Robert Turner (B.Arch. ‘72), internationally renowned architect, former member of the School of Architecture + Design advisory board, and long-time supporter of the School and its programs, is featured in a Virginia Tech Spotlight on Achievement.
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1972, Turner moved to New York to serve as assistant to the architectural photographer, Ezra Stoller. In 1974, he joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Chicago and was elected as a Design Partner at SOM in 1984. Two years later he moved to London to set-up SOM’s London office, where he was responsible for the master plan of the Canary Wharf Development (1990), the Headquarters for Texaco Europe/London (1992), the SunLife Insurance Headquarters/Bristol (1994), the World Trade Center/Jordan (1996), and the Utopia Pavilion – Expo 1998/Lisbon.
In 2004, Turner established a scholarship that sends a student from the School to a summer program at Fontainebleau, a UNESCO world heritage site near Paris, and he has supported a program for students to study in Cairo. He is a member of the university’s Ut Prosim and Legacy Societies.