Paul Westbury FREng CBE

paul westburyRenowned in engineering circles worldwide Paul joined Buro Happold in 1991 having graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge with a first class degree in engineering science. As a chartered engineer, Paul has contributed to some of Buro Happold’s most eye-catching and inspired building projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the Millennium Dome, London, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and the 2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating Oval in Turin.

In March 2011 Paul was elected as Buro Happold’s Chief Executive Officer, heading up the practice’s 27 offices across the globe. His new role is also enabling him to be an ambassador for the engineering profession, raising its profile as a leader in providing solutions for many of the major life-changing issues that society is facing today and in the future. Indeed Paul still actively plays a creative role in delivering innovative, economic and socially responsible designs that address the key problems facing us such as climate change, resource scarcity and our ever expanding population and the continuous growth of the urban landscape.

Paul has firmly established his global reputation as a leading expert in the design and delivery of major sports and entertainment buildings on multi-award winning projects such as Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium in London, Ascot’s world class racecourse and the innovative O2 Arena created within the Millennium Dome, London.

In 2000 Paul became the consultancy’s youngest ever Principal when he was made a Partner and Director at 30. This followed his 1999 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for Innovation for his work on the Millennium Dome – the first time a construction related project had won for three decades. In 2002, he established and led Buro Happold’s Design and Technology board, which promotes blue sky thinking and innovation, and is the focal point within the consultancy for ideas development and research. In 2008 he became Managing Director for our European business, overseeing all of the region’s offices and activities.

Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture & Commerce.

In 2008 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his contribution to British engineering. He was named in The Times top 100 scientists list of 2010 and is a member of the judging panel for the newly launched Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; a global award that seeks to recognise and reward the pivotal role that engineering plays in society today, something that Paul is passionate about. In May 2012 he was awarded the highly coveted Gold Medal from the Institution of Structural Engineers, which celebrates his many and varied achievements in the field of structural engineering.

In January 2013 Paul was recognised for his services to engineering and construction in the UK’s New Years Honours list and awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).