Vic/SA Region Lead and Australasia Education Lead
Finola is an Acoustic Engineer, Vic/SA Region Lead and Australasia Region Education Lead. An active champion for Diversity & Inclusion, Finola leverages her skills and networks to help drive positive change, breaking down barriers to allow future equitable opportunity for all.
Finola joined Arup in 1991 as a graduate and has since lived and worked in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. Her portfolio of work includes projects within Education, Music and Performing Arts, Public buildings and the Commercial / Development sector.
Based in Melbourne, Finola manages and directs multidisciplinary projects across a range of markets with a focus on Education. Projects include UoM Melbourne Connect, Melbourne Recital Centre, Llewellyn Hall Canberra, RACV Resort Cape Schanck and The Club Stand, Flemington Racecourse.
Finola’s Education role involves regular engagement with tertiary institutions in Australasia and gives her an oversight across the full spectrum of Arup’s work in this sector. A strong advocate for quality education, Finola invests time in understanding the key drivers and challenges impacting universities. She has researched and authored 3 key ingredients of a successful University city campus.
Finola was part of the initial team establishing Arup’s acoustic business in the United States, providing consulting services on several projects in California and New York including the Getty Villa and Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the new International Terminal Building at JFK Airport.
Finola’s collaborative approach and engaging leadership style supports strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
She brings an informed understanding of the drivers and challenges faced by clients to deliver creative and collaborative design outcomes. With experience across a wide range of city-shaping markets, she has extensive experience in education, creating collaborative, multi-use, connected environments that promote learning and build community.