Rory McGowan, Arup

Rory McGowan

Arup Fellow


Rory McGowan is a Director at Arup. He is known for his collaborative approach to achieving design and technical excellence in building engineering.

He frequently leads the engineering design input into high profile design competitions and works closely with architects and other professionals to realise these projects.

Since joining Arup’s Dublin office in 1986, he has worked on a wide array of international projects including the base isolated Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, Structural Safety Assessments of Textile Factory Buildings in Bangladesh and the CCTV HQ in China. Rory has held numerous leadership positions, including leading a Building Group in London and developing the firm’s practice in China as a Director in the Beijing office. Since returning to Dublin in 2010, he has continued to work internationally. He was appointed as an Arup Fellow in 2018.

With a strong interest in international development work and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Rory is involved in numerous development projects including the Korup Bridge Project in Cameroon, the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, India and the Regenerative Construction Industry for Bhutan. A Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, he frequently lectures internationally and has acted as a technical tutor at various architectural schools, including the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Architectural Association and the Bartlett in London, UIC Chicago, University of Kentucky and Columbia University NYC.