in the Industrial Designers’ Society of Turkey (ETMK) serving as the chairman of the ETMK Istanbul Branch (2004-2006). Professor Alpay Er is a member of Design Research Society (DRS) since 1992, and was conferred with “Fellowship of DRS” in 2006. He served as a member of the Executive Board (2011-2013) of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). He was the first Board Member representing Turkey in ICSID. Professor Er served 2nd time in the board between 2015-2017, during the term in which ICSID was renamed as World Design Organization (WDO). He was re-elected as a WDO Board Member for the 2017-2019 term in 2017.
He has served in several national and international design awards and competitions such as Red Dot, Red Star China, iF etc, acted as a consultant to various institutions and companies in Istanbul on design management and industrial design. In 2012, Professor Alpay Er was titled as an honorary member by the Council of Creative Industries of Turkey, and in 2017, because of his contribution to the development of bilateral relations between Turkey and Finland, the president of Finland honoured him with the Order of the Lion of Finland as a Knight, First Class.
Currently a corresponding editor of Design Issues (MIT Press), Professor Er’s 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 Chinese, German, Italian, Korean and Portuguese languages.