The computational engineering story so far…
Our approach, outcomes, and journey
BuroHappold has always used technology at the service of design. But now over the last few years we have been undergoing a fundamental transformation as a practice. We believe in a decentralised and open approach to technology and computational development. Coding and scripting is for everyone. Growing from a small group of experts a decade ago, we now exist as a vast and vibrant collective of practitioners applying their computational engineering mind-set to every project we undertake.
With individuals across every office, group and discipline, our highly connected community works together as one computational team, sharing ideas and co-creating the tools that we use on our projects every day. As a multi-disciplinary company we are interested in applying code to solving future environmental problems. As a practice we have developed our own way of working which means that computer scientists, engineers, architects and designers can co-create tools together in a common ecosystem.
Through leveraging the network effect of our interconnected collective, we work together to solve increasingly complex and ambitious problems for our clients, and wider society. Coding and visual programming are no longer a specialist skills; it’s part of our DNA. We are always investing in our future capabilities, whether that is machine learning, big data analytics, distributed computation, or whole new coding paradigms.
Where are we going next?
The future is exciting for BuroHappold, as we drive forward our technology, integrating it into all aspects of our work.
Our mission is:
‘To give universal access to BuroHappold’s collective know-how in order to sustainably solve increasingly ambitious design challenges, deliver transformational client outcomes, and increase our positive impact on society.’
Meet our computational engineering
A strong sense of community and an open, collaborative culture are what make our computational collective great. Want to join us? Check out our careers page for the latest vacancies.
Dr Al Fisher
Al leads computational development for BuroHappold globally, directing our distributed development community across all of our offices. This clear focus is around increasing participation and accessibility to new technology and computational approaches, through a culture of open sharing, dissemination and upskilling of abilities.
Al has a background in structural engineering having led computational work on some of BuroHappold’s most iconic projects. In recent years, Al and his team have focused on creating a globally accessible coding framework for mass participation in engineering tool development.
This foundational work is enabling innovation across all of our multidisciplinary teams in performance driven design – tapping into BuroHappold’s collective expertise.
Rob is a project director, and as computational projects lead, helps to ensure that the code development roadmap and the community skills development are aligned to project needs. Rob also ensures that scripts, code, and on-project innovations, are developed in line with our coding framework. Rob manages multidisciplinary teams for large scale projects, and has detailed knowledge and experience of applying software solutions to solve complex engineering problems.
A structural engineer by trade, Rob has worked on a variety of projects across our offices globally, and has spent 10 years overseas in our New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing offices, bringing a much needed global and agnostic approach to our technology development and deployment.
Kayleigh leads the computational community for BuroHappold globally. Her focus is upskilling individuals in visual programming and coding, as well as bringing those individuals together to participate in the wider global computational community.
A mechanical engineer by trade, Kayleigh has worked on a number of high profile projects in the US, as well as leading the BIM and computational communities in New York and Los Angeles, prior to taking on her current role.