This award is intended to discover the emerging abilities of engineers under 40 and celebrate the creativity, ingenuity and skills of the best young civil engineering designers.
The modern market requires engineers to deliver remarkable feats and calls upon them to be versatile, fl exible in approach, visionary and commercially astute.
The line between engineering disciplines is also blurring with structural engineers designing projects traditionally classed as civil engineering, and vice versa.
Today, civil or infrastructure engineering reaches beyond bridges, roads and railways to encompass masterplanning, urban design, regeneration and sustainable and environmental development as well as the more obviously visual structural engineering sector.
This award aims to celebrate the complex skills required of modern civil engineering designers and to demonstrate the exciting, fascinating and seminal work being performed by them in refurbishing and developing infrastructure around the world. The intention is to unveil the crucial role played by brilliant engineering design in creating a vibrant and sustainable modern landscape.
New Civil Engineer magazine has been working for years to raise the profile and status of the work of the civil engineer.
Buro Happold, through the Happold Trust, continues to uphold the vision of its founder, Ted Happold, and his partners that good creative engineering can stimulate good architecture.
Young engineers or teams of engineers led by someone under 40 will be invited in spring 2006 to submit an engineering design that includes inspiring, innovative, clever engineering which contributes to the local economy and is demonstrably sustainable.
The project submitted must have been commissioned if not necessarily built, and can be located anywhere in the world.
The winner or winning team will receive the award trophy at a special ceremony in November 2006.
Two hundred years on from the birth of the most famous engineer of them all, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, we hope the award will demonstrate to the industry and wider public that modern engineers are continuing his legacy in style. We hope all young engineers will enter and that their employers and mentors will encourage them to do so.