Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanya Dilan Akdağ.
Hi Tanya Dilan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m an architect/designer who was born in Ankara, Turkey. I’m also a freelance art director. So, I believe in transdisciplinary work. My dreamwork was architecture since a little girl because drawing, designing, and dreaming are what I do since I’m aware of myself. Then I realize that I can make real what I dream.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It will be a big lie if I say it been smooth road ’cause there was no road at first. As walking determined, you make that road clear. So, there are so many roads but each should trust his feet to draw a new line in this area. I wanted to be a designer at 10 years old and I chose to study architecture. Every night when we were struggling to make models and develop new ideas, we were also thinking about dropping out the school. But that thing kept me walking in that way. Even in business life, there were sometimes that I get so tired of not being able to make things my way but in my boss’ way. When it did happen I start my own design atelier and experienced this way.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an architect, designer, and art director. Recently I have made a restaurant bar called The Lounge while I’m working in an architecture firm. I designed this bar from A to Z. First drawing and planning then leading and supplying all the structural elements. It was so fun that I knew why I do this job. Making dreams real, literally. In addition, I still make some concrete objects and furniture designs in my atelier called ‘tdartelier.’ And also I am art director at my friend Efe’s project ‘Karanlık Oykuler’, you can find it on YouTube.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’d like to share that we are all strong inside and in dark times only art can save us. So I won’t say don’t give up ’cause it’s a brutal world but I say after every falling you can practice a good rising.