Displaying a keen interest in buildings and design, Max studied an MEng Structural Engineering and Architecture at Sheffield University. After graduating in 2015, Max then chose a career in Structural Engineering, as a way of fulfilling his desire to help society progress through his professional and personal contributions.
Due to the combined focus of his degree, structural engineering and architecture, Max was drawn to Structure Workshop in 2016, a consultancy that specialises in both artwork and architecturally driven buildings. Some of his early key projects included high profile public sculptures, such as the Interpretation of Movement by Conrad Shawcross, which hung from the roof of the Barlow train shed at St Pancras. Working on these exciting projects has given Max useful experience in areas such as parametric modelling, advanced manufacturing methods, and the design of unusual materials.
Since joining IStructE in 2016, Max has drawn on the resources, knowledge and skills made available to improve and develop as an engineer, gaining Chartered Membership status in 2020. Max is particularly impressed by the proactive approach taken towards the climate crisis, principally through The Structural Engineer. Max has found it invaluable to have a centre for knowledge throughout his career and finds this particularly valuable when it comes to low carbon design.
Increasingly the challenge of addressing the climate crisis has influenced Max’s work. Recent projects include Hackney Bridge with Turner Works, a development where he explored and applied circular design principles to maximise reusability of the building’s components, and Yorkton Street Workshops, a recent retrofit project where Max was part of the team that saved two dilapidated industrial buildings from demolition, resulting in a huge carbon saving, and winning the Architects Journal Retrofit of the Year Award 2021.
“Max has ability and insight and I look forward to watching him positively influence our industry and, no doubt, become an ambassador for the profession.”
Peter Laidler BEng CEng MICE, Director