Just like in education programs of indoor architecture, the importance of theoretical and applied studio courses (Project-design) that are for improving students' design and creativity skills are very crucial in education programmes of other design and creativity disciplines. In this education process, the most important fact that makes students get ready for the profession and focus on design process is the applied studio courses (Project-design) that presents basic design and indoor concepts. The place (the subject of design) which is assigned for project courses helps students to gain different experiences. For this respect, project topics which are changed every term are very important for indoor architecture education. In the scope of this study, students' experiences based on the project subjects at the department of Indoor Architecture at Karadeniz Technical University in the spring term of 2012-2013 were analysed. Project subject of 4th term was decided as "The Physical Renovation of Traditional Designs for Touristic Aims in Sille Konya". This subject is a different experience for the students as it is located outside of Trabzon and inside a historical environment and it is also themed with sustainable tourism. The survey conducted with students revealed that students worked cooperatively, learned to create designs by focusing on economic, physical, social and environmental conditions and also historical themes of the region, got information about how to use specialty of a place properly for touristic aims and communicated with society and local administration directly. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.