Shikar is an Associate Director based in Arup’s Durban office. As the Technology Lead for Arup in Africa, he is responsible for assembling and leading large multi-national teams of engineers, planners and architects to deliver complex projects throughout the continent.
Overcoming the traditional barriers that can exist between engineering and design, his work is driven by the challenge to combine building design excellence and low energy, high efficiency performance. Shikar advocates for sustainable aesthetics in his projects, which is driven by the aim to safeguard the future of our planet.
With more than 15 years of experience in the property industry, he has been involved in the design management of various commercial property projects in South Africa as well as data centre projects in Africa and the Asia-Pacific, such as The Ridge and Pearls of Umhlanga. Shikar’s broad expertise extends from technical due diligence assessments for new and existing buildings, to the design of new facilities on greenfield sites. He thrives on the fast-paced nature and the intense client interactions that are commonplace with hi-tech building projects in developing countries.
Shikar is a qualified Professional Engineering Technologist by the Engineering Council of South Africa and an accredited Green Buildings Professional by Green Buildings Council of South Africa.