David Turnbull

David Turnbull

Board Member,
Prof. Dr., Architect

David Turnbull is a Director of ATOPIA Innovation and Design Director of ATOPIA Research / PITCHAfrica, with a specific focus on the development and construction of building types that address global ecological and social challenges.

David is also a Professor of Architecture with 30 years of experience in design education internationally. His academic career started in 1989 at the Architectural Association in London while he was working in the office of James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates, leading major projects in Spain, Japan and Singapore. His academic appointments since 1990 include the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professorship in Architecture at the Yale University, and Visiting Professorships at the University of Toronto, Canada (sponsored by CITY-TV), Columbia University’s GSAPP in New York and Cornell University. He was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath in the UK from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2013, Visiting Professor of Design & Innovation at The African University of Science & Technology, a Nelson Mandela Institution, in Abuja, Nigeria. He was also a Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York from 2006 to 2017.