Ahmet Vefik Alp obtained the Degrees of Architect and Diplome Architect in 1971 and 1973 from ITU Istanbul Technical University / Architecture. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Architecture the same year. In 1977 Alp joined Rice University, School of Architecture in Houston, Texas where he was awarded the Degrees of Master and Doctor of Architecture in 1979. His dissertation entitled ‘Aesthetic Response to Geometry in Architecture’ focuses into the domain of aesthetics and architectural / environmental psychology.
In 1982, Dr Alp was invited to the College of Environmental Design, King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia where he has taught for seven year. Some of the architectural schemes he prepared during that period are the Turkish Embassy and Staff Housing Complex at the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, Rector’s Residence in Dhahran, a Private Villa in Jubail, a Resort Village and Marina in Bahrain Gulf. an Hotel for Pilgrims in the Holy City of Medinah, a Shopping Mall in Jeddah, a Residential Compound in Taif.
Dr. Alp was elevated to the Rank of Associate Professor in 1985. He was elected ‘Professor’ of the IAA International Academy of Architecture in 1989 and appointed as Founding President of the IAA Regional Centre in İstanbul in 1993.
Alp is licensed as ‘Architect’ in Turkey as of 1971. He obtained his Registration from Texas, US in 1984 as ‘Professional Architect’ and became a member of the Texas Society of Architects and American Institute of Architects. In 1995 Professor Alp was qualified as Professional Interior Architect’ by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Dr. Alp obtained the License of City Planner in Turkey in 1994.
In addition to his own Country and the Middle East, Dr. Alp has worked in Switzerland and Japan. Amongst the design schemes he has accomplished are the Turkish Pavillion, 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 HQs, Ankara; Hotel and Mall, Istanbul; Residences and Mall, İstanbul and Izmir: Malatya City Hall, Turkey and a multitude of multifunctional complexes, cultural centers, housing, mosques, restoration projects, urban planning and design as well as landscape and interior design activity.
In 1996 Dr. Alp was appointed as Professor and Chairman of the School ofArchitecture, Gebze Institute of Technology, Istanbul. In 2001 he has been conferred with the title of Honourable Member of the Kazgor Design Academy, Kazakhistan, and was elected as Member of the International Academy of Architecture for Eastern Countries.
Ahmet Vefik Alp has been appointed as Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey 1999-2002.
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, he run for the Office of the Metropolitain Mayor of Greater Istanbul, and his proposals for the restoration of the disturbed ecology, history and urbanism of the City recognised attention. Alp has visited over 40 countries and speaks fluent English and French. Presently, he leads Alp Architects and Planners Ltd in Istanbul, heads Istanbul Center of the International Academy of Architecture and conducts design studios at Yeditepe University, Turkey.