Director, Arup, Germany
Last updated: April 24, 2023
Stuart Smith is a Director of Arup Berlin, based in Berlin, Germany.
He is also a member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.
He contributes to the themes of circular economy in the built environment, regenerative design and development of low-carbon buildings through active projects, research and thought leadership to clients and organizations.
By rethinking how we use our cities and buildings, some really interesting things can happen – not just around materials and the circular economy, but also around our environment, our green spaces, and how we infill between major infrastructure. Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith leads one of Arup’s multi-disciplinary building engineering teams and has worked with renowned institutions across the globe including São Paulo Cultural Complex Luz, Brazil, a Dance Theatre and School in São Paulo, Brazil; the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art, India; and the Miami Art Museum, USA (all in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron), and Reforma 509, a tall tower in Mexico City (with KMD Architects). He is currently collaborating with the Norman Foster Foundation on various projects including the masterplan for the reconstruction of Kharkiv in Ukraine.
He led the engineering team collaborating with the Serpentine Gallery, Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei on the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion in London that was presented as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.
He has broad experience including work on high profile building and infrastructure projects as well as on urban design master plans across the world, including collaboration with OMA, most notably on CCTV in Beijing, China. He is experienced on both traditional and specialist projects working with a variety of materials with specialist knowledge of concrete structures and sustainability.
He is interested in the field of new and innovative materials and techniques. As part of the 2014 London Design Festival, he helped build the Wikihouse, the world’s first open source, digitally printed house. He is also involved in the Warner Stand at Lord’s, where Arup are pioneering the use of Tensotherm, a fabric impregnated with nanogel to provide high-thermal properties to a thin translucent roof covering, and niobium, an enhanced high strength steel, for the Reforma project.
Stuart Smith studied engineering and obtained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from City University, London (1990); and a Master of Structural Engineering from Imperial College London (1992).
Holcim Foundation engagement
He joined the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in 2018.
He was Workshop Mentor at the Norman Foster Foundation Cities: Affordable Housing Workshop 2022 and a Member of the Academic Body at the Norman Foster Foundation - Re-materializing Housing Workshop 2021. The NFF workshops were supported by the Holcim Foundation.
Stuart Smith was a member of the Global Holcim Innovation prize jury in 2012, the Holcim Awards jury for region Europe in 2014, and the Global Holcim Awards jury in 2018. He will be a member of the Holcim Awards 2023 jury for Latin America.