The subject of this paper is to interrogate interdisciplinary relationships as part of basic design education. Within this framework, examining the relationship between philosophy and architecture as part of basic design practices, this article investigates considering art as an instrument and the experience of benefiting from this instrument specifically for basic design studio. The aforementioned experience points to the generation of theories and space through the basic thinking forms/tools of philosophy and architecture. The study is comprised of six main sections, which can be listed as Introduction, Being Instrumental: Thinking to Think, Intellectual Instruments of Philosophy, Basic Design and Philosophy, Basic Design Studio: Theory and Space, Discussion. Paper, which examines the instrumentalization of art through the existing similarities, commonalities and differences between the disciplines of philosophy and architecture, demonstrates the relationship between philosophy and architecture through the theory and space theme by sampling a method as part of basic design education. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.