Josef Hargrove

Josef Hargrave


  • Global Foresight Leader

Josef is a Director and Global Foresight Leader at Arup. He focuses on trends shaping the future of the built environment and their impact on strategy, innovation, and policy making. He works with clients and collaborators across Arup as well as external organisations from a broad range of sectors.

Regenerative design, generation alpha, and novel materials are just some of the trends that will transform the future of the built environment and wider society. Whilst it is relatively easy to identify changes, it is much harder to assess how they will impact a specific business or project. To understand the implications and to manage uncertainty, we must challenge our own perception of normality, imagine the possibilities ahead, and translate these into specific decisions for design, strategy, innovation, risk, or policy making. By looking ahead, we can ensure that we make better decisions today.

In addition to his role at Arup, Josef is also an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins as part of the MA for Innovation Management, a Trustee at the Museum of Architecture, and a member of the World Futures Studies Federation.

Foresight is part of Arup University, Arup's centre of directed learning, collaborative research, knowledge sharing, skills development, and foresight and strategy implementation.