Robert Okpala is a principal and regional discipline leader for the MEP team in New York.

With more than 25 years experience in engineering design consultancy for commercial, cultural, educational and mixed-use buildings, Robert’s focus is on team collaboration and the integration of disciplines within projects.

He has particular expertise in leading large multidisciplinary engineering design teams to integrate complex engineering requirements with aspirational architecture to achieve his clients’ high-performance project ambitions.

Passionate about sustainable design within an integrated project delivery framework, Robert is also an advocate for human-centric smart technologies that improve resource efficiency, operational effectiveness, and user experience for our client’s built environment assets.

Robert is an electrical engineer by training and serves as a Trustee of The Happold Foundation, a charity dedicated to using engineering skills and experience to make a positive impact on future talent for our industry.

Robert joined Buro Happold in 1995 and has worked in the London, Dubai and Riyadh offices before moving to New York in 2018.

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