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Arup has spent more than 70 years at the forefront of the built environment. Research continues to play a central role in how we think, work and grow.

Arup has spent more than 70 years at the forefront of the built environment. Research continues to play a central role in how we think, work and grow.

What is research at Arup?

Research is the creation and sharing of knowledge inspired by the work we do and the challenges we overcome. It is the use of targeted thinking, analysis and experimentation to strengthen the firm and keep us moving forward.

The use of research is a key element of the Arup ethos and contributes to many of the unique projects that we are involved in.

Centaur Pod – buildings that reshape themselves

The natural environment is constantly changing - so how do we prevent our built environment remaining static?

The ‘Centaur Pod’ prototype seeks to challenge this. The result of a Research project between Arup and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, it’s an origami inspired meeting room that can expand and contract in response to its surroundings and how it is being used.


From ideas to innovations

We recognise too, that for clients today long-term value has an evolving and complex nature. Our work must often connect a project’s structural design to the positive social and environmental outcomes it will produce. Rigorous and creative research helps us to bind these elements together for our clients and partners in the public and private sector.

Our remit is wide, tackling everything from city masterplanning and transport strategy, to circular economy initiatives and innovative responses to climate change.

Our research methodologies include breadth and depth and combine design exploration, use inspired research combined with rigorous scientific methods.

Our annual Global Research Challenge explores some of the world’s most intricate challenges, ranging from emerging digital design and engineering processes to designing within the limits of the earth’s planetary boundaries.

Arup has a strong commitment to research. Without it we risk not having the answers to our clients’ most pressing needs, with it we continue to be sought after. ”

Terry Hill Terry Hill CBE Chair of Board of Trustees

Explore our research

Our research covers a vast range of topics and areas of expertise and is carried out in collaboration with internal researchers, partners and clients around the world.

To find out more about our varied research work, visit our dedicated website research.arup.com

Meet our research experts

Our research team provide a wealth of experience from across the built environment and deliver some of our most innovative work.

Dr David Gerber

Dr David Gerber

David leads Arup’s global research team and the delivery of its programmes, services and projects. He brings to the team a background in architecture, design computation, and engineering research and entrepreneurship. He specialises in delivering research and innovation strategy, building collaborative partnerships between our technical experts with best-in-class academia and industrial partners.

Find out more about David

Dr Chris Luebkeman

Dr Chris Luebkeman

Chris leads the global Foresight, Research and Innovation teams at Arup. His interest in the built environment started early, propelling him into a multifaceted education, beginning with engineering and culminating in a Doctorate in Architecture from ETH in Zurich. While he refuses to be categorised, Chris views himself as a generaliset with a view of being ‘in league with the future.’

Find out more about Chris

Dr Simon Roberts

Dr Simon Roberts

Simon manages the Global Research funding programme at Arup with over 300 projects covering the full range of design and engineering disciplines at Arup. As an economics and energy specialist, Simon also leads research on Arup’s 7see modelling framework.

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Dr Bella Nguyen

Dr Bella Nguyen

As a Senior Research Consultant, Bella supports the development and dissemination of research programmes at Arup. With a background in civil engineering and computer science, Bella is an experienced researcher delivering commissioned research programmes for internal and external clients.

Dr Isabella Gaetani

Dr Isabella Gaetani

As a Senior Research Scientist, Isabella supports the development and dissemination of research programmes at Arup. With a background in energy engineering and building performance simulation, Isabella is an experienced researcher delivering commissioned research programmes for internal and external clients.

Dr Jan Wurm

Dr Jan Wurm

As Europe Research and Innovation leader, Jan is committed to steer the transformation process so that our clients will benefit from arising opportunities. Together with his team, Jan focuses on research that addresses the key challenges in the built environment and connect our technical experts and business leaders with best-in-class academic and industrial partners.

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Dr Ricky Tsui

Dr Ricky Tsui

Ricky leads research and development initiatives in Arup's East Asia region. He believes exposure to lots of different technical disciplines and experts facilitates greater understanding of overall technological advancement, fostering further innovation.

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Alex Sinickas

Alex Sinickas

Alex leads the Australasia Research programme with a portfolio of 80 projects per year. She encourages research teams to use prototyping, testing and iterating as a method of research. Alex develops collaborative relationships with industry and academic partners outside Arup.

Find out more about Alex

Do you have an applied research idea you would like to discuss?

Our research team provides a wealth of experience from across the built environment and deliver some of our most innovative work.