A fresh emphasis on sustainability is David Tasker 's view of what he brings to his new role as director of structural engineering and sustainability with Gifford. A structural engineer specialising in sustainable building projects, Tasker has moved to Gifford from Capita Symonds to provide the 'next step' in the development of structural engineering .
'This is an exciting time for me, ' he says. 'I am joining a team at Gifford with a broad range of different disciplines at work on a variety of projects.
One of the things I am doing is helping to set up a Sustainability Unit within Gifford.
'It will be a cross-discipline group, building and spreading knowledge of this specialist area across building services, development planning and both civil and structural engineering.' But why sustainability? 'My involvement with sustainability was triggered by R BuckminsterFuller in the 1970s, who brought the idea of global consciousness to engineering. I can still hear his question: 'How much does your structure weigh?' We live on a delicate planet with nite physical resources.' Tasker's specialism has developed from his own broad variety of experience in commercial practice as well as teaching in schools of engineering and architecture.
His civils degree was supplemented with a masters in architecture and his career thus far has taken in the study and design of geometry and structural form, as well as a lead role on Steel Design awardwinning projects while a director of the special structures group at Travers Morgan.
While at Capita, Tasker's work brought him the International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering Milne medal for excellence in bridge and structural engineering; he has also taught at many schools of architecture and engineering and is currently working with the Architectural Research Unit at London Met.
'Structural engineers work as part of an overall design team, and need to be highly knowledgeable of wider issues such as sustainability, ' Tasker says.
'Structural form impacts heavily on the sustainability of a project in terms of materials and energy efciency.
'There is a growing acknowledgement that the fundamentals of design need careful scrutiny in order to make buildings more sustainable.'
Career highlight My next project Career lowlight An unsuccessful bid for the structural engineering of the new Wembley Stadium. (In hindsight this may have been a blessing in disguise! ) Amazing fact 15 years ago I almost became a full time Steiner school teacher.
Wouldn't be without Decent pens and pencils and Tervakovski detail paper.
Engineering icons Felix Candela; Ove Arup; R Buckminster - Fuller; Anthony Hunt; Jacques Heyman ??the list is endless.
Favourite places Durham Cathedral; Central London