Walid El Turki
BA (Hons) 3DD I.D, BA (Hons) Arch, DipArch RIBA
Languages: Arabic, English
Following my formal education at Brunel & Brighton University, I worked with Zaha Hadid Architects on the Phaeno Science Centre competition, before returning to Brighton to complete my Diploma in Architecture, graduating with Distinction in 2001. I worked in the UK, rising to Director level, and in 2003 returned to Libya to start my own practice, the Allabina Architectural and Engineering Consultancy.
Be¬tween 2006 and 2011, Allabina developed a diverse range of projects, working with architects such as Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA, Foster & Part¬ners, Atkins and many others. I chaired and was an adviser to different strategic projects including the committee over¬seeing the design of the main air¬ports (Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabha, Labraq).
Since my election to the RIBA in 2009, I have pushed myself to create better design and construction services in Libya, founding several key design and construction consultancies. My main achievements are in starting El Turki Construction and Real Estate Investment, Libya Design Consultancy, and culminating in opening the Adn School of Design in 2016 (www.adnschool.ly).
2016 – present Founder, Adn School of Design, Tripoli, Libya
2013 – present Founder, El-Turki Construction & Real Estate Investments, Tripoli, Libya
2013 – present Founder, +381 Design, Serbia
2012 – present Co-founder of Libya Design Consultancy, Libya
Non-executive Chairman at Wahat Tourism Investment & Development Company
Member-elect, Cyrene Fund for Sustainability & Development, Green Mountain, Libya
Project Manager for Industrial & Urban Cities for Ras Lanuf & Brega designed by FLUOR
Advisor/Consultant to the LCAA ( Tripoli, Benghazi, Sebha, Labraq), arch. ADP INGINIERE
Co-ordinator for design development for Youth Centres, Ministry of Sports, Libya
Co-ordinator for design development for Education buildings prototype for secondary schools, Ministry of Education, Libya
Co-ordinator for design development for first time home buyers, Ministry of Housing
2009 Formally elected as a member of the RIBA, UK
2007 – 2012 Project management contract with ODAC, managing over 50 projects across Libya, acting as local consultant to various architects and engineering practices.
2006 – 2012 Member of the Board of Directors at Enmaa Tourism Holding Investment Company
2003 – present Chairman & CEO of Allabina Architecture & Engineering Consultancy, Libya
2001 – 2003 Architect & Overseas Director, LCE Architects, UK
2001 – 2003 General Manager, Allabina Architecture & Engineering Consultancy
1999 – 2001 Architect & Assistant, Zaha Hadid Architects, Germany
1998 – 1999 Design and supervision of engineering works in Tripoli, Libya
1994 – 1996 Design & supervision of private work in Tripoli, Libya
1993 – 1994 Décor Engineer for Rowland Design – UK/London
I have diverse skills, including drawing, sketches, collages both by hand and digitally, model making and photography.
My main focus is in early design development: the concept. I have developed a method called the “design birth process”, describing a journey of design. It begins with literature extracts from a selected text, and continues through a course of nine actions. Upon the completion of each action, a design idea is described in both text and drawings as it evolves in the mind, each action relating primarily to its precedents and increasing in detail and complexity as it is developed. It is a rigorous process that accumulates steadily, and is an approach that can be applied to art and architecture. This has been developed in the Adn School of Design.
2007 – 2012 Local consultant for Zaha Hadid Architects, peoples conference Hall, Tripoli Libya
2008 – 2011 Local consultant for Foster and Partners, Tripoli line, mixed use development, Libya
2007 – 2009 Local consultant for LCE Architects Tripoli University, worked on nine University Faculty
2009 – 2011 Local consultant for Ramboll Engineer company, Tajoura Garden, Libya
2007 – 2011 Local consultant for Ramball Engineer company, Green Mountain Development
2009 – 2011 Local consultant for Atkins, Al Waha complex, Airport road, Tripoli, Libya
2007 – 2011 Overall coordinator for the sustainable masterplan development of the declaration of Cyrene in Sept 2007 (architects: Foster and Partners)
2009 – 2011 Local consultant for OMA (Rem Koolhaas) Oasis Project Wahat, masterplan of Ghadames and Sabha, Libya
2009 RIBA Membership
1999 – 2001 Brighton University: Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Pt II) – Distinction
1996 – 1998 Brighton University: BA (Hons) Architectural Design (RIBA Pt I, High 2:1)
1991 – 1994 Brunel University BA (Hons.) in Three Dimensional Design (Interior Design)
1982 – 1991 Boarding Schools, UK (GCSE , O Levels , A Levels)
Competitions / Awards
2015 Nominated for the Archimarathon Awards, Doshma Café Gallery, Tripoli, Libya
2001 Nominated for RIBA Silver Medal
2000 Open competition to master-plan new city quarter in Ostrava, Czech Rep.
1999 UNESCO-WREN Sustainable Housing Scheme. Final 10, Letter of Commendation
1999 CAA Eco-Hotel in Lewes, England. Commended, placed 5th of 147
1998 Noel Davies Prize (Brighton University, architectural presentation & technique)
1994 Letter of Commendation, (Brunel University, Historical and Critical Studies)
Available on request.
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