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Walid El Turki

BA (Hons) 3DD I.D, BA (Hons) Arch, DipArch RIBA


Nationality:  Libyan

DOB:  01.01.1971

Status:   Married

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 (

Professional Experience

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.

Key Roles

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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