Selçuk AvcıFounding Partner


Turkish born British Architect and founder of AVCI ARCHITECTS based in London, Ljubljana and Istanbul.

Born in 1961, Selçuk Avcı graduated from Bath University in 1984, becoming a chartered RIBA architect in 1988.

He founded his first private practice AVCI JURCA ARCHITECTS in 1989 with Sanja Jurca and has grown it to a multidisciplinary design lead studio, based for many years in London’s Hoxton and now in Istanbul, and Ljubljana. The practice has won many awards and has developed an extensive track record ranging from urban design of city districts to mixed-use residential projects in both the public and commercial sectors extending to offices, retail, the arts, sports and leisure, airport design, healthcare, and higher education.

He has a keen interest in a sustainable holistic approach to design and energy efficient architecture developing pioneering work in this field with award winning projects. He has taught architecture and sustainability at many universities and institutions including the Architectural Association in London, Bath University, the Technical University in Delft, the Bartlett in London, The Istanbul Technical University, and Bilgi University in Turkey and has acted as a Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana running a seminars on “eco-sensitive” design. The work of the practice focuses on research in this field actively, applying its principles at every opportunity.

His international experience extends from the UK to Eastern and Southern Europe, such as Hungary, The Czech Republic, Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, Italy, to South Africa, the Congo, Ghana, and more recently to Indonesia and Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

Awards & Prizes

Turkish Contractors Association HQ, Ankara, Limited Competition, 1st prize
Kayabasi (Sustainable) Housing and Mixed Use for TOKI, Istanbul, National Competition, 1st prize (Joint Winner)
Working in the City, Energy Efficient Public Building, EU Competition, 1st prize,
Banbury Museum , RIBA Competition, 1st prize
WWT Visitor Centre, Sustainable Visitor Centre, Civic Trust Award, Limited Competition, Winner
Royal Holloway University, International Building, Winner, London, Egham, UK.
TMB HQ Project, Building Award, Best İnternational Project Award Winner