Steve McKechnie


Subject: Tall buildings in 2050: Making Zero Carbon Development a Reality

Steve McKechnie is a structural engineer and a director at Arup. He has spent the last 34 years designing buildings of all shapes and sizes in the UK and around the world, ranging in scale from the roof of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and the HSBC tower at Canary Wharf to the penguin enclosure at Bristol Zoo.

Steve is now the Structural Skills Network Leader in Arup’s London office. He leads an engineering team that concentrates on some of the most interesting and challenging projects such as 8 Bishopsgate, a 50-storey office commercial building in the City of London that uses a quasi-stochastic perimeter bracing stability system, and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, where he has designed six new towers using prestressed stone masonry panels and a 60m high continuous stone cantilever stair.

Steve is responsible for the professional development of and graduate recruitment into the 300-strong team of structural engineers in Arup London. He also teaches and sits on the advisory board at University College, London.

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