The Action Figure.  The Studios.

I am Mehmet Dogu - a curious person by nature (in all respects).

Mostly I'm curious about things and how they work and sometimes why they don't. That's the designer side - to find solutions to problems or to make things better.

Thanks for looking at my website. Depending on the url - you've either landed in guitars (and musical instruments), design (including exhibitions, architecture, vehicles, furniture/lighting and crafts) or art.

I am a passionate maker. I love the research, the trials and failures and successes the collaborations, the friendships and the journey. I evaluate all of my work and strive to make the next one better or to take another step, to find where the work will go or where it will take me.

 

What I make are tools for understanding, tools for expression, tools for experience. Some of the learning and experience stays with me, but the most fulfilling work is that where I can create a situation or an object for joy, insight, change. It's my way of contributing and I hope, enact positive directions for those who encounter this work.

It has been an interesting path, not always easy but always fulfilling. Actually, I really haven't had much choice in the matter. It has been a calling and I have tried my best to learn as much as I can so I can provide as much as I can.

There has been so many people and institutions that I am grateful for. They have initiated or helped to shape my trajectories. They have been un-met heros, heros that I've met, strangers who have become friends and those who have helped and have no idea. Thank you to my mentors and bosses and co-workers and collaborators. Thank you to my family, my friends and the communities I get to share time with. Thank you to my clients and customers. Thank you all!

I hope you like what you see. It's been a fun ride and it would be great to have you along. Drop me a line with questions or comments or a chat - looking forward to hearing from you.

photo - Linda Wilson

EXHIBITIONS

Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara - Exhibition Design and Production

The Centers for Disease Control - Exhibition Design (contract) (Atlanta)

Modern Atlanta - Exhibition Design (contract) (Atlanta)

Plan B - Exhibition Design (contract) (Hamburg)

Gallerie Renate Kammer - Exhibition Design (contract) (Hamburg)

Princeton University - Exhibition Design (student contract)

Ralph Appelbaum Associates - Exhibition Design (NYC)

The Third Istanbul Biennial - Exhibition Design (contract)

The Museum of Modern Art - Exhibition Design and Production (NYC)

The Visual Arts Center - Exhibition Design and Installation (contract) (Anchorage)

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

Action Figure Studios - Owner (Santa Barbara)

Firefly Development and Firefly Design/Build - Owner (Santa Barbara)

Perkins+Will - Research Knowledge Management, Technical Coordinator (Atlanta)

Steelcase, Applied Research and Consulting - Session Designer and Facilitator (Palo Alto)

Gould/Evans - Designer, Project Manager (Phoenix)

Sauerbruch Hutton Architects - Designer (Berlin)

Orcutt/Winslow Partnership - Job Captain (Phoenix)

Richardson Smith Architects - Designer, Project Manager (Princeton)

Regele Builders - Project Manager, Estimator, Designer, Finance (NYC)

TEACHING

UC Santa Barbara

Georgia State University (Atlanta)

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)

Southern Polytechnic State University (Atlanta)

Arizona State University (Tempe)

Hochshule fur Bildende Kunste (Hamburg)

Princeton University

University of Utah (Salt Lake City)

LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS AND JURIES

KA Connect (San Francisco)

PKAL - Project Kalidascope (Washington, DC)

Pecha Kucha Atlanta

Modern Atlanta

Historic Preservation Boards of Hamburg and Berlin (Hamburg)

Columbia University (NYC)

Purdue University

Istanbul History Foundation

New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark)

Syracuse University

Columbia University (NYC)

ART EXHIBITIONS - SOLO

Poem 88:  “Living Color – a Meditation in Three Parts;” Atlanta

whitespace:  “Gallery Light Rug – Three Installations by Mehmet Doğu;” Louise E. Shaw – curator; Atlanta

The Evergreen House (The Johns Hopkins University):  “Subjective Truths;” Jackie O’Regan – curator; Baltimore, MD

Gallery Fruchtig – Lobo:  “Lobo Motion – 3 Installations in # 3 Elvis Presley Boulevard;” Annette Gloser – curator; Lobo (TX)

AIA Architecture Gallery:  “Art Detour Exhibition – Field 02;” Phoenix

eyelounge:  “construction;” Phoenix

Guest Atelier and The Gallerie Renate Kammer; “real, near-real, sur-real;” Hamburg, Germany

10 on 8:  "...Drive...;” New York City

 

ART EXHIBITIONS - GROUP

Swan Coach House:  “Architects as Artists – Untitled (painting);” Atlanta

Lifecycle Building Center:  “Grand Opening – Untitled (light piece);” Atlanta

Swan Coach House:  “Little Things Mean a Lot – Untitled (paintings);” Atlanta

Terminus Gallery:  “Wood Work – Digital Series # 01 and #01;” Atlanta

MoCAGA:  “Movers and Shakers – Member Schinkel;” Atlanta

whitespace:  “The December Show – selected gallery artists + - untitled;” Atlanta

eyedrum:  “Unbuilt Atlanta – X Marks the Spot;” Karen Tauches – curator; Atlanta

Spruill Center for the Arts:  “Looks good on Paper - untitled;” Julia Fenton – curator; Atlanta

Studio Aiello:  “Heads – twelve untitled portraits;” Denver

Irvine Fine Arts Center:  “Out of the Digital Domain 2 – The Wet Series;” Carl Berg – curator; Irvine

Tucson Museum of Art:  “Arizona Biennial 2003 – Member Schinkel and Travel Series;” Toby Kamps – curator; Tucson

Lodo Gallery:  “Gallery Artists Exhibition – Field 01;” Phoenix

Istanbul Buyuk Sehir Beliediye Baskanligi:  "Fotograf Yarismasi – The Galata Tower with Antenna;” Istanbul, Turkey

Westbeth Gallery:  "Tribute to Black History – Black burns to White;” New York City

Anchorage Museum of History and Art:  "Earth, Fire and Fiber - untitled;” Anchorage

Visual Arts-Center Arco Gallery:  "Sculpture Dialogue:  Anchorage and New York – NYC on my Mind;” Anchorage

ART RESIDENCIES

The Evergreen House (The Johns Hopkins University)

The City of Hamburg – The Guest Atelier

The Visual Arts Center (Anchorage, Alaska)

GRANTS

Hochshule fur Bildende Kunste

Arizona Commision on the Arts

Rotary Foundation Scholarship

Princeton University

EDUCATION

LEED AP

Princeton University - Master of Architecture

Middle East Technical University

University of Utah

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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