“I believe in the ability of our young people to make a difference in the development of our Cities, through sharing knowledge, innovation, collaboration and technology.”
From the beginnings of his career as an electrical engineer, Robert has had the opportunity to work on projects all over the world. Much of his 20-year career has been spent working with some of the most forward thinking teams to create unique building and technical consulting projects. He is currently Group Director in BuroHappold’s Riyadh office, focusing on projects based across the Middle East.
Robert embraces change in the industry, and is excited about the possibilities that technology and social collaboration bring to solving the challenges facing our industry. An advocator for integrating low carbon and renewable technologies with behaviour, he is keen to promote sustainable initiatives in the region.
As well as his role at BuroHappold, Robert is a Trustee for the Middle East, and is committed to getting young people involved in making a difference to the development of the urban environment. He works closely with universities, schools and other partners to put together a number of programmes for the future stars of engineering.
Away from his work in the built environment, Robert is an active experimental electronic musician, a pastime he credits as helping him to keep an open and creative mind.
My Engineering inspirations
Masdar Sustainable City – A vision for the young people in the Middle East to build on the potential for government, private industry and community to work hand-in-hand to create and maintain the sustainable cities of the future.
The Roland TR-808 drum machine – became one of the most influential sounds of dance music, because it was affordable and attracted young music enthusiasts to create their own music – not the original marketing intention, but it reminds us that sometimes our ideas can be taken to a new paradigm by a different perspective.
British Museum Great Court – One of the first projects I was involved in at BuroHappold that showed me the true potential of what well integrated architecture and engineering brings to the built environment.