James O’Callaghan wins Phoenix Award
Congratulations to James O’Callaghan MIStructE. James is the first structural engineer to receive the award.
James has been selected as the 47th recipient of the Phoenix Award and ‘Glass Person of the Year 2017’.
The prestigious global award recognises outstanding contributions to the international glass industry from the fields of science, production, and education. James will be presented with the accolade at a banquet held in his honour on 06 October 2017. The Phoenix symbolises the industry’s circular economy where material can be recycled to produce glass again and again.
The 2017 Award celebrates James’ contribution to advancing the application of structural glass in the built environment. His work has seen glass panels grow in size with connection details rationalised on a journey of projects that has incrementally increased transparency, ambition and redefined industry benchmarks. His success in innovation has been achieved through close collaboration between engineering design, academic research and industrial developments. He is widely acknowledged to be an authority within the industry.
In 2001 James was introduced to Steve Jobs, which led to a design partnership with Apple to develop glass as a key element in the identity of their stores. James has since engineered the highly innovative designs for the glass stairs, bridges, facades, and other structural elements of over 130 Apple retail stores around the world, as well as supporting many other clients with their building projects. Apple Zorlu Glass Lantern, Istanbul, was awarded the Institution's Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence in 2014.