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History

Since 1946, Arup has pushed the boundaries of what design and engineering can achieve. We add to that proud history every day.
Since 1946, Arup has pushed the boundaries of what design and engineering can achieve. We add to that proud history every day.

Arup was born of our founder’s conviction that a more collaborative and open-minded approach to engineering would lead to work of greater quality and enduring relevance.

Sir Ove's legacy is an organisation that continues to be recognised for bravely imaginative solutions to the world’s most challenging projects. 

Watch past and present Arup staff members talk about how Sir Ove’s philosophy of Total Design was crucial to the success of their most iconic projects.

A history of innovation

Our people are independent by nature, with the confidence to take on some of the world’s most challenging projects. For over 75 years we have nurtured pioneers and original thinkers, becoming a welcome home for the creative and ambitious. From concert halls that set new standards of acoustic detail to designing the physical connections between nations, ours is a story of relentless innovation. 

Maintaining its founder’s individuality and spirit, Arup today is a place where talented people can pose difficult questions and chart a better course. Owned by its members, the organisation’s commercial independence underpins its commitment to developing sustainable development outcomes across the built environment. 


  1. 1946
  2. 1946
  3. 1948
  4. 1953
  5. 1956
  6. 1963
  7. 1970
  8. 1973
  9. 1977
  10. 1980
  11. 1986
  12. 1987
  13. 1994
  14. 1998
  15. 1998
  16. 2000
  17. 2008
  18. 2010
  19. 2011
  20. 2013
  21. 2015
  22. 2015
  23. 2015
  24. 2016
  25. 2017
  26. 2018
  27. 2019
  28. 2022
  29. 2026
1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s

Meet our history

Watch this series of films to learn more about some of the people who shaped our history and the contributions that they made to a better world.