Chair: Albert Williamson Taylor

Chair: Albert Williamson Taylor

Albert, who founded Adams Kara Taylor with Hanif Kara in 1995, combines the practice-wide role of overseeing design and technical matters with leading a design group, allowing him to infuse the many projects with which he is involved with cutting edge technology. He has been especially active in building relationships with architects and clients, a role he shares with Hanif. Albert relishes working closely with firms like Foster and Partners, Eric Parry Architects, KPF Architects, Hamilton Associates, Zaha Hadid, Rafael Vinoly Architects and a number of young architectural practices, including collaborations on initial concepts and competition entries; he enjoys selecting and refining the most appropriate engineering techniques to realise architects’ visions whether they demand subtle and thoughtful engineering or spectacular structural feats.

The approach of the Practice provides an organisation with a design-led attitude to construction using practical, well proven materials and methodology in an innovative manner. Notable commissions where Albert has led the team at AKT include the LSE library with Foster’s, Will Alsop’s School of Dentistry at Queen Mary’s College, South East Essex College in Southend and work with Imperial College. He was also Director involved in the MASDAR project in Abu Dhabi where AKT were advisors for the masterplanning of the scheme as well as engineers for the first phase of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Albert enjoys providing project development input and ideas to Clients and Architects at the early stages of any project. He provides a technical input developed within AKT on modern methods of construction, interface issues between design and construction, advance geometrical and manufacturing techniques. Albert has been responsible for driving the technical direction of the practice and is also involved in determining the direction of the p.art Group (Research Group) within AKT.

Albert honed his design skills on notable buildings like ABK’s Dover Heritage Centre, Sackler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, the Compass Centre at Heathrow with Grimshaw and various bridges in the London Docklands. But realising these demanding and innovative projects required ever more sophisticated technical input, and on becoming an associate he became responsible for the technical computing department, as well as heading one of the design groups in AHA’s London office. On many of these projects his involvement started with early competition designs and continued to completion.

After studying at Bradford University, where he received a bachelors degree in civil engineering followed by a masters in structures, Albert worked for a few years for small practices and became thoroughly versed in traditional structures and materials. Moving to Price and Myers in 1986 expanded his scope, and he worked closely with Sam Price on one of the earliest planar glazing assemblies.