FoD West 2016 – Speakers.


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.

The titles of the keynote presentations to be delivered at the conference are as below. Delegates will also get to choose from two groups of six short presentations from qualifying successful entrants from the Young Designers’ Competition. A published programme with further details shall be published here prior to the conference.

Tim Ibell,University of Bath,”Pillars of Education”
David Wakefield,Tensys Consultants,”Lightweight Structures: Art, Architecture and Aerospace”
Steve Denton,WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff,”Why Design Standards Matter, and Why You Should Care About Them”
Andrew Pottinger,Buro Happold,”The Modern Engineer – Looking Backwards as well as Forwards”
Gennaro Senatore,University College London (UCL),”Adaptive Building Structures: Stiffer, Lighter, Slenderer”
Elena Marco,University of the West of England (UWE),”Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating for Change”
Simon Harker,Bystrup,”Infrastructure Design – Finding the Best Solution”
Laurent Ney,Ney + Partners,”Zero\, one and between”

Tim Ibell

University of Bath

Tim Ibell graduated with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1992 and, after a couple of years design experience, completed a post-doc at Cambridge before joining the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath in 1997. Tim was promoted to Professor (2003), Head of Department (2005) and Associate Dean of the Faculty (2008). He was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2015, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Tim has a team of researchers looking at the use of fibre-reinforced polymers to reinforce and/or strengthen concrete structures. He also leads research into fabric-formed concrete structures.
Tim and his team have been the recipients of six best journal-paper awards. In 2002, Tim spent a year in the US on a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award. He is a Senator and Councillor at the University of Bath, and he has a passion for teaching, particularly at first-year level.

David Wakefield

Tensys Consultants

David Wakefield joined Buro Happold in 1978, having completed a PhD in Dynamic Relaxation structural analysis at City University, London. He was responsible for the development of their in-house software for the form generation, load analysis and patterning of membrane and cable structures and for its application to a wide range of structures.
David Wakefield founded Tensys in 1990 as consulting engineers specialising in the design and numerical analysis of stressed membrane structures. With an initial focus on architectural fabric structures, Tensys have subsequently been involved in a wide range of structures including the Burj al Arab, Dubai, Wimbledon Centre Court and many stadiums worldwide.
Operating from offices in Bath and Melbourne, Australia, Tensys have provided the membrane engineering input to large art installations by Anish Kapoor, such as Marsyas at the Tate Modern and Leviathan at the Grand Palais, Paris. Tensys are also working in the aerospace field, for NASA on their Super Pressure Balloon Program, Lockheed Martin for hybrid airships and Google on Project Loon.

Steve Denton

WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

Steve Denton is WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Head of Bridges and Ground Engineering, Chair of the Technical Leadership Group and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath.
His experience spans many facets of engineering and strategic consultancy, research and construction. In addition to his business and project leadership responsibilities, he retains a high degree of technical involvement in projects.
Steve sits on numerous national and international committees and steering groups. He is the Chairman of CEN/TC 250, the committee with overall responsibility for Eurocodes.

Andrew Pottinger

Buro Happold

Andrew is one of BuroHappold engineering’s leading structural engineers with a focus on integrated and inspirational design. Since joining BuroHappold in 2006, his passion for people-centred design has led him to focus on the Cultural, Sport and Event sectors.
He has undertaken discipline and project leader roles on several exemplary projects including Etihad Stadium Expansion, Bristol Arena and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Gennaro Senatore

University College London (UCL)

Gennaro Senatore is a researcher and designer specialized in computational methods for the design and realization of complex forms and structures. He developed a novel formulation for the design and control of adaptive building structures, high performance structures (stiffer, lighter, slenderer) capable of counteracting loads actively by means of actuators, sensors and control intelligence. He also developed a mathematical formulation for an interactive real-time physics engine as aid for teaching structural engineering. The model was implemented as the java applet PushMePullMe and the iOS app Make A Scape both distributed free of charge and currently adopted by several universities world-wide. Gennaro previously worked as head of computational design & research at Expedition Engineering and collaborated with various architectural/engineering practices.
He graduated (summa cum laude) in mechanical engineering at the Federico II University (Naples, Italy) and afterwards he was awarded with distinction the Msc in Emergent Technology at the Architectural Association and the Msc in Computing and Design at the School of Architecture and visual Arts at the University of East London.

Elena Marco

University of the West of England (UWE)

Elena Marco is an architect and educator who built a strong profile in sustainable design at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios working on many pioneering and award winning projects.
Now Head of Department for Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of the West of England, Bristol she continues to develop her research interests which focus on the cross-over between health, sustainability and architecture.

Simon Harker


Simon is an Architect at the Danish practice Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering based in Copenhagen. He joined Bystrup after graduating from the Royal Danish Academy School of Architecture in 2012, becoming part of the development team of the T-Pylon for National Grid UK, as well as working on other infrastructure projects.
Simon has led successful competition proposals at Bystrup, most recently their winning scheme for the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge design competition in London. He is also part of a team delivering a prototype in the final stage of the RIBA ‘Aesthetic Overhead Line Structures’ competition for high speed rail.

Laurent Ney

Ney + Partners

Laurent Ney (°1964, Thionville) is a civil and structural engineer trained at the Université de Liège, Belgium, and at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. From 1987 to 1989 he was a student and research assistent for the MSM administration of professor Cescotto in Liège. He was a lecturer on Construction stability from 1995 to 2001 at the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Lambert Lombard in Liège. Since 2005 he is a lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. From 1989 to 1996 he worked as an engineer at Bureau d’Etudes Greisch in Liège.
In 1998 he founded the engineering firm Ney & Partners in Brussels and Luxemburg. In 2012 a satellite office was opened in Tokyo, Japan. Ney’s approach is marked by research-based design: optimization and form-finding. Constructability and sustainability are integrated into all the designs. Ney & Partners works mainly in Europe and Asia.

Two discussion panels will take place during the conference:

Chris Bowie-Hill will be chairing “How serious are we about sustainability, and does it really matter?”

Antony Oliver,Independent consultant
Elena Marco,University of the West of England (UWE)
Flavia de Luca,University of Bristol

Tom Bartley will be chairing “The digital revolution, how will this change the structural engineer?”

Tim Ibell,University of Bath
Jenni Barrett,University of Central Lancashire
Neil Farmer,Tony Gee and Partners

Chris Bowie-Hill


With a first class honours degree in Building Services and an MSc in Façade Engineering, Chris is at the cutting-edge of contemporary building services design. His focus is on pragmatic and commercial solutions that deliver sustainable and energy efficient outcomes.
His experience covers a range of sectors including industrial, education, residential, commercial, leisure, energy, and hi-tech.
In a career spanning over 15 years, Chris is renowned for his ability to assess challenging briefs from a practical, commercial and technical point of view. His strength lies in his deep technical understanding and analysis of the built environment and the needs of building users, and his ability to communicate complex issues to a wide audience.

Chris regularly speaks to students and industry on the subject of sustainable building design, which in 2015 included partnering with architects to present the design concept of the eco-supermarket of the future. Chris is a member of CIBSE and is the Chair of the committee for the Western Branch of Forum for the Built Environment.

Tom Bartley

WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

Tom works with major infrastructure projects to understand how Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital technologies can be used to deliver value during the capital and operational phases of assets. Described by New Civil Engineer magazine as “a leading BIM expert” (Dec 2013), his interests are in the interface between the human and technical aspects of BIM implementation and collaboration.
Tom divides his time between working as an engineering consultant at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and studying for an Engineering Doctorate at Bristol University.
His passion for infrastructure stems from a desire to stimulate social and economic development for communities. He is active in supporting the work of Engineers Without Borders and takes part in a range of public engagement and outreach activities to inspire future generations to consider engineering as a career.


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