William (Bill) F. Baker is the Structural Engineering Design Partner in the Chicago office of the architectural engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. His work spans a wide array of structural engineering projects, ranging from small pavilions to the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa. He has designed several long span roof structures such as the 180-meter span KAL Operations Center in Korea and the Virginia Beach Convention Center in the USA. In London, he has led the design of several buildings including the 10-story Exchange House that spans 78 meters over the tracks at Liverpool Street Station and the adjacent Broadgate Tower.
He has an Honorary Professorship in Structural Engineering Design with the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Baker is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has received Honorary Doctorates in engineering from Heriot-Watt University, the University of Stuttgart, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Alex Chinneck & Simon Smith
Uniting the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering the work of British artist Alex Chinneck is considerable in ambition and often in scale. The London based studio produces sculptural interventions that elevate the place in which they stand while engaging the surrounding community.
At 31 years of age, Alex Chinneck has realised a succession of major public artworks across the UK. He is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art, a Director of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and an experienced international lecturer. His work has been featured extensively by global media with selected projects receiving over one Million visitors.
Artworks to date include sliding the brick facade from a three-storey property in South-East England; constructing a full-size house from 7,500 wax bricks that proceeded to melt over 45 days; creating the illusion that a stone building on London’s iconic Covent Garden Piazza was floating in mid-air; and most recently inverting a 37-metre electricity pylon to stand on it’s very tip, the flagship project for the London Design Festival 2015.
Simon is a structural engineer and founder of Smith and Wallwork. He has worked on major projects such as the Berlin Stock Exchange, British Embassy Berlin and the Gazprom Tower. His recent work has pioneered the use of timber in large scale construction including proposals for a 300m residential and office tower at the Barbican. His practice designed and built a living willow footbridge for the Woodland Trust.
Simon is an affiliated lecturer at Cambridge University where he carries out research in timber structures. He is a member of TRADA board and chairs their industry advisory committee.
I graduated from Cambridge University in 2006, having been sponsored by Faber Maunsell (now AECOM). Spending the subsequent five years with AECOM in UK was very good training for a career in structural engineering, with exposure to some great projects and innovative designs, e.g. the new Spartak Moscow football stadium. Unusually, every project I worked on went on to be built.
I also spent nine months on secondment as a site engineer with Kier London. This was valuable experience which helped me become chartered with ICE in 2010. In 2011, I moved to join the new engineering team at Foster + Partners, where I am now an Associate Partner. This has been an exciting and challenging role, with a relentless focus on design quality and further exposure to a host of fascinating projects, such as the new Mexico City Airport and the redevelopment of Marseille Vieux Port.
Roger is a Founding Partner of Hawkins\Brown and is recognised as one of the leading architects in the UK.
Roger is a people person. His ability to see things from the client’s viewpoint and to get into the mindset of users is key to the way Hawkins\Brown practices architecture. He is a firm believer that good architecture needs to address a social agenda and is always keen to promote user needs and aspirations. He sees an opportunity in everything and uses this to raise the ambitions of those around him.
He is a former member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and has been active in supporting RIBA Competitions including the Advisor to the ODA for the Olympic Velodrome. His involvement with the RIBA includes being Chairman of the RIBA Insurance Agency and member of the RIBA Validation Board. Roger lectures at architectural schools, conferences and writes for the architectural press and has lectured recently at UCL Bartlett, Sheffield University and Yale University in the USA.
Naeem Hussain is an Arup Fellow, Director and Global Bridge Leader for Arup and is currently based in Hong Kong. Naeem has designed and project managed large infrastructure projects in both roads and railways but his main focus has been on bridges. Amongst the notable bridges that he has designed are the River Ouse Crossing in York, Hulme Arch Bridge in Manchester, Oresund Crossing between Denmark and Sweden, Medway Crossing on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong. He is the concept designer and Main Crossing Manager for the unique 3-tower cable stay Queensferry Bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland which is currently under construction, and is the designer and Project Director for the 30km Brunei Muara –Temburong Sea Crossing link in Brunei, construction of which commenced in March 2015.
Linda is a Bechtel leader currently serving as Project Manager of Crossrail’s Farringdon Station. Crossrail is currently Europe’s largest construction project, providing a new East-West railway under London. Farringdon Station includes underground Ticket Halls, escalator inclines, platform tunnels, cross passages, concourse tunnels & adits built using sprayed concrete lining (SCL).
Linda was born in the USA and began her career as a US Army Officer & Helicopter Pilot. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from West Point Military Academy, New York and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Linda is proud to have worked for Bechtel for over 25 years, during which she has worked on a new Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida, a cut & cover highway tunnel & bridge in Boston, Massachusetts and many other infrastructure projects.
Linda and her husband have two sons and enjoy outdoors travel, skiing and mountain hiking.
Kamran Moazami has over 34 years of international structural engineering experience in the USA, Middle East, China and the United Kingdom. He is able to provide the full benefit of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s internationally renowned expertise in tall and specialist building structural design. Kamran is head of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s UK structural engineering discipline. He received his BSCE and MSCE from Columbia University and gained his professional engineering licence in New York. He is a Fellow member of the American Society of Civil Engineering and a Fellow for The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Kamran has been responsible for the concept design of several award winning projects in the UK and USA. The Shard was named ‘Project of the Year’ at the ENR 2013 Awards. Kamran has been responsible for the design to completion of over 30 million square foot of building projects across the globe many with innovative structural solutions. He is the author and co-author of several engineering articles and winner of 2013 Milne medal.
Born 1945 in Vigodarzere (Padua). In 1969, he graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Padua. Full professor of Bridges at the University IUAV of Venice until October 2015, Consultant Professor at Tongji University, Adjunct Professor at Fuzhou University and Adjunct Professor at Chang’An University; he was Vicepresident of CUN, National University Council at the Ministry of Education in Rome (2007-2013). Awarded the honorary degree in Architecture by Politecnico di Bari in 2009. Currently, he is Rector of the eCampus University in Italy, Vice President of RMEI (Reséau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d’Ingénieurs) and of SEWC (Structural Engineers World Congress). He is also Deputy General Secretary of EAMC (Engineering Association of Mediterranean Countries). Bridge designer with an exhibition “Enzo Siviero the theme of the bridge – 1999-2009” and “Ponteggiando Bridging” 2009-2016 moving around the world.
Last October, 2015, he received the important award Al Idrisi 2015, “For his contribution in the drawing and realization of bridges all over the world, not only among different physical sides, but also for their human meanings. For this reason, he is named “The Bridge – man” among human beings, people and cultures”.
Professor José L. Torero is the Head of the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland. He is a leader in the field of Fire Safety Engineering where he specializes in the behaviour of fire in complex environments such as forests, tall buildings, novel architectures, tunnels, aircraft and spacecraft. He holds a BSc for the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1989), and an MSc (1991) and PhD (1992) from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Torero is a Chartered Engineer (UK), a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (USA), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK). A recipient of the Dayell, Guise and Rasbash Medals, in 2015 he was conferred a Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by the University of Ghent for his eminent contributions to the science and education of engineers. Prof. Torero joined The University of Queensland in 2012 following appointments as the Landolt & Cia Chair in Innovation for a Sustainable Future at Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, BRE Trust/RAEng Professor of Fire Safety Engineering at The University of Edinburgh, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland and Charge de Recherche at the French National Centre for Scientific Research.