In this interview, Roger Nickells, Partner at BuroHappold Engineering, talks about the challenges and emerging opportunities of the built environment design and engineering.
Roger is a serial engineer, and until recently CEO of the global engineering partnership, BuroHappold. He led the firm beyond the design of structures to the design of performance environments.
“Engineering” at BuroHappold is not just the shape of the structure – it’s the design for performance outcomes. The skills involved include sociology, psychology, economics, and of course information science. His teams proved it is possible to design stadiums where the home team has an unfair advantage.
Roger has an unusual passion and a clear vision for what engineering can and should be along with a clear understanding of the role that technology needs to play. Cities are the places where he sees the most opportunity for the future and where he continues to see the Nordics leading the world.
Photo: Museum of the Future, Dubai (courtesy of BuroHappold Engineering)