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We are delighted to have the following Speakers at the Future of Design Conference for 2017;


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”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 will also be sitting on our discussion panel.

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”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Professor Chris Burgoyne | Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Cambridge”]

We are excited to have Professor Burgoyne present on;

KISS – Keep it simple, stupid.

Chris Burgoyne is Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Cambridge.  After a few years designing concrete bridges he studied for his PhD on stability theory at Imperial College where he later became a lecturer in the Concrete Structures section, specialising in the teaching of Prestressed Concrete.  This led to work in Advanced Fibre Composites, most notably using aramid fibres (Kevlar) for use as prestressing tendons.

Much of his research has been looking at the long term visco-elastic properties of these and similar fibres.  He moved to Cambridge in 1989 where he continued his work on concrete and fibres, but in recent years he has been studying the mechanics of bone, particularly in relation to how the support provided by trabecular bone prevents buckling of the femoral neck.

His work on fibres led to his involvement in the design of the tether for the SPICE geoengineering project, which involved placing a balloon at a height of 20 km, from which particles could be sprayed to reflect sunlight and prevent global warming.

”Modern computers let us design anything we can draw, losing the logic of the structural form; hence KISS – Keep it simple, stupid.”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”María Álvarez | Project Manager, CH2M”]

We are excited to have María present on;

Successful delivery of projects.

Maria is a Project Manager who specialises in transport projects. She has worked in different roles, gaining design, validation and assurance, bids, management and commercial skills. She has been involved in all design stages including site support. She has worked in different countries and been integrated in multicultural teams, gaining a wider approach to challenges.

Maria studied Civil Engineering in Spain and France, to then work in high speed and conventional rail projects in various parts of the world. She joined CH2M to work as a project manager for urban mobility, collaborating with London Underground and the Stations Improvement programme. She has also collaborated in high speed rail with her knowledge of interoperability, standards and other industry uses. She is now a project manager in High Speed Two at Euston Station.

Maria is passionate about the promotion of engineering and has carried out a number of STEM activities such as talks at schools. She has particularly enjoyed participating in the Social Mobility Foundation which make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low income backgrounds. She mentored last year an A-level student by bringing her closer to the professional world giving support on career choices.

”People designing for people today and in the future.”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”John van Leer | Industrial Designer and Engineer, Better Shelter”]

We are excited to have John present on;

The journey of designing a better shelter for displaced people. Going from an idea to 16,000 shipped shelters.

John will be on our judging panel for the young designer’s competition and will also be sitting on our discussion panel.

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.

”To me the future of design will focus on artificial intelligence, robots, rapid production techniques and a strong focus on sustainability and humanity.”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Lisa Rammig | Associate, Eckersley O’Callaghan”]

We are excited to have Lisa present on;

Transparency in glass connections.

Lisa will also be sitting on our discussion panel.

Lisa Rammig is a facade engineer and Associate at engineering practice Eckersley O’Callaghan. Her work focuses on challenging architectural projects which call for innovative approaches and technology, particularly involving glass facades and structures. She directs the practice’s R&D programme which is widely recognized to be at the forefront of the discipline.

In addition to building strong links between academia, research and the industry, she has led a number of the practice’s most prestigious projects including a significant Corporate Campus in California and the Investcorp Building at St Antony’s College in Oxford.  Lisa led the design of the recently opened Apple Dubai Mall’s 12m high motorized ‘Solar Wings’ which form an integral part of the project’s energy performance strategy.

”Future of design to me means being creative and innovative about design and engineering problems …This is an iterative process that requires creativity, and also a lot of discipline.”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Oliver Broadbent | Director, Think Up”]

Oliver is director of Think Up, a training practice that develops innovative approaches to design education for the construction industry. Oliver leads Think Up’s design training programming, training engineers and architects from a wide range of practices in the UK and abroad.
Oliver has just been appointed a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Imperial College, where he works as part of the creative design team. He also writes, speaks and podcasts on the themes of engineering, creativity and practical philosophy via his blog eiffelover.com


”The future of design depends on the intelligent use of technology to supplement rather than erode our uniquely human creative capacities”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Shajay Bhooshan | Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects”]

We are excited to have Shajay present on;

Parametric design thinking.

Shajay will also be sitting on our discussion panel.

Shajay is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects where he heads the research activities of the Computation and Design (CoDe) group. He also works as a studio master at the AA DRL Master’s program in London. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a PhD Candidate at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich. Previously, he has worked at Populous, London and completed his M.Phil from the university of Bath and M. Arch from the AA School of Architecture, London

His current interests & responsibilities include developing design-research and maintaining computational platforms for the same at Zaha Hadid Architects. He has taught and presented work at various professional conferences events and institutions including AECHackathonMunich ‘17, Tensinet ’16 and ‘13, AAG ‘16, simAud ’15 and ‘14 and ‘10, Ingenio ’13, ICFF Bath ‘12, Designers Gallery AU ’11, Design computation symposium AU ‘10, Siggraph ‘08, ETH Zurich, Yale School of architecture and Universities of Applied Arts Vienna and experimental architecture Innsbruck, CITA Copenhagen, IAAC Barcelona, etc.

“Future of design is nests in the hive mind – machine augmented and human focused.”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Toby Allen | Associate Director, Elliott Wood”]

We are excited to have Toby present on;

The Rotherhithe Bridge – Designing the world’s largest bascule bridge.

With over 17 years engineering experience Toby is privileged to have led technical teams on a number of award winning projects. These include the BCO best of the best wining BBC Mailbox studios and Roche Pharmaceutical HQ in 2005 & 2006. The Westminster Academy Stirling Prize runner up in 2008, and the 2012 IStructE small practice award. His collaboration with high profile architectural practices includes a number of projects undertaken while living in New York.

His current focus remains here in London where In addition to Toby’s responsibility as Associate Director leading Elliott Wood’s 18-strong WIM3 team, Toby heads a number of the practices specialist groups. He also holds responsibility as chief executive of the company’s in-house learning and development Academy.

Toby is delighted to have led the initial technical development of the Rotherhithe bridge design. The challenging project has drawn heavily on his experience in dynamics and complex geometric modelling.  

”Bringing the future needs/ passions of people into the heart of efficient/elegant design.”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Antony Oliver”]

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”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Caroline Tong”]

Caroline will also be sitting on our discussion panel.

With over 30 years’ experience I have spent my entire career with CH2M working primarily on major transportation infrastructure projects. My early work on the design and construction of the Second Severn Crossing was a fantastic entry to the world of long span crossings and fuelled my interest in bridge engineering. More recently I have led the options appraisal and public consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing and I am currently leading our Defence and Government Agency portfolio including the recently awarded Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

One of my passions is mentoring and encouraging younger people in their engineering careers and I am actively involved, both as a Supervising Engineer and a Reviewer, with the Institution of Civil Engineers. I also sit on the Executive Group for IABSE and am a trustee of Bridges to Prosperity.  Married with two teenage children, I juggle a combination of activities including music and rugby and the inevitable taxi duties!

“A totally inspiring day showcasing experience, innovation and enthusiasm”



[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Professor David Nethercot”]

We are excited to have David curate the Future of Design conference and be on our judging panel for the young designer’s competition.

Professor David Nethercot was for 12 years prior to his retirement in the autumn of 2011 Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.

David has almost 50 years experience of teaching, research and specialist advisory work, principally in the field of steel construction. He is the author of more than 400 research papers, including 12 prize winning papers, as well as textbooks and design guides and has addressed conferences in some 50 countries worldwide. He received the IStructE’s Gold Medal in 2009, for the period 2013-2016 he was the President of the IABSE. Included in his professional work are acting as an expert for the Wembley Stadium roof, Gerrards Cross tunnel collapse and the new Forth Bridge. For 25 years he was a member, including serving for 10 years as chairman, of the British Standards committee responsible for the UK’s Steel Buildings Code as well as input to the Eurocodes.

”Future of Design  is a wonderful source of reassurance that the future of our Industry is in good hands; young people organizing, contributing to and enjoying that combination of technical and social interaction that makes Structural Engineering such a great profession.”


[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Stuart Withycombe”]

We are excited to have Stuart be on our judging panel for the young designer’s competition.

Stuart is CH2M Director for the firms Global Bridge Practice and leads its major crossings business. He has been involved for much of his career in long span bridges, mostly cable supported sea and estuary crossings. Latterly he has been responsible for advising on procurement of crossing schemes delivered through funded (PPP) arrangements. These include the soon to be opened Mersey Gateway. His design experience has been gained mostly on projects involving high value major statement structures, often working in combined engineer-architect teams, including commissions won through design competitions. These include leading the team that won the highly acclaimed international competition to design Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong, leading the independent check on the recently opened Osman Gazi suspension bridge, Turkey, and design of two substantial gorge crossings in South Africa, awaiting award of the works contracts so construction can commence.

”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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