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