Sefik Birkiye


Sefik Birkiye was born in 1954 in Ankara, Turkey. He graduated from La Cambre School of Architecture (ENSAAV) in Brussels in 1978 and took his Master's in Town Planning from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in 1981.

In 1979 Sefik founded VIZZION Architects. Some of the projects included the revitalisation of the formerly industrial district bordering Brussels canal and the renovation of City 2. The projects in Brussels have contributed in a positive way to change the urban landscape.

He believes that every building has its own cultural identity inspired by its location and the history of its surroundings.

In 1998 and again in 2000, VIZZION Architects won the prestigious MIPIM Award for le Jardin des Fonderies apartment building and the Green Island office complex.

The growing reputation of Sefik Birkiye has led to commissions in France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt and the Virgin Islands.

He founded VIZZION Europe in 1997 to create a more global approach to architecture.

Sefik Birkiye has lectured on various aspects of his profession, and for more than 15 years has served as Board President of the Archives d'Architecture Moderne in Brussels. Internationally admired not only for his 30-year career as an architect and urban developer, Sefik Birkiye is respected for his qualities of leadership and as a man of rare vision.