We are a single, global computational community. All of us at Buro Happold apply a computational engineering mindset to every project we undertake.

On a daily basis, we use computational methods to solve complex design problems, creating real value and depth to all our work.

An open, decentralised approach to computational engineering

Our decentralised and open approach to technology and computational development aligns with our firm’s culture of collaboration. We believe coding and scripting is for everyone. By helping create and share the Buildings and Habitats object Model, we wanted to not only expand and strengthen BuroHappold’s collective know-how​, but also to enable the wider design community to tackle more complex challenges. 

Visual and flow-based programming is central to our work. At Buro Happold, we expect all our people to understand and use code to solve engineering problems.

All our project use visual and flow-based programming, but in some cases, the transformation was ground-breaking, and entirely due to our engineers’ computational approach and truly revolutionary creativity.

An environment where continuous learning is valued and encouraged

Through our global Hackademy Programme and continuous professional development, our engineers and specialists learn, think and question on a daily basis, to the benefit of our clients. We are always investing in our future capabilities, whether that is machine learning, big data analytics, distributed computation, or whole new coding paradigms. The practice is at a size where we can be agile, but also benefit from the global reach of a much larger organisation.

The future is exciting, as change gathers pace, and we adapt to new ways of working. We are solving increasingly ambitious design challenges and increasing our positive impact on society.

At Buro Happold, our people have the capacity for change, and through this, we thrive.

Project highlights

Ethereal interior lighting design of Morpheus


Macau, China

Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering highly complex structures, our team created a bespoke programmatic approach, enabling us to process the huge number of FE models required to create the exoskeleton and critically, the corresponding 3D visualisations of every connection. This approach enabled our team to focus on the engineering solution, rather than manually handling the data for each element.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Louvre buildings appear to float in the shallow inshore waters of the island’s coastline. In fact, there are two basements housing support facilities that lie beneath the waterline, with the galleries and exhibition halls above water. Standing on piles founded in bedrock 20m below, its imposing form is topped by a 185m diameter shade canopy supported on four perimeter pillars. The canopy design incorporates multi-layered and perforated external cladding allowing sunlight to rain into the space below.

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