BuroHappold wins engineering company of the year for fifth year in a row
BuroHappold is proud to have been awarded ‘Engineering Company of the Year’ for fifth year in a row at the eighth annual Middle East Architect Awards held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai.
The practice also picked up the award for ‘Community & Cultural Project of the Year’ for its work on The Sabla Project, a series of palm-leaf shelters in conjunction with 3 ideas Ltd, beating off competition from Atkins, Woods Bagot and CAAT STUDIO. And demonstrating that materials such as palm leaves, when combined with modern architectural and engineering thinking, can do incredible things that are truly innovative, at an urban scale.
BuroHappold not only supplied expert engineering consultancy, but the practice’s economist Jim Coleman provided advice on turning the project into something that has the potential to provide an economic benefit to rural communities that are facing the effects of desertification. The Salba Project also achieved second place for the Sustainable Project of the Year.
Oliver Plunkett, Middle East managing director and Mark Lavery, associate director for tall buildings commented “BuroHappold is honoured to have been chosen and won the Engineering Company Award for the fifth year in a row. We are delighted to be consistently recognised for excellence and the capability to capture the role of design in an engineered innovation process. We will continue our efforts to provide bespoke services to sensitively restore the historic and cultural value of the region, whilst also delivering smart, community-friendly building alternatives and iconic shapes enabling unique architectures for sustainable and resilient habitats. Our aim is to reconcile design goals with environmental concerns and to steadily advance on our path of unmatched inspirational design to best meet the client’s, and project’s needs, building lasting legacies.”
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including: Andre Meyerhans, head of Andre C. Meyerhans Architects; Bart Leclercq, senior engineer at WSP- Parsons Brinkerhoff; Cristiano Luchetti, professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah; Salim Hussain, principal architect at Atkins.