Throughout his career, Selçuk Avci has aimed to balance the theory and practice of architecture, working both as an architect and recently also as a developer. Along side this he has always put at the forefront of his thinking the idea of holistic design and made this a focus of all his activities in the design and development of buildings and the built environment.
Born in 1961 Avci graduated from Bath University in England. He has taught at the Architectural Association (AA), the London University Bartlett School of Architecture, Bath University School of Architecture, the Delft Technical University, and Ljubljana University School of Architecture as visiting professor. More recently he has set up a new Eco Design unit in Istanbul, at the Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. After gaining a strong professional footing in eco sensitive design at some of the world’s leading proponents of the practice of sustainable design in practices such as Feilden Clegg Bradley Design, Energy Conscious Design Architects and ARUP Associates, Selcuk founded AVCI ARCHITECTS in London and has since designed projects in the UK, Turkey, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Ghana, Czech Republic, Serbia, and Saudi Arabia. He co-founded URBANISTA INTERNATIONAL, a development company, in London and Istanbul with his partner Markus Lehto in the Spring of 2007.
The practices he has lead have won numerous awards and prizes both international and national and he has published works in numerous journals and books. One of the most notable was the inclusion of his practice AVCI ARCHITECTS in “A Guide to 50 Best Young Practices of the UK” published by the Architecture Foundation. In the UK his projects were awarded various prizes, including an RIBA Regional Award for Royal Holloway University International Centre, and a Queen’s Civic Trust Award, for the HQ of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. In Turkey he was awarded a first prize for the practice’s entry in to a master plan design competition organised by TOKI, Turkey’s national housing development company. More recently the practice was successful in a limited design competition for the Turkish Contractor’s Association’s HQ in Ankara which will become the first building to employ a labyrinth underground cooling system in Turkey.
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