Conference Profiles

We are delighted to introduce the following speakers to the Future of Design London 2019 Conference:

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Haekil Park | Design Manager at DSLY JV“] Building the longest suspension bridge in the world- 1915 Çanakkale

Haekil Park has approximately 20 years’ experiences in the field of bridge design and construction. He started his career in a design company before moving to SK Engineering & Construction in 2004. Mr. Park has participated in several cable stayed bridge projects in Korea and worked as Deputy Design Manager on the Eurasia Tunnel Project which was successfully completed in 2016 and is now under operation.

Presentation Description: The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge with a main span of 2023 meters, representing the centennial of the Turkish Republic in 2023, is set to become the longest suspension bridge in the world. Haekil Park participated at the bidding stage as Engineering Manager and now works for DLSY JV (Daelim, Limak, SK, Yapi Merkezi Joint Venture) as Design Manager. He is contributing to design management and technical support for construction and steel structure fabrication.

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Kelly Doran | Senior Principal at MASS Design Group“] Transforming Economies with Architecture

Kelly leads MASS’s London office and oversees their work in Europe, West Africa and Global Business Development. He joined MASS in 2014 to lead their Kigali office, overseeing the growth of the practice from an office of 8 to 80 over a five year period. He has led the design and implementation of several of MASS’s projects across East Africa, notably the award-winning Munini District Hospital and Rwanda Ministry of Health’s Typical Hospital Plans; headquarters for both One Acre Fund and Andela in Kenya; and the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture. Kelly is a past recipient of the Canada Council’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners, the Irving Grossman Prize for innovation in housing design, and both the AIA and RAIC medals. He has held an adjunct professorship at the University of Waterloo and a Visiting Lectureship at Harvard University.

Presentation Description: Architecture can be a catalyst of economic, social and cultural change, with the micro-economy of a single architecture project often transforming areas of greatest need. This talk will showcase how architecture can contribute to economic development from the ground up. The talk will juxtapose Mass Design Group’s projects in Africa to perspectives on the relationship between design and conditions of scarcity. It will also question the broader purpose of architecture in the current globalised world, outlining its role in shaping communities that are sustainable in the long term.

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Lorenz Haspel | Associate at SBP“] Be innovative, forget the context

Lorenz joined Schlaich Bergermann Partners in 2006 after completing his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Stuttgart in Germany specialising in Structural Engineering. Over his illustrious career he has worked on major stadiums and bridges across the world with some notable projects including Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium here in the UK, Stadium FK Krasnodar in Russia, National Stadium in Warsaw and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His current role sees him as an associate in the Research and Development team. He has published several technical articles and conference articles as well as guest lecturing at the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Technical University of Munich.

Presentation Description: Lorenz will tackle the omnipresent goal of being artificially innovative and in contrast to that, present some examples of effective approaches that have resulted in considerable development. Lorenz will pose the questions: “what is doable – and what finally gets done?” as well as “be innovative, forget the context”. His presentation will include some real examples including the new stadium at white heart lane, a carbon fiber cable supported glass facade, a light rail arch bridge that uses carbon hanger cables , a stainless steel shell footbridge “Trumpf-Steg”, a 1000m long span footbridge “Frankenwaldbrücke”, a cable stayed tower with timber columns “Schönbuchturm” and a series of other projects that can tell a story about tailored solutions and the art of engineering work.

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Inger Kroon | Project Director, Major Bridges International at COWI“] Floating suspension bridges and other floating stories

Inger B. Kroon is a project director with responsibility for risk, reliability and decision analysis. The general focus of the modelling is to define and assess the risks and inform the decision making process to manage these risks. Inger has applied the risk, reliability and decision support tools in the fields of bridge, maritime, tunnel, offshore and railway infrastructure engineering as well as for the more general design basis preparation. Recently, she has been focussing on modelling maritime safety and risks associated with decommissioning of off- and onshore structures.

Presentation Description: Inger will give a presentation of the floating multi-span suspension bridge solution which was considered for the Bjørnafjorden crossing in Norway as part of the ferry-free coastal route E39. Ferry-free E39 is a 1100km highway project between Kristiansand and Trondheim which aims to establish fixed links across eight fjords along the route. The project owner is the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The presentation will touch upon the various solutions considered for bridging the deep Norwegian fjords and zoom in on the spectacular multi-span suspension bridge solutions, the associated challenges, the risks and the possible mitigations.

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Gijs van der Velden | CEO at MX3D“] Closing the digital design loop

After completing his masters in International Law, Gijs van der Velden joined Joris Laarman Lab in 2009, assuming the general management position in 2011, and becoming partner in 2014. In this Lab the future of digital production is subject to critical and visionary research and development, with 3D printing as a key subject. In 2014 the partners of the Lab decided that their printing technique would continue as an official spin-out company named: MX3D (Multiple aXis 3D printing). The MX3D team is led by Gijs van der Velden and supported by partners like Autodesk, ABB, Lenovo, AMS Institute and ArcelorMittal. After completing several experiments, Art Pieces and a Bicycle, MX3D set out on a journey to 3D print a metal bridge over a canal in the Red Light District of Amsterdam to show the potential of its technique.

Printing is complete and MX3D aims to place the bridge in 2019. With the Bridge complete MX3D intends to release its MX3D Metal XL software by the end of 2019, allowing other companies to join the adventure of large scale metal printing.
Presentation Description: MX3D CEO Gijs van der Velden shares his vision on the future of making large scale structures once all elements of the design, calculations, manufacturing and control are digital, measured and linked

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Jim Eyre | Founding Director at Wilkinson Eyre“] A bridge in flight

Jim Eyre is a founding director at WilkinsonEyre where he has led the design on many of the practice’s cultural, commercial and infrastructure projects. His work ranges from the Millennium Bridge at Gateshead, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize, and the London 2012 Basketball Arena, to the RIBA Lubetkin Prize-winning cooled conservatories at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay and the redevelopment of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station. He has a particular interest in multidisciplinary projects where architectural creativity and engineering principles can be combined. His approach continues to evolve with his interest in the spirit of the new, and the relationship of architectural design to urban and historical contexts and the wider physical landscape. His publications include The Architecture of Bridge Design and the practice’s Exploring Boundaries and Works monographs. He has lectured at home and internationally at venues including the Soane Museum, the RIBA and Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, and Yale, Berkeley and the Bauhaus

Presentation Description: Enhancing Copenhagen’s waterfront and its reputation as the world’s best city for cycling, the elegant Lille Langebro for cyclists and pedestrians is now complete. Three key ideas characterise its concept and identity; first, the bridge follows an elegant curve in plan which aligns with and evokes the great arc of the city ramparts and moat of Christianshavn, otherwise not apparent when viewed from the city. Second, the structure is arranged as two ‘wings’, one at each deck edge, that define a very acute cross section that clearly divides light from shade. This edge dips below the decks at the abutments and rises up above the walkway at midspan, creating a further elegant, sinuous line. Third, and unexpectedly, the graceful curved profile of the bridge only becomes broken when the two swinging sections open for marine traffic. Jim’s lecture will look at the design process and the methods used to make the concept become a reality

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Ruth Norman-Johnson | Director at Ramboll “] Digital Transformation – taking the start-up approach

Ruth runs the Digital Products team at Ramboll focussing on bringing new technology to the community, and is an advocate for computational design and how it can disrupt our traditional ways of working. Ruth has developed innovative technologies, through driving Innovation Accelerator processes which leverage on lean start-up methodology to transform the way Ramboll deliver their work. Ruth’s current focus is on products to transform the early stages of building projects, by bringing design data and analytics to inform better decision making and drive value for clients, the environment and the community.

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Nick Francis | Director at Imagine Engineering &
Oliver Broadbent | Director at Constructivist“] Playing with Lego – Understanding the hidden human behaviours which influence design

Nick and Oli will run a highly interactive workshop, challenging small teams to fulfill a rapid design and build contract – out of Lego!
Participants will develop a conceptual design for a Lego structure. Teams will then compete to design and build their structures as quickly and efficiently as possible. Through careful observation and group discussion teams will explore the factors which influenced their design decisions, and learn novel techniques to enhance design innovation and creativity. The group will then examine the human behaviours which impacted on their delivery of the project, and compare these to their real world experiences.

By participating in the workshop participants will gain an understanding of the hidden human behaviours which shape the evolution of design. Participants will be able to start identifying factors which affect design judgement, and explore how their behaviours can influence the wider performance of a project team.

[separator headline=”h2″ title=”Lara Tabet | Senior Engineer at Arup“] Hyperloop Workshop

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop transport concept has sent a wave through the engineering community. With the potential to revolutionise transportation there has been significant investment globally to investigate whether Hyperloop could be part of the future. In this workshop, lead by Lara Tabet, a Senior Engineer leading Arup’s response to Hyperloop, participants will explore how the technology works and the challenges that are yet to be overcome to make Hyperloop a reality.

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