Atila Zekioglu

Atila Zekioglu

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Your best solution to date?

Leading the seismic design for the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, which became the largest base-isolated building in the world when completed in 2009.

Why is it significant?

Using expert management, seamless coordination and the power of integrated teamwork, Arup shattered industry standards to redefine what is possible. Designed and constructed in just 18 months, Arup’s global engineering team helped transform vacant land into the most technologically superior structure of its size in the world.

Your particular skill?

Leading multidisciplinary teams to provide integrated building engineering ideas, cost-effective structural concepts, and pioneering innovative seismic solutions for our clients.


Proving the impossible can be possible.

Why Arup?

Our company culture provides the environment for multidisciplinary thinking, encouraging creativity and the exploration of multiple solutions for our clients.

Anything else?

Throughout my 30-year career I have focused on solving complex technical challenges. This is demonstrated through my body of work, which includes the Seattle Public Library, Denver Art Museum addition, San Francisco Federal Building and the Caltech Broad Center for Biological Sciences, among many others. Passionate about performance-based design, I am a highly regarded global seismic expert who has led the seismic design of several base-isolated projects, including the Taipei Performing Arts Center and the 1.7 million square foot Airport Terminal at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. I am currently working on the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center – the permanent home for Space Shuttle Endeavour.