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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. We have always nurtured pioneers and original thinkers, and for decades the creative and ambitious have come to Arup to do their best work. From concert halls that led to new definitions of acoustic engineering, to our long history of developing the digital tools our industry relies upon, ours is a story of relentless innovation.

  1. 1946
  2. 1953
  3. 1963
  4. 1970
  5. 1973
  6. 1977
  7. 1986
  8. 1987
  9. 1994
  10. 1998
  11. 1998
  12. 2000
  13. 2008
  14. 2010
  15. 2011
  16. 2013
  17. 2013
  18. 2015
  19. 2015
  20. 2015
  21. 2016
  22. 2016
  23. 2017
  24. 2019
  25. 2021
  26. 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.