I have worked for Arup for 18 years as a facade engineer and materials engineer, and became an Arup Fellow in 2012.

I feel immensely fortunate to be made an Arup Fellow simply, I assume, because sometimes I think and express unusual ideas. It reminds me that engineers have the opportunity and duty to imagine how something could be better and to make it so.

Over the years I have designed all sorts of things out of glass but started my career designing domestic appliances, long before joining Arup.

For me, engineering is about designing and making useful things out of materials using processes. I lead the materials practice where we focus on the materials and manufacturing knowledge used by our designers for the built environment. ‘Making materials work’ is how I sum up our purpose.

I’d like to see society master its use of materials and processes so that we can develop in harmony with our environment.