Alper Küçük is currently a full-time lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design at Bilkent University. His couses for current academic year are “Architectural Drawing” (Class 1), “Interior Design Studio I” (Class 2) and Interior Design Studio II” (Class 2).
Question 1: What was the most disappointing experience when you were a student?
On the very first day of the architecture school, in the Basic Design studio, the first assignment was “a place of well being”, with no further explanation. I neither had the idea what that meant, nor the skills to put it on paper even if I did. Certainly, the professors were trying to shake the ground, but the experience was quite puzzling and frustrating. I can say, that day shaped my approach to teaching: I try to do my best, in empathy, to guide my students when they feel lost.
Question 2: As an academician, do you get the chance to sleep? (Does anything change?)
Deadlines still exist. So does deprivation of sleep. But it gets more difficult to cope with the aftermath.
Question 3: What does design mean to you and currently, how do you perceive the world of design?
Design activity provides one with the curiosity and the skills to look for what is beyond the visible, be it a physical structure or an idea. It is always amazing to hear the dialogue between the idea and the form.
Question 4: If you had the chance, what would you change in your student life?
I would spend more time in the design studio as well as on “site”, to hear and to see more.
I would like to thank you to Alper Küçük for his kindness, help and understanding. It was my pleasure to make a interview with him.