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Turan Duda, FAIA

Leaders Council Member; Owner, Duda|Paine Architects


Turan Duda, FAIA is a passionate believer in ideas as catalyst for great design. His conceptual focus and dynamic design approach have led the creation of innovative projects for a wide spectrum of building types, scales and purposes. He is also an advocate for place-making, whether the location is urban or a sylvan site. Turan received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at North Carolina State University’s School of Design. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from Yale School of Architecture, graduating with high honors and the recipient of the Winchester Traveling Fellowship to Europe.

Turan’s professional career includes seventeen years as Senior Associate with Cesar Pelli & Associates where he built an international portfolio of corporate, institutional, and civic commissions. Since establishing Duda|Paine Architects in 1997, he has designed notable regional, national and international projects including, among others, the Gateway Village in Charlotte, the Corporate Headquarters for Cox Enterprises in Atlanta, the 601 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC, and Talley Student Union at NC State University.

Turan is a frequent speaker on topics such as design methodology and the role of public space within private development. As an educator, he taught graduate students at Yale University and has been a visiting studio critic at MIT, Columbia University, UNC Charlotte and Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012 he was elevated to the American Institute of Architecture’s College of Fellows for his approach to architectural design.