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Main Office:
13 Fitzroy Street,
London W1T 4BQ, United Kingdom
Additional Offices: Over 90 offices in 60 countries
Number of employees: 10,000 (2010)

Also see Arup Advanced Geometry Unit

Engineering Specialties:

Advanced Technology and Research
Civil Engineering
Corporate Resilience
Electronic Data Man
Facade Engineering
Facilities Management
Research and Development
Materials Science
Fire and Environmental Engineering
Structural Engineering and Design
Mechanical and Electrical
Financial Services
Fluid Dynamics
Geographic Information
Microclimate Design
Offshore Engineering
Property and Construction
Public Health and Engineering
Offshore Engineering
Property and Construction
Public health engineering
Seismic Engineering

“In 1946, philosopher and engineer Ove Arup set up his consulting engineering business in London. In the more than 60 years that have followed, the business has grown into an international consulting firm of unparalleled scope, owned in trust for its employees and using the business principles that Ove Arup first set out – and which he articulated for posterity in 1970 in his forward-looking ‘key speech’.

Right from the start, Arup was known for its close and exceptionally productive collaborations with leading and avant-garde architects. In its first two decades, the firm expanded rapidly, and earned a formidable reputation for devising advanced and economical solutions for buildings – a reputation it still enjoys today.

By 1976, Arup’s reputation had become truly global with the completion of the Sydney Opera House. By this time, the firm had opened offices in Northern Europe, Southern Africa, South East Asia and Australia. Its breadth of expertise was already considerable: this ranged fromoffshore engineering, acoustics, facades, and specialist skills such as impact, blast, risk and seismic engineering, to relatively-niche areas such as designing transportation containers for nuclear waste.

The firm’s portfolio today is broad and wide-ranging. Many of the world’s most iconic sports stadia are Arup projects – such as Beijing’s Water Cube, the Singapore Sport’s Hub and London Aquatics Centre.

Arup’s work goes beyond buildings and infrastructure, however. We collaborated with car manufacturers on the design of the SuperLight car, which uses considerably less energy than the petrol equivalent. Through our Operational Readiness, Activation and Transition (ORAT) service we help clients and other stakeholders plan for the seamless opening and operation of major facilities like airports and hospitals or for major events. Arup has also developed a range of proprietary computer modelling tools which it sells around the world, as well as innovations such as our SoundLab, an aural-realisation tool with which clients can hear subjectively how different design options perform acoustically – before they are actually built.

Arup now has over 91 offices across Europe, North America, Africa, Australasia and South East Asia. We employ more than 11,000 people globally. Our revenue in the year ending March 2014 exceeded £1bn.” (Source)

Engineer Spotlights:
Ove Arup
Hüseyin Darama
Erin McConahey

Selected Projects:
Water Cube
National Aquatic Center (Water Cube)

30 St. Mary Axe

Sydney opera house
Sydney Opera House

De Young Museum
de Young Memorial Museum

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1 Bligh Street 

Advanced Technology and Reseach

Updated Feb. 2015 by Holly Ashford and Kelley Grabner

Written by Alex Pena

February 10, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Posted in Engineers

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.


Main Office:
155 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 578-3500

Additional Offices: 
Washington D.C
Los Angeles
Mexico City
New York City
More Locations…

Engineering Specialties:
Nuclear engineering
Construction management
Civil engineering
Structural engineering
Environmental engineering
Plumbing engineering
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering
More Specialties…

Jacobs was founded by Joseph J. Jacobs in 1947 as an engineering consulting firm and has widened its spectrum of specialties and now serves as an international engineering, architecture, and construction firm. Jacobs also offers support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets. In 1989, Jacobs passed the $1 billion mark in annual revenues and continues to grow in magnitude, landing a spot on the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 400 Contractors List and Top 400 Design Firms list year after year. Jacobs has also been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. With its growing success, Jacobs now has over 250+ locations around the globe and as many as eight locations in Texas alone. (source)

Selected Projects:

Chinalco- Peru

Magnox – United Kingdom

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – Dallas/ Fort Worth, Texas

Atlanta Beltline Inc., Historic Fourth Ward Park, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Beltline Inc., Historic Fourth Ward Park Phase 1 Project, Atlanta, GA, USA

Written by Rebecca Lynn Gomez

February 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Posted in Engineers



Page (Formally Page Southerland Page)

Main Office:
1615 M Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Additional Offices:
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Houston, Texas
San Francisco, California

Engineering Specialties:
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Plumbing Engineering
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Commissioning Consulting
Programming Consulting
Sustainability Consulting

“The roots of Page, formally Page Southerland Page, Inc., extend back to a two person partnership formed by brothers Louis and Charles H. Page in 1898 in Austin, Texas. Louis Page Jr. and Louis Southerland, who had been classmates at MIT, formed the firm of Page and Southerland in Austin, and during the 1930s, completed landmark work for the Austin State School, Rosewood Housing (one of the first public housing projects in the United States) and the 1937 Austin City Hall, as well as houses for Lyndon B. Johnson and many other legendary Texas figures. Louis Page began what would become a strong link between the firm and academia by teaching at the University of Texas. His brother, George, joined the firm, expanding the name to Page Southerland Page.

In the mid-1900s, the firm became one of the first architectural firms in the nation to integrate in-house engineering design services to respond to the increasingly complex systems in healthcare projects. [Their] engineers are responsible for designing interdependent mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil and structural systems for a wide range of projects.

Though now a large firm with multiple offices in the U.S. and abroad, Page has retained a rootedness in the communities it serves and an investment in making a long-term difference in the cities where it builds. There is a strong belief in the kind of cumulative placemaking that great firms have made in the past. The current Page practice is aimed at making that kind of difference in the 21st century through a sophisticated integration of civic involvement alongside progressive planning, urban design and architecture.” (source)

Selected Projects:

U.S. Federal Courthouse – Austin, TX

GSA Office Building – Albuquerque, NM

Driscoll Children’s Specialty Clinics – Brownsville, TX and McAllen, TX

2400 Nueces – Austin, TX

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Kuwait University at the New University City at Shadadiyah – Kuwait City, Kuwait

AMLI on 2nd – Austin, TX


Written by Brandon Comisarenco

February 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Posted in Architects, Engineers

Buro Happold

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Buro Happold

Main Office:
Camden Mill
Lower Bristol Road

Additional Offices:
Abu Dhabi
Hong Kong
Los Angeles
New York
San Francisco

Engineering Specialties:
Structural Engineering
Ground Engineering
Building Services Engineering
Sustainability & Alternative Technologies

Buro Happold was founded by Ted Happold and seven other partners on May 1st, 1976. Based in Bath, the original structural engineering practice specialized in lightweight structural systems. In that same year, the firm won its first major commission. KOCOMMAS – the Kings Office, Council of Ministers and Majlis Al Shura Central Government complex in Riyadh – “involved structural and civil engineering design of the principal buildings, roads and car parks, including some very complex roof and shade structures.”

Since then, Buro Happold has been involved in a variety of high profile projects, including the design of eight iconic umbrellas for Pink Floyd. In 1999, construction of the Buro-Happold-designed Millenium Dome was completed, and the structure was called “[o]ne of the most recognized – and talked about – landmarks in the UK.” Buro Happold “was awarded the prestigious MacRobert Award for its innovative design of the 320m cable net roof – the largest structure of its kind in the world.” In the early 2000s, Buro Happold returned to the Millennium Dome to engineer the now iconic O2 Arena within the existing structure. The O2 Arena is now one of the most popular arenas in the world and is notable for the wide range of events it hosts – from huge concerts to Olympic gymnastics events.

Buro Happold provides a wide range of services across nearly every industry sector. In addition to Integrated Design, the firm offers design and assessment services at both the building and the city scale.  The company has grown immensely and currently has a turnover of more than £50 million.

Selected Projects:


Omkar 1973 (Real Estate Page & Buro Happold Page)

The Parrish Museum

The Parrish Museum


Aga Khan University, New Academic Building

Extension of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Extension of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2012)

Copernicus Science Centre

Copernicus Science Centre


Wates House, University College London – Bartlett School of Architecture

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Millennium Experience (2012)

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Massar Children’s Discovery Centre

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Olympic Stadium

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Queen Elizabeth II Great Court (2000)

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Downland Gridshell, Weald and Download Open Air Museum (2002)

Updated Feb. 2015 by Gitanjali Bhattacharjee and Sean Moore

Written by Anthony M. Garcia

January 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Posted in Engineers

Widdison, Alex


Engineering Specialties:
Structural Engineering

Spotlight: Alex Widdison (need birthday- )
Born in York, U.K., Alex Widdison followed his interests in his early school work, taking courses in mathematics, science, and geography. Interested in applying his interests, Alex went on to study civil engineering at the University of Nottingham. Once he graduated in (need year), Alex went straight to work at Atkins, an engineering, design, and project management firm. Shortly thereafter, Alex made a move to work at Adams Kara Taylor (AKT II) where he was immediately given responsibility on the Angel Building project in the U.K.. As of 2013, Alex has worked at AKT for five years and has undertaken several large projects including The Angel Building, Stone Towers, Bloomberg Office, and various design competitions.

Selected Projects:
Angel Building Street View
The Angel Building – London, U.K.

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tone Towers – Cairo, Egypt

bloomberg office
loomberg Office – London, U.K.

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loane Street – London, U.K.

Written by Cody Lambert

June 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Posted in Engineers

Darama, Hüseyin

Engineering Specialties: Seismic Design, Earthquake Engineering

Engineering Spotlight: Hüseyin Darama

Hüseyin Darama earned the highest GPA at the Istanbul Technical University when he graduated in 1993 with a BSc in Civil Engineering. He was awarded a Monbukagakusho Scholarship to continue his studies in Japan at the University of Tokyo where he received a MSc in Civil Engineering in 1995 and a PhD in Structural Engineering in 2006.

Darama specializes in base isolation and supplementary damping, as well as earthquake response analysis and modeling. From Arup’s LA office he has contributed to projects across the world. Darama was the seismic expert on Istanbul’s Sabiha Göçken International Airport Terminal which, at over 200,000m², is considered the largest seismically isolated building in the world.

Selected Projects:

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavor Display Pavilion

Building Image Credits: 1, 2

Written by Anne Hulsey

June 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Posted in Engineers

Lawrence Friesen

Ilona Hay Bridge Competition 2nd place - Lawrence Friesen w GenGeo

Ilona Hay Bridge Competition 2nd place – Lawrence Friesen w GenGeo

Lawrence Friesen, consultant at GenGeo

Lawrence Friesen, consultant at GenGeo

Lawrence Friesen is an architectural engineer specialising in complex geometries. Since 2009, he has been a consultant representing GenGeo – consultants that aid architects and engineers the process from design to fabrication. He is also a visiting professor at the Architectural Association, as well as a frequent critic for the AA and the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Friesen founded the Generative Geometry group within Burop Happold. He joined Buro Happold in 1998 and left in 2009 for GenGeo.

Written by wenryhen

June 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Posted in Engineers

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