Çağrı İmamoğlu is currently an assistant professor in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design department at Bilkent University. In the current academic year, he is teaching Interior Design Studio III-IAED 301 (Class 3, Fall Semester), Interior Design Studio IV-IAED 302 (Class 3, Spring Semester) as well as People and Environment-IAED 322 (Class 3, Fall and Spring Semester).
Question 1: What was the most disappointing experience of your student life?
I figure nothing in life is disappointing if you give it time and space – that said, it may be difficult to accept things that are unexpected, frustrating or embarrassing at the time. In architecture school, I did not enjoy the tense atmosphere sometimes created by some instructors, so now I am working on contributing to a more positive atmosphere especially during juries where students are already feeling stressed out and tired.
Question 2: As an academic, do you get the chance to sleep? (Does anything change?)
I guess I always created the chance to sleep to a minimum degree, somehow. I do not get bragging about not sleeping for four days because I cannot function without sleep, so I try to get more than seven hours of sleep every day.
Question 3: What does design mean to you and currently, how do you perceive the world of design?
Design is the closest we come to creating something, in a world full of incredible creations, and I find that ability/practice fascinating. That is why I tell high school students thinking of coming to design departments that it is very tough, but they will love it.
Question 4: If you had the chance, what would you change in your student life?
I guess I focused too much on the trees, and sometimes forgot about the forest. So, not only would I narrow my focus on individual design projects, but, just like Burçak Hoca mentioned in an earlier interview, I would attend more social/cultural events in the campus and the city, not rushing to finish school.
I would like to thank you to Çağrı İmamoğlu for his kindness, help and understanding. It is my pleasure to make a interview with you.