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Department of Architecture



Chris co-founded Expedition in 1999 and the Useful Simple Trust in 2008. Prior to this,
he worked for Ove Arup and Partners from 1979. Serving in the UK, Australia and USA, he became Arup’s youngest Director in 1992, later appointed one of five Board Directors responsible for Building Engineering.

He has a reputation for hands-on creativity and innovative engineering projects, both as design lead, and in collaboration with some of the world’s leading architects.

He has also been a long-time innovator in the field of engineering design education, including founding the Constructionarium while the first Professor of Creative Design at Imperial College.

In 2012, Chris was honoured with two Gold medals, receiving the highest individual award from both the IStructE and ICE in recognition of his design and educational contribution to the engineering and design community and society.

Visiting Professor