24 September 202018:00 - 19:30 BST
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Dr Mike Cook has been named the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) 2020 Gold Medallist in recognition of his infectious enthusiasm and curiosity for structural engineering and his passion and leadership in response to the challenges of climate change.
During 2019 he was instrumental in galvanising UK built environment engineering companies and institutions into declaring a climate emergency. Mike’s address will look at what the climate emergency means for structural engineers. Believing that structural engineers have never been more crucial to the planet and exploring how we can, and will, play a vital part in redrafting the way the next 50 years will unfold.
The lecture will be held online and hosted by the Institution's President Prof Don McQuillan and Chief Executive Martin Powell, with an opportunity to put your questions to our Gold Medallist.
A former Vice President of IStructE and a leading building engineer who has played a key role in the development of the consultancy practice BuroHappold Engineering since 1976, where he was Senior Partner from 2011 to 2017.
He has greatly enhanced the reputation of the profession through his work in teaching (most notably as Adjunct Professor of Creative Design at Imperial College since 2008) and with professional bodies (including IStructE and the Royal Academy of Engineering).
During his career Mike has also made a significant contribution to the design of many innovative structures around the world, including Resident Engineer for the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre (Hong Kong), the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court at The British Museum (London), the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington DC) and the Hauptbahnhof - Main Railway Station (Dresden). These projects typify his interest in the connection between natural and man-made structures.
Much of his work is informed by nature, built on the principle of using the least resources to do the job well and in a way that creates delight.
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