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Arup: Our aims and values underpin everything we do

  • 6,931 Clients served
  • 143 Countries where we have worked on projects
  • 16,228 Average number of staff members this year

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.


Founded by Sir Ove Arup, a gifted engineer-philosopher with an original and restless mind, our firm has always had a keen sense of purpose. The six aims, means and values Sir Ove identified in his Key Speech (1970) guide us to this day.


For over seven decades Arup has been at the forefront of the most ambitious and challenging design and engineering. From concert halls to national stadiums, renewable energy to driverless cars, we continue to add to that history every day.


Leadership and governance

As an independent firm, owned in trust for its members, we are guided by our founder's spirit and principles. We choose work where we can make a real difference in the world, stretch the boundaries of what is possible, delight our clients and achieve socially valuable outcomes.