29 April - 26 July 2024

Dr Margaret Law MBE was a pioneering fire scientist who started the discipline of Fire Safety Engineering at Arup 50 years ago. To celebrate this milestone, we are launching this award to inspire a new generation, to continue her legacy through the practical application of scientific understanding and technical rigour. 

We look forward to recognising individuals who embody these values through their collaborative behaviour and influence to create fire-safe, sustainable solutions for all.

The award is open to both groups and individuals who have conducted research applicable to fire safety, regardless of their field of study. Submissions should demonstrate how you overcame the challenges of the research or project and describe the impact of your work. This could include reference to safety equity, fire safety justice, resilience, sustainability, use of digital tools and data, new technologies, new hazards and the circular economy.

The winning entry will receive £1,000, with the 2nd and 3rd place entries receiving £500 and £250, respectively.

Who was Dr Margaret Law?

Margaret Law joined Arup as a Fire Engineering advisor in July 1974, staying until her retirement in 2002. She focused on all aspects of fire safety excellence, creating innovative solutions for iconic buildings worldwide, such as the Pompidou Centre and Lloyds Building. Renowned for her ability to translate fundamental principles into practical solutions, she encouraged industry peers to do the same. Her dedication extended to publishing and explaining her work for broader understanding and implementation.


Applications for 2024 are open from Monday 29th April. The deadline for applications is Friday 26th July 2024 at 5pm BST. Winners will be announced in September 2024.

For eligibility criteria and application instructions, please download our application pack.

For any further queries, please contact MargaretLawAward@arup.com.