Lauren is a passionate structural engineer working in integrated design teams to ensure suitable and sustainable designs. She is a member of Arup Sheffield’s Structural Engineering team, having joined after completing her Master’s degree from The University of Sheffield in Architecture and Structural Engineering, where she now guest lectures and mentors up and coming engineers. Lauren was the joint winner of the Best Emerging Talent Award at the 2020 IStructE Yorkshire Regional Awards.
Lauren is the first in the region to take on a secondment to the sustainability team whilst simultaneously continuing to deliver projects in her capacity as Structural Engineer. She works across both roles to create effective and viable sustainability strategies for buildings and masterplans; delivering low carbon solutions and embedding sustainable outcomes. She faces the challenges of this hybrid role head-on and embraces opportunities to bring her unique insight to reach sustainable structural design solutions.
Lauren has been involved in a broad range of projects – in terms of sector and scale – with her keen interest being in projects that contribute to society as part of our social infrastructure. Many of Lauren’s projects have been technically challenging buildings, with a particular emphasis on healthcare. Her technical project delivery skills have been demonstrated consistently as she's delivered a diverse and interesting portfolio of schools, laboratory and higher education buildings across the region over the past 5 years.
Lauren approaches work in a holistic manner, and ensures she involves and integrates others' input as part of a team approach to design. Lauren champions people and the vast extent of her involvement in numerous EDI, Early Careers and professional industry groups is testament to this.
Lauren continues to push key agendas that are at the heart of what our profession should be achieving – whilst also bringing holistic, well-thought-through designs to her clients.
"Lauren exemplifies what I would say a modern-day engineer should be. Lauren’s technical skills are very strong – but, more importantly, she is also able to understand the wider context of our work. She is passionate and impactful in improving our project outcomes and changing the industry for the better – be that through her projects, interest and skills in sustainable design, or through her promotion of EDI in the industry."
Derek Roberts, Arup Sheffield Office Leader, MIStructE