We are delighted to have the following speakers at the Future of Design North Conference for 2018:
Ed McCann | Director, Expedition Engineering
We are excited to have Ed present on the topic of:
The Design Problem….reflections on how and why we get it wrong from time to time
After graduating from Imperial College. He started his career with Binnie & Partners where he worked on over 50 projects around the world from sewerage schemes in India to child friendly zones in a refugee camp in Kenya. He also got a Master’s Degree from the National University of Mexico.
He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 helping to lead its development from back bedroom start-up to Engineering Consultant of the Year 2011. Ed was Expedition’s Project Director for the 2012
Olympic Velodrome and the highly acclaimed Infinity Bridge both of which received the Institution of Structural Engineers Supreme Award for Excellence.
He is a Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is involved in a number of cross industry initiatives. He recently co-authored a report in to the costs and root causes of error in the UK Construction Industry.
He is actively involved in education and skills development particularly in relation to design and construction and is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor Strathclyde University.
He was one of the inventors of the CONSTRUCTIONARIUM and recently co-authored the RAEng’s Best Practice Guidance on Experience Led Learning, E-Learning and Industrial Engagement in Higher Education.
He has also appeared on some 35 television documentaries about engineering and architecture.
Martin Knight | Director, Knight Architects
We are excited to have Martin present on the topic of:
Martin Knight is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport infrastructure. He founded international bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006 following nine years at Wilkinson Eyre Architects, where he was responsible for bridges including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge. His practice completed multiple bridges at Stratford City for the London 2012 Olympic Games and recently completed the £14m Hatea River Crossing in New Zealand, the Destructor Bridge in Bath, UK and twin 100m-long footbridges at Leverkusen in Germany.
Current projects include the £600m Mersey Gateway, UK, the Kienlesbergbrücke in Ulm, Germany and the competition-winning 1100m £75m Krunnusillat Bridges in Helsinki. The practice is working on the M4 Corridor around Newport and the dualling of the A465 in Wales, and the A82 and A9 highway schemes in Scotland, all in sensitive and protected environments. A passionate believer in the importance of good design in infrastructure, he is leading his practice’s work on the A303 Stonehenge bypass and sits on the HS2 Design Panel and the Design Commission for Wales Design Review Panel.
Martin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016.
Dmitri Jajich | Director of Structural Engineering, SOM
We are excited to have Dmitri present on the topic of:
Structure as Architecture
As a Director of Structural Engineering in the London office, Jajich leads the delivery of innovative structural engineering solutions to realize ambitious building designs. Working in close collaboration with the entire design team, Jajich develops structural solutions that are appropriate, efficient, practical, and buildable. Jajich believes that good structural design requires both early involvement and a focused, sustained effort through all phases of the project, from concept through construction.
Jajich’s high-rise project experience includes the design of office, residential, laboratory, and multi-use structures. Jajich’s work is characterized by elegantly integrated design, with an emphasis on clear structural expression and carefully crafted details. Since joining SOM in 2000, Jajich has developed engineering expertise in a range of materials including steel, concrete, timber, and glass.
Jajich has led the structural design of award-winning museums, cultural spaces, transportation hubs, and private residences. He has also collaborated with numerous renowned artists. His past projects include Fisher’s Island Residence in New York, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Lee Hall III project (an addition to the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities at Clemson University) the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University, the private museum Glenstone II, and Denver Union Station in Denver, Colorado. Recent projects include Karlatornet tower in Gothenburg, Sweden, which will be the tallest building in Scandinavia, and Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, which features an ambitious notched, double-cantilevered construction.
Jajich is an active chartered member of the IStructE in the UK, and a licensed Structural and Civil Engineer in both Illinois and New York.
Francesca Cesa Bianchi | Lead Architect, Stefano Boeri Architetti
We are excited to have Francesca present on the topic of:
Towards a Regenerative Development – Urban Policies to Reverse Climate Change
Francesca Cesa Bianchi is currently working as Lead Architect for the architectural firm Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA) in Milan.
After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2005, Bianchi undertook a Masters of Advanced Studies in Collective Housing (MCH) at the Technical University of Madrid. Since leaving full-time education, Bianchi has developed her professional skills collaborating with a number of different international firms including Stefano Boeri Architetti, Architects Barreca & La Varra and designers Makio Hasuike & Co.
Bianchi has worked on a number of international projects and competitions at differing scales and levels of complexity including masterplans and designs for ports, a hospital, collective housing, offices, and a football stadium. She usually manages the project throughout the whole process, from the concept design to the later phases of detail design and construction documentation. Cancel the last sentence. Last sentence re written – is this OK as we couldn’t really understand the meaning of ‘symbolic value’.
Until recently, Bianchi was based in Doha, Qatar where she was leading for SBA on the development of a new base, the New Port Project, for the Qatar Emiri Naval Force in Doha. During her time in Qatar, she developed other projects including a residential tower and an office complex.
Returning to Milan in 2014, Cesa Bianchi has been in charge of developing the Vertical Forest Manifesto, and has been involved in the Concept Design and Preliminary design phases. She is currently in charge of several projects including the design of a Vertical Forest project in The Netherlands, the new General Local Plan of Tirana (TR030), Albania and the restoration of an existing light rail structure in Macau, China.
Bianchi’s projects have been published in “AV Proyectos”, “Nuove forme progettuali per la residenza cooperativa” ed. Umberto Allemandi &C. She was recognised in the fourth edition of “Annual Young Blood”, a yearly journal supported by Italy’s Ministry of Youth, which celebrates young Italians who have distinguished themselves in Italy and abroad by winning a prize or an award in 2010 in the field of creativity.
Charles Cocksedge | Director, AECOM
We are excited to have Charles present on the topic of:
Do we ever learn – what the profession seems to forget
In a career spanning over 40 years Charles has primarily worked on large structures, from long span bridges to optical & radio telescopes. This includes working on over 40 suspension bridges, including fifteen with spans in excess of 1,000 metres. His greatest knowledge and expertise relates to the inspection, assessment, strengthening and rehabilitation of major suspension bridges.
On graduation he started working for Freeman Fox & Partners on a diverse range of engineering challenges. Over the years he became more focussed on long span bridges including the strengthening and widening of Tamar Suspension Bridge, design of River Usk tied arch, and leading the investigation work into the condition of the cables on Forth Road Bridge, which ultimately lead to the decision to construct the new Queensferry Crossing. This was punctuated with work on the Subaru Telescope located on a 4200m high extinct volcano in Hawaii, and work to keep the Lovell Telescope operating at the Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Ewan Angus | Major Bridges Director, Amey
We are excited to have Ewan present on the topic of:
Ewan Angus is Major Bridges Director for Amey within their Forth Bridges operating contract for Transport Scotland. Ewan is responsible for all engineering and technical matters on Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Ewan leads a team carrying out a wide range of inspection, assessment, design, repair, enhancement and asset management projects. Ewan has taken a leading role in the implementation of a range of technology on the Forth Road Bridge which now has one of the most advanced systems on major suspension bridges globally.
Ewan is a chartered engineer with 35 years’ experience of major road and bridge projects across the UK. Ewan was a leading member of the Amey team mobilised to deal with the emergency closure and the reopening of the Forth Road Bridge in December 2015.