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Ahmet Vefik Alp

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Ahmet Vefik Alp (born 1948) is a Turkish architect and urbanist.


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Alp obtained the degrees of Architect and Diplome Architect in 1971 and 1973 from ITU Istanbul Technical University / Architecture with ‘High Honors’. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Architecture in 1973.

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In 1979, Alp received his masters and doctorate degrees from the School of Architecture at Rice University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled Aesthetic Response to Geometry in Architecture' focuses into the domain of aesthetics and architectural / environmental psychology.


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In 1982, Alp was invited to the College of Environmental Design at King Fahd University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he taught for seven years. During that period, he designed the Turkish Embassy and Staff Housing Complex at in the Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter and supervised its construction.

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In 1985, Alp was appointed associate professor and in 1986 professor of the IAA International Academy of Architecture. In 1989 he became the Founding President of the IAA Regional Centre in İstanbul.

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In 1996 Dr. Alp was appointed as Professor and Chairman of the School of Architecture, Gebze Technical University, Istanbul.


In 1971, Alp became a licensed architect in Turkey. In 1984, he obtained registration in Texas as a ‘Professional Architect’ and became a member of the Texas Society of Architects. In 1986, Alp was accepted by the The American Institute of Architects as a full member. In 1995, he was accepted as a Professional Interior Architect by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. In 1994, Alp was licensed as city planner in Turkey in 1994.

In addition to Turkey and the Middle East, DrAlp has worked in Switzerland and Japan. His projects included the Turkish Pavilion in Yamagata, Japan; the Mosque & Cultural Centre of Turkey, Tokyo; the Marina Park Residences, Istanbul; the Campus of the Gebze Institute of Technology near Istanbul; Historic Villas in Bosphorus, Istanbul; International Tourism Trade Centre, Istanbul; Office Structures & Shopping Malls in Anatolia, Hilton Hotel and Shopping Complex in Kayseri; Political Party headquarters, Ankara; Hotel and Mall, Istanbul; Residences and Mall, İstanbul and Izmir: and Malatya City Hall, Turkey

Alp served as Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey from 1999 to 2002.The Presidium of the International Academy of Architecture has bestowed upon him the distinguished title of ‘Academician’ in 2000.

In 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 respectively, Alp ran unsuccessfully for the Metropolitan Mayor of Greater Istanbul. His proposals for the restoration of the disturbed ecology, history and urbanism of Istanbul received wide attention. Alp has visited over 40 countries and speaks fluent English and French. Presently, he leads Alp Architects and Planners Ltd in Istanbul, heads the Istanbul Center of the International Academy of Architecture and conducts design studios at Yeditepe University, Turkey.


In 2001 he was conferred the title of Honorable Member of the Kazgor Design Academy, Kazakhistan, and was elected as Member of the International Academy of Architecture for Eastern Countries.

Dr. Alp was the recipient of the European Property Awards 2011 for his schemes of ‘Malatya City Hall’ and ‘MHP Political Party HQS’, both in Turkey. The latter has been selected the ‘Best Public Service Building of Europe’ to compete for the ‘World’s Best’ title later this year.


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