WORK IN PROGRESS:  Architecture and the Nexus of Water and Power

You are invited to a free (sponsored) public lecture on 7th March at the Ormeau Baths by UK-US Architect and Professor David Turnbull on low-tech sustainable design and shared space.


Professor Turnbull will discuss his current work in Africa with Jane Harrison, as ATOPIA Research & ATOPIA Innovation, and PITCHAfrica. 

Architects Turnbull and Harrison explore the integration of power and water services within autonomous or semi-autonomous buildings, in communities with limited resources, and in tandem with the provision of schools, clinics and structures that support business development programs and shared space, challenging existing sustainable approaches to design and socio-political norms.        


The talk relates to Turnbull’s collaboration with Ulster University via Global Challenge Funded Pump-priming funding, Sustainable Design + Shared Space. 

Hosted by the Ormeau Bath Innovation Centre, reception sponsored by ARCex and Barclays Eagle Lab. 5pm for 530-7pm talk; 7-8pm, social networking.



David Turnbull is a Director of ATOPIA Innovation, and Design Director of ATOPIA Research Inc and PITCHAfrica, an award winning tax exempt (not-for-profit) organisation registered in New Jersey, USA, with a specific focus on the development and construction of building types that address global ecological and social challenges. Turnbull is also a Professor of Architecture with more than 25 years of experience in Design Education internationally, starting 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 Yale University, and Visiting Professorships at the University of Toronto, Canada (sponsored by CITY-TV), Columbia University GSAPP in New York, & Cornell University. He was Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath in the UK from 2000-2005 and from 2012 -13, Visiting Professor of Design & Innovation at The African University of Science & Technology, a Nelson Mandela Institution, in Abuja, Nigeria. He was a Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union, NY, from 2007 – 2017.