We are delighted to have the following Speakers at the Future of Design Conference for 2017;
Micheal John Cook | Partner, BuroHappold Engineering
We are excited to have mike present on the topic of;
Designing cities and places that support people’s lives – the value of putting people at the centre of civil engineering design
Mike studied Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge University followed by a PhD at Bath University. Mike joined BuroHappold Engineering in 1982, becoming a Director in 1994 and Chairman/Senior Partner in 2011-2017.
He is well-known in the industry for his significant contribution to designing innovative buildings and to enhancing the reputation of the profession. His portfolio of projects, which span across many countries, include the British Museum Great Roof in London, cultural buildings in Gateshead, Hong Kong, Washington, Dallas and Boston, Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre and the Palace of Peace in Kazakhstan,
Mike was a Vice-President of the Institution of Structural Engineers 2015/16 and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2009, he received the IABSE Milne Medal for his contributions to structural design and in 2017 received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Bath for his contribution to the profession. He is Professor of Creative Design in the Department of Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London.
”…only by putting people at the centre of our thinking can we create solutions with enduring value”
Roma Agrawal | Associate Director, AECOM
We are excited to have Roma present on;
Three moments that changed our world: hear the stories of three inspiring stories of engineers from history that – sometimes accidentally – created or discovered things that have had a revolutionary impact on our modern world. How can we learn from them for the future?
Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer at AECOM who builds big. From footbridges and sculptures, to train stations and skyscrapers – including The Shard – she has left an indelible mark on London’s landscape.
Roma is tireless in her mission to alter the perception of engineering, and elevate its desirability as a career option for young people, and women in particular. She has advised policymakers and government officials on science education, and has given talks to audiences around the world, at universities, schools and organisations including two for TEDx. She is a television presenter and has appeared on the BBC, and has published articles on engineering, education and leadership.
Roma has been awarded several awards for her technical prowess and success in promoting the profession, including the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering’s Rooke Award. Her first book, BUILT, will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2018.
”The Future of Design is a move back to the era of the Master Builder – more collaboration and cross-discipline skills”
John van Leer | Industrial Designer and Engineer, Better Shelter
John is an industrial designer and engineer at the social enterprise Better Shelter where he spends most of his days doing concept sketching, 3D CADing and prototyping as well as problem solving and development work together with colleagues and suppliers. John joined the project in 2013, at a stage where the team was creating the first prototypes of the shelter which were subsequently tested together with suppliers and with refugees in Ethiopia and Iraq.
John has founded the product development and consulting firm Invent House, which has designed everything from ergonomic cleaning products to toys and loud speakers.
During the past year John has been part of the Clinical Innovation Fellowships program, a joint initiative by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Karolinska Institute (KI), and EIT Health, with an aim to learn more about the interdisciplinary innovation process, identify clinical needs and develop solutions to impact healthcare worldwide.
Before joining Better Shelter, John worked with product development of trucks for the Swedish automotive manufacturer Scania. John has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in innovation and design from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.
Further profiles to follow.
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We are excited to have Antony chair the discussion panel.
Antony works with a range of clients across the infrastructure sector to boost communication and marketing strategies and to stimulate discussion and action in the industry. He spent the last two decades working as a journalist and editor with New Civil Engineer magazine, and most recently was creator and editor of the website Infrastructure Intelligence.
He is a chartered civil engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and started his career with Owen Williams and Partners and Balfour Beatty. He is a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s communications and strategy groups, assists the Green Construction Board’s Infrastructure Working Group and is a Trustee of the Built Environment Trust.
”A fantastic and unique event where the most inspiring speakers from the built environment design world mix creatively with the next generation of emerging talent”
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