From offices, hotels, schools, hospitals, tall buildings and sports stadia to regeneration schemes, bridges, harbours and waterfront developments, the practice is renowned for cutting-edge design solutions that encourage the efficient use of materials, energy and natural resources. For more than 30 years, Buro Happold's work has been driven by the synergy between creativity, science and economy.
Buro Happold's fully integrated approach combines structural, civil, building services and technical consultancy skills with an in-depth knowledge of infrastructure design and environmental best practice. The practice has played a key role in some of the world's most prestigious landmark buildings and urban developments.
Recent projects include: The O2 (Millennium Dome), Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and New Wembley regeneration, London; The Savill Building, Windsor Great Park; Sackler Crossing at Kew Gardens; Genzyme Headquarters and the Smithsonian Institution in the USA; Dresden Main Station, Germany; the Grand Museum of Egypt, Cairo; Al Khiran Pearl City, Kuwait; and Vasilievsky Island, St Petersburg.
With 19 offices around the world and some of the most skilled people in the industry, opportunities to build a rewarding career at Buro Happold are vast.
The relationship between Buro Happold and non-governmental organisation GOAL also allows its employees to build practical international development experience, either from their home base or on a longer-term assignment to provide engineering support to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa and Asia.
Buro Happold now employs more than 1,700 people, but its distinctive culture and ethos is based on the same principles of care, value and elegance established when the practice was founded in 1976.
Working for the practice is exciting, varied and often involves pushing forward the boundaries of engineering design to solve problems in new and innovative ways. Whatever the scale of the project, it will stretch you as a professional and stand you in good stead for your future career.
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Graduate intake for 2007 so far: 111
Location: UK-wide with overseas opportunities
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Chris Woodfield gained his MEng in civil engineering at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2004. He took the summer off to go travelling and joined Buro Happold as a graduate engineer in the London Bridge Engineering team in September 2004.
Joining Buro Happold was a natural choice for Chris - he had already got to know the company through a student summer placement and was sponsored for his final year by the Happold Trust.
Hitting the ground running, Chris started on the Wembley Pedway refurbishment project - upgrading the pedestrian bridge into the new Stadium. "I started with a few menial calculations," recalls Chris, "and eventually became the engineer responsible for the complete project.
This involved site supervision, client and contractor meetings, agreeing contracts and preparing and reviewing method statements."
After six months, Chris moved onto the small but beautifully formed architectural pedestrian Sackler Crossing at Kew Gardens. "This was an idyllic project," Chris recalls. "The client knew what they wanted, and the architect was great to work with." Another project then took him to Kuwait for seven months as resident engineer for a £2M-reinforced concrete bridge.
"Buro Happold is a great company to work for," Chris concludes. "It's my kind of place. This is not the firm for anyone wanting spoon feeding - but if you really want to do something, then you will get a lot of support.
"I got a lot of responsibility early on,but the support was always there if I needed it. I network with the other graduates; we have lots of training opportunities and loads of social events as well. This place is full of motivated people who enjoy a challenge."