Siniša Prvanov was born in Serbia and is currently a lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design at Bilkent University. He is interior architect and educator with over 25 years of experience in high-end design industry and higher education. He is educated at the University of Arts Belgrade (BA, MA in Interior Architecture) and National Technical University of Athens (PhD in Furniture Design). His couses for current academic year are “Leisure Practices and Spaces” (Restricted Elective or Elective), “Detailing Studio” (Class 3), Interior Design Studio III” (Class 3) and “Interior Design Studio IV” (Class 3).
In conjunction with internationally acclaimed architecture firms, his professional work has received several design awards. Prvanov’s artwork has been exhibited internationally in Berlin, Milan, Athens, Monaco, Montevideo and Montreal.
First of all, I would like to thank you for your invitation and initiative to talk together. The questions are really inspiring and finally I have the opportunity to remind myself of my student days and my youth. Sometimes, it is not bad to compare the past and the present. Or maybe Space & Time.
Question 1: What was the most disappointing experience when you were a student?
I’m trying to dig up any bad situation or experience, but unsuccessfully.
Perhaps my university was different, or just the time was more carefree.
What left me most remarkably and indelibly is perhaps precisely our relationship with professors and assistants. We have a lot of time together, often and after hours.
I must point out that at the time, only 30 years ago there were no Internet and mobile telephone. People were hanging out. Achilles was something still new and unproven. We spent a lot of time working out models with technicians, carpenters. They taught us in our school workshops with materials and constructive methods. We’re raiding more with our hands. Craft was our King.
We were never disappointed. We were sad at the end of our studies because we wanted to stay longer all together.
Question 2: As an academician, do you get the chance to sleep? (Does anything change?)
As I have already tried to described our youth before. Nothing has changed in general. Perhaps only time flows much faster than before. Time of quickening. Now days, paradox.
Of course it was the same thing. Projects, day-to-day work, deadlines and expectations. Sleepless nights full of brainstorming and conceptualization. Identical as today.
Here I remember, probably the third year, which was even the hardest. But luckily I had the great help of my then-girlfriend, who had refreshed my drawings in the nights. Today, she is my wife and mother of our daughter.
Social life was so important. Not social networks, ha,ha,ha. Weekends were only for us.
Seating at the desk was tiring and unhealthy. We engaged in sport and moved far more than the new generation.
I must admit; however, that I do not sleep very much even today. Perhaps only the responsibility that drives me in that direction.
Question 3: What does design mean to you and currently, how do you perceive the world of design?
Design means everything for me. Something I’ve been here for, in all these years, has enriched me all the time. Something that keeps me encouraging and gives hope in a better future. And finally, something that can be transferred to younger generations. To you.
The world of design is the world of people. Design can change people’s lives, and this has been proven in recent decades. At this point, it would be good to quote Steve Jobs: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Design is a blend of science, technology, education and vision. What will happen in the future is not known but perhaps a new Renaissance of Humanity. Collective regeneration and probably a long journey towards the stars.
Question 4: If you had the chance, what would you change in your student life?
Maybe more field trips. More magazines, books. More dreams. Or maybe just nothing.
I still feel very grateful to my professors, from whom I have learned so many beautiful things. And today they are indelible.
I would like to thank you to Siniša Prvanov for his kindness, help and understanding. It is my pleasure to make a interview with you.