William Arnold named Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year

Published: 08/06/2017

William Arnold MIStructE was named “Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year” by The Institution during a ceremony held in London on 8 June.

The Award is made by the Institution annually to recognise the most outstanding engineering professionals aged 30 and under. 

Will was recognised by the Institution for his work on innovative projects like the Fubon Tower in Tapei, Taiwan (a skyscraper located in an earthquake-prone part of the world), a whiskey distillery in Scotland (featuring an innovative timber roof the size of five football pitches), and projects like the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion, on which he worked with world-famous artist, Ai Wei Wei.

Will, who has worked for Arup for the last seven years, was inspired to become a structural engineer at the age of 14, when a family friend mentioned that he’d worked for the company that helped to design the Sydney Opera House. 

“That was a turning point for me: I immediately decided that structural engineering was what I wanted to do for a living, and chose my A-Levels based on the fact,” said Will. 

“I am absolutely delighted to win the Award – I never thought that I might actually win. The first thing I will do with my prize money is buy everyone in the office an ice cream.”


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