Richard joined Arup in 2011, working in collaboration with our architects and engineers to make construction projects and organisations ready for a carbon-constrained future.
2011 joined Arup
2 offices worked in across the globe
I focus on the environmental impact of supply chains – the systems that provide us with the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the buildings we live in. The supply chains I look at might be for a city, a construction project or a global economic sector like health care. I also provide advice on how to reduce the impact, taking inspiration from the idea of a circular economy.
My first years in Arup were spent working as a structural engineer on projects delivered by Arup’s architects. For me, it always made sense to have an integrated team working together for a single goal – it’s why 1 Triton Square has been such an important project for me. I’m the technical lead and project manager for sustainable materials, so I need to determine the environmental impact of the supply chain by taking information from every discipline; architects, structural engineers, services engineers, contractors.
With Arup delivering all design disciplines as part of one collaborative team, every single person was joined up and motivated to make the lowest impact building possible. And it’s working. We’ve saved over 57,000 tons of carbon - enough to offset the annual energy consumption of 14,000 London homes, and the project is set to be the most sustainable headquarters in the UK.
What’s great about Arup is that I can have an impact on everything we do, working with people from all over Arup, from San Francisco to Singapore, Melbourne and Manchester. As a business without shareholders or debt, Arup has the freedom to invest in what we all collectively think is important. Our partnerships, like with C40 cities and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, are made possible by this model, and the freedom it gives us to explore some of the biggest questions facing our cities and our societies is what I appreciate most.