Q1: Your best solution to date?
A1: There are many but I choose two very different projects. The first is the new headquarter building for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a LEED Platinum building in Seattle. The second is the Spire of Dublin/An Tur Solais.
Q2: Why is it significant?
A2: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a fantastic example of what a truly integrated design team can achieve when they work together for a common goal. Leading 10 Arup disciplines to help create a building that “inspires us (the Foundation) to do their best every single day.” The Spire was developed using first principals of engineering and a fundamental understanding of the science and physics of materials; performance based design by the entire team creating perhaps the tallest sculpture in the world.
Q3: Your particular skill?; A3: Structural engineering and leading multi-disciplinary integrated design teams on projects of all kinds through design and construction.
A4: Helping to create delightful and sustainable buildings and spaces that people enjoy.
Q5: Why Arup?
A5: Working with very talented and fun people around the world in a culture that encourages inquisitiveness, exploration and creativity. In such an environment there are always new opportunities and challenges to keep the mind agile and content.
Q6: Anything else?
A6: Two time winner of the ‘Murray Buxton Award’, ‘Morgan Sheehy Medal’ winner, completed the Ski to Sea in Bellingham, WA in 2013. Fun event, try it!;