Albert Williamson-Taylor grew up between London, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and received his master’s from Bradford University in the early 1980s, before co-founding the design-led engineering practice AKT II (as Adams Kara Taylor) in 1996.
Today, he provides design direction for the firm’s work throughout 50 countries. Highlights include the Bloomberg European Headquarters (Foster + Partners), the upwards extension of South Bank Tower (KPF), the Sainsbury Laboratory for the University of Cambridge (Stanton Williams Architects), The Vessel Structure in New York City, Google HQ Masterplan in Mountain View California and the British Pavilion for Expo 2010 Shanghai (Heatherwick Studio), while Albert’s ongoing work includes the regeneration of Smithfield Market (Stanton Williams Architects and Asif Khan) and the new Google Headquarters in King’s Cross (Heatherwick Studio and BIG).
Williamson-Taylor’s international portfolio ranges from the Central Bank of Iraq (Zaha Hadid Architects) to the new National Cathedral of Ghana (Adjaye Associates).
Williamson-Taylor tutors with London’s Architectural Association and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Albert is the first Black Engineer to be awarded the IStructE international Gold Medal Award in its 100 years of existence. He also leads AKT II’s work in encouraging young people from ethnic minorities into STEM careers.