Industry leader and humanitarian, Daniel Lambert honoured as Australia’s Civil Engineer of the Year

Trish Sunga Trish Sunga Australasia Press Office,Sydney
15 April 2021

Daniel Lambert, Australasia Water Leader at Arup, has been honoured as the Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year 2021 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the profession and to society.

The prestigious award is presented annually by the Civil College of Engineers Australia to an eminent civil engineer. 

The Award citation read: “…Daniel’s contribution to engineering has been profound but also has his contribution to society on a wider basis. Daniel is a fine example of today’s professional engineer – delivering industry leading projects, providing leadership through key industry roles, mentoring and supporting younger engineers, actively promoting the profession and giving of his time in a wide range of voluntary roles.”

I am proud and grateful to receive this award, which has a special personal significance because it honours Sir John Holland who was a mentor to me in my early career. He inspired me to excel as an engineer and contribute to society. ” Daniel Lambert Daniel Lambert Former Australasia Water Leader

Daniel Lambert with Greg Ewing, General Manager Sydney, EA Daniel Lambert with Greg Ewing, General Manager Sydney, EA
Daniel Lambert with Greg Ewing, General Manager Sydney, Engineers Australia

A highly credentialled engineer, Daniel has worked in developed and developing countries for more than 20 years and his personal experiences have influenced his strong advocacy for the value engineers can bring in delivering sustainable and resilient outcomes for communities.

Well-known and respected as the Leader of Arup’s Regional water business, Daniel is also a passionate humanitarian, and has shared his expertise as a volunteer in developing communities with organisations such as WaterAid, Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, the World Toilet Organisation and World Vision. He recently qualified as a member of RedR’s Australian Humanitarian Register.

Beyond his work with Arup, NGOs and industry advisory bodies, Daniel is also a Captain in the Royal Australian Engineers Corps and has led emergency relief efforts and the Army’s assistance program in Aboriginal communities building houses, roads and water and sanitation projects.

Our profession is fundamental to community wellbeing and positive environmental and economic outcomes. Every day we have opportunities to do work that improves quality of life. ” Daniel Lambert Daniel Lambert Former Australasia Water Leader

His project achievements include the Yarra Park Water Recycling Scheme in Melbourne, Victoria Harbour infrastructure development, the Karachi waste to Energy project in Pakistan and the transformative Bandar Lampung Water Treatment Plant in Sumatra Indonesia. He was Arup’s lead for the mobilisation of the innovative, industry leading Sydney Water Planning Partnership – a ten-year integrated planning partnership between Sydney Water, Aurecon and Arup.

His exceptional leadership, technical abilities and professional generosity have been recognised through numerous awards and commendations for excellence, innovation and mentoring.

Daniel is a dynamic, passionate and influential civil engineer who has successfully delivered challenging projects in Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America and Africa. He has established himself as a compelling leader in the water sector through his significant project portfolio, his contribution to industry associations and NGOs and as a thought leader. ” Peter Chamley Peter Chamley Chair, Australasia Region, Arup 2018-2021