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Jack of all architectural trades: an interview with Semsa Bilge

November 30th, 2015


Jack of all architectural trades: an interview with Semsa Bilge

Recently, we had a number of designer who focused on a very organic and flexible approach to 3D modeling and design. Today, however, we are taking a look at the other side of the spectrum - the hard earned fundamentals and precision of Semsa Bilge.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hello, my name is Semsa Bilge, I was born in 1979 in Ankara Turkey. In 2002, I graduated from Ankara Hacettepe University as an Interior Designer. Since 2002 I have been interested in the 3D modeling industry. For my first job, I started modeling furniture and furniture accessories. Later on, I worked on Interior and Architectural Design, Project and 3D Modeling for 13 years. Over time, 3D modeling also became a hobby for me.

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How did you break into the industry? What helped you get your first job/sale?

Right after working in private sector as an Interior Designer for 4 years, I continued my career as a Freelance Interior Architect since 2006. I started selling my designs and 3D models in 2012 and CGTrader helped me go further in my profession and I prefer to use CGTrader because it is multi directional.

What do you think are the most important skills for a designer to have?

I think 3D designers should follow an agenda while working and must have a great imagination. There is no limit in this industry and I think it is essential to constantly improve your abilities as a designer if you are interested in this process and aim to achieve the best you can.

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What kind of research do you do before you start a project? Do you go with the flow or have a very good idea how everything goes?

Beginning with a sketch drawing generally is a good start for a project, but this is not always necessary. Mostly, I start a project thinking about all the factors from a three dimensional perspective, afterwards making the technical drawing. So, I‘d say I have a good idea of where I‘m headed with a project.

How would you best describe your projects in three words?

Symmetrical, kinetic and creative.

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What tool would you consider indispensable for your work?

Coffee or Beer and Electronic Music.

What would you recommend a beginner to start with and what to avoid? What would you have told yourself when you were starting out?

My belief is that beginners must think multi-directionaly and always improve themselves without falling into repetition. I also use these aspects as guidance to keep improving myself.

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ow do you take a break from work? What are your hobbies?

I love watching documentaries, reading books. I‘m also interested in electronic music - I like experimenting with it and currently am an amateur DJ. In my spare time, I also like dealing with 3D modeling and Concept Design. I explore not only small objects, but also wide-ranging ones. My future goal is improving myself in all these areas.

Are there any future projects you can tell us about?

My Future aim is to be a more successful Interior Architect and 3D Modelling Expert. I work intensively on local projects, but would like to be a part of International Projects. My biggest goal is making better and bigger 3D Models. If I become famous in the design Industry through great design and modeling, my biggest aim will be fulfilled.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am sure that I will make most part of my dreams come true within 5 years. I never do with less, I always want more. Of course, sometimes I find myself inadequate in some areas but I always try to improve myself. I know that I have achieved better works comparing to previous years. My next step will be starting my own business in Architectural Industry. By gathering my own team, I want to be more successful both in Architectural Work and 3D Modeling Projects.

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