Burçak Altay, Assistant Professor of Teaching Practice, is currently a full-time lecturer in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design department at Bilkent University. Her courses for the current academic year are Interior Design Studio I, Interior Design Studio II, Human Factors and Special Topics in Interior Design II.

Question 1: What was the most disappointing experience of your student
life?

I don’t recall a very disappointing experience. It was usually fun; at least after the submission of projects! Particularly socializing at night in the studios while creating projects was a good memory I have of student days.

Question 2: As an academician, do you get the chance to sleep? (Does anything change?)

Things change… a little bit. I have at least developed the ability to organize my time a little bit better. So when I sleep on time, I always wake up at about 3.00 o’clock at night and try to finish up my left-over projects!

Question 3: What does design mean to you and currently, how do you perceive the world of design?

I am currently involved with design as a creative process and the factors that inspire and generate successful design projects. In that respect, I am interested in reading and studying the process of successful designers and how both objective knowledge and subjective experience impact their working methods.

Question 4: If you had the chance, what would you change in your student life?

I would attend more social events; lectures, workshops, film screenings, parties around the campus. In later years, you rarely have a chance to be immersed in such a vibrant community with diverse events and activities which broaden your perspective and deepen your friendships.