Future of Design will feature experienced designers with presentations on current cutting edge designs as well as discussions about the future challenges of our profession.

Josef Hargrave


Josef is an Associate in Arup’s global Foresight + Research + Innovation team. He has a background in innovation management and corporate foresight. Josef specialises in exploring and envisioning the future of the built environment. He works across all scales and sectors, including cities, buildings and spaces. He is particularly interested in how trends in design will transform future human experiences; and how people themselves will impact future design.

Kirsten Henson

KLH Sustainability

Kirsten has contributed to a number of master planning projects, providing technical advice on setting sustainability strategy, implementation and delivery. Her most notable contribution to date is on the London 2012 Olympic Park where her technical knowledge and ability to engage and inspire significantly influenced the planning, design and construction of the infrastructure and venues. She is also a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme focusing on sport and sustainability.

Keith Brownlie

Brownlie Ernst and Marks

Keith is a chartered Architect and Director of the Anglo-Danish practice Brownlie Ernst and Marks (BEaM), a specialist design firm involved in bridges and infrastructure projects worldwide. He is involved with bespoke design projects from Australia to the Arctic Circle and is busy in the burgeoning US design-bid-build market for major bridges.

Mark Whitby

Davies Maguire + Whitby

Mark Whitby is a senior member of the building industry, highly experienced in design and construction for the built environment. He is particularly engaged with clients and architects at project conceptual stages, where he brings an engineering perspective to evolving designs, but also works on all stages of project delivery.

Phillip Hall-Patch

Heatherwick Studio

Phillip is a senior architect at Heatherwick Studio and Project Architect for the Garden Bridge, London. He studied at Oxford Brookes University and graduated from the Bartlett (UCL) in 1997. In a career spanning over 18 years he has worked on a vast range of building typologies from residential conservation refurbishments in Islington to transport infrastructure projects in West Africa.

Ralph Parker

Price & Myers

Ralph has over 14 years’ experience of architectural design practice in the UK, New Zealand, and China. He worked at Marks Barfield Architects from 2000 – 2005 on projects including: River of light; Crossrail; and the Kew Gardens Treetop Walkway. He designed the RIBA award winning Bullring Spiral Café.

Francis Archer


Francis Archer is an associate director at Arup and lead engineer on the Garden Bridge. Before switching career to Structural Engineering in 1995, Francis was a mathematician, completed a PhD in theoretical physics in Cambridge and carried out post-doctoral research in Germany. In his 20 years at Arup Francis has worked with leading architects and has taken many well-known buildings from concept design to construction.

Tim Lucas

Price & Myers

Tim is a structural engineer with nearly 20 years’ experience of working in construction design. He joined Price & Myers after graduating, and after a two year interlude with Arup, became a Partner in 2007. He is a visiting tutor at The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Dr. Michel Virlogeux

Dr. Michel Virlogeux is a French structural engineer and bridge specialist well known for his participation to the construction of the ‘Second Tagus Crossing’ in Lisbon and the design of the ‘Millau Viaduct’ in France. He received the 2003 IABSE Award of Merit in Structural Engineering in recognition of “his major contributions leading to very significant progress in the field of civil engineering, in particular through the development of external prestressing, landmark cable-stayed bridges and composite structures”. During twenty years he designed more than 100 bridges, several off which received architectural awards.


John Cutlack

Flint & Neill

John is an acknowledged, award-winning expert in structural engineering design for numerous industry sectors including bridges, car parks, offices, stadia, sports and leisure facilities.
John’s most recent sport and leisure experience has been London 2012 where he was the Independent Structural Engineering Reviewer appointed directly by the Olympic Delivery Authority for the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, and Waterpolo.
John was the Design Review Engineer for the retractable roof over the centre court at Wimbledon

Julia Barfield

Marks Barfield Architects

Founding Director Marks Barfield Architects (MBA) in 1989 together with husband and partner David Marks, well known for the London Eye.
Julia is involved in all the diverse projects undertaken by the practice, from culture and education to bridges and transport; sports and leisure and master planning. She received the Prince Philip Designers’ Prize, special commendation and ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise & Innovation’ 2003.
Julia has been an Awards’ assessor for RIBA and Civic Trust and a judge for a number of Architectural competitions. She lectures at conferences and universities.

Mungo Stacy

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Mungo is an Associate with Parsons Brinckerhoff and sits on PB’s technical leadership team. He has a background in bridge design and maintenance and regularly provides strategic advice to clients. His project work includes stations designs for Northern Hub, new and refurbished structures for the Manchester Metrolink tram extensions and precast segmental construction in Hong Kong. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on subjects including Eurocodes, building information modelling and high profile projects.

Two discussion panels will take during Future of Design 2014, on ‘Ethics in Practice:’ and ‘Designing London’s Skyline’.

Ethics in Practice:

Anthony Oliver (Chair)

Infrastructure Intelligence

Antony launched Infrastructure Intelligence in January 2014, a new digitally-led media brand from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering. Before that he spent the last two decades immersed in the world of civil engineering and infrastructure as a journalist with New Civil Engineer magazine where for 13 years he was the editor. He is a chartered civil engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and spent the first six years of his career as a design engineer with Owen William and Partners and then on site with Balfour Beatty.

Alistair Lenczner

Foster + Partners

Alistair Lenczner is a highly experienced cross-discipline designer who has worked on prestigious building and infrastructure projects delivering both architectural and engineering design solutions working with major architectural and engineering practices. After qualifying as a chartered engineer, Alistair spent 13 years with consulting engineer Arup and 16 years with Foster + Partners where he led the design on many prestigious projects including the Bari Stadium in Italy, the new Wembley Stadium, the Millau Viaduct in France and the Haramain High Speed Railway in Saudi Arabia.

Mark Whitby

Davies Maguire + Whitby

Mark Whitby is a senior member of the building industry, highly experienced in design and construction for the built environment. He is particularly engaged with clients and architects at project conceptual stages, where he brings an engineering perspective to evolving designs, but also works on all stages of project delivery.

Joseph Stables


Joseph has designed and built infrastructure and building projects in the commercial sector in the UK, Russia, and the Arabian Gulf. In the development sector Joseph led building infrastructure assessments in Bangladesh and education infrastructure programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.
He is passionate about sustainable development in the holistic environmental, economic and social sense, and has a particular interest in the social impact that projects can offer through early community engagement and local capacity building.

Designing London’s Skyline

Colin Wilson (Chair)

Greater London Authority

Colin Wilson is a planner and urban designer who has worked in London for the last 24 years.He currently manages a team of 22 planners responsible for dealing with the referred strategic planning applications, Mayoral call ins, the operation of the charged pre application service and the production of the Mayors Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. Colin has been responsible for a number of major planning applications that have been referred to the Mayor, including the Shard at London Bridge and for a series of Mayoral call ins including Southall Gas Works and Convoys Wharf. Colin has lead the production and implementation of a series of strategic planning frameworks, whilst he has also contributed to the London Plan and its review and in particular tall building, design and Opportunity Area policies and to the development of the London View Management Framework.

Clive Atkinson

Mott MacDonald

Clive has twenty years’ experience as a façade design specialist and nearly 40 years in detailing and designing buildings. Clive has influenced the designs of many well-known UK buildings and a fair few international developments too. In line with today’s discussion Clive has designed some recognisable high-rise developments across the globe (including the UK) ranging on buildings up to 550m high. In his career Clive has designed the facades of many Prize winning buildings, with five Sterling and a Lubetkin Nomination of the many awards the buildings he has worked on have gained. Clive’s specialist design involvement has led him to work with many of the world’s leading and notable Architects and has gained a global insight on the design and servicing of high rise buildings.s

Mark O’Connor


Mark is a Director and Head of Analysis & Design in WSP’s UK Structures business. He has over 25 years experience in structural engineering consultancy and structural steel research. At WSP, Mark has been involved in many of the company’s recent high profile tall building designs, including the Shard at London Bridge and the Nakheel tower in Dubai. The analysis group he leads provides specialised analytical support to most of the group’s major projects. The main areas of work concern assessment of static and dynamic structural performance of tall buildings under extreme events such as wind, earthquake, fire and blast.

Karen Cook

Partner of PLP Architecture

Karen Cook is a founding partner of PLP Architecture, prior to which she was a partner of KPF, whose London office she led for two decades. Karen’s experience extends throughout Europe, fostering an interest in cultures and languages. Key elements of her work focus on integrating design and technology, making better places in which to live and work. Her current projects include the design of four residential tall buildings in Shoreditch. While at KPF, Karen led the design of The Pinnacle, obtaining unanimous planning consent for the City of London’s tallest office tower, and helping to shape planning policy for the Emerging Eastern Cluster of tall buildings.

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