International Designer Kenneth Turner Joins DLR Group

DLR Group Global Design Leader Steven McKay, RIBA, today announced renowned international designer Kenneth Turner, AIA, has joined DLR Group to establish a tall buildings practice. Turner will work from DLR Group’s Chicago office and collaborate with design teams in a variety of client sectors to design and deliver solutions for clients in the United States and internationally.

Kenneth Turner Burj Khalifa designerDLR Group Principal Kenneth Turner, AIA. Photo © DLR Group. 

Turner is recognized globally for his expertise in tall building design within urban design and the delivery of award-winning commercial office, hospitality, mixed-use, and residential buildings. He has led the design and delivery of projects in Asia, the Middle East, and well as in Europe and the United States.

While at SOM as an associate partner, Turner directed design efforts for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, developing conceptual, schematic through detail design phases. His design approach seeks to move building performance beyond net zero energy and towards creating self-sufficient, regenerative buildings that contribute to resources of local communities.

“Kenneth brings knowledge and experience that will impact and elevate the expertise of DLR Group design teams. He will mentor staff in the considerations of tall building design and deliver design excellence for clients in a variety of sectors including hospitality, mixed-use, and workplace around the globe,” said McKay. “His experience in the nuances of local cultures and business practices in China, Europe, India, and the Middle East will immediately benefit the strategic interest of DLR Group’s international clients.”

“I am excited by the opportunity to establish and grow a tall building practice at DLR Group,” said Turner. “DLR Group designers are ambitious and collaborative which is what you don’t find at many of the conventional firms that are doing super high rise. I am invigorated by the design culture of employee-ownership. I believe it is the ideal foundation to build a practice upon to generate growth for clients and for our employee-owners.”

Turner is a member of the Council of Tall Buildings and consulted with Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of the Hollywood movie “Skyscraper”, sharing design considerations for concepts of the movie’s super tall tower.