Stuart Smith

Director, Arup, Germany

Stuart Smith

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    Stuart Smith, Director of Arup Berlin, based in Berlin, Germany at an informal meeting of the Board of the Foundation in November 2021 in Venice, Italy.

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    Cities: Affordable Housing Workshop 2022

    Stuart Smith was Workshop Mentor at the Norman Foster Foundation Cities: Affordable Housing Workshop 2022.

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    Stuart Smith is a Director of Arup, based in London.

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    Stuart Smith, UK

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    Global Holcim Innovation prize jury meeting 2012, Zurich, Switzerland: Stuart Smith.

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    Stuart Smith explains what sustainable construction means to him following the meeting of the Global Holcim Innovation prize jury in Switzerland.

Stuart Smith is a Director of Arup based in Berlin, Germany; a member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation and a member multiple Holcim Foundation Awards juries.

Last updated: May 09, 2024 Berlin, Germany

He has been a member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation since 2018 and was a member of the Holcim Foundation Awards 2023 jury for Latin America, Global Awards 2018 jury, Awards 2014 jury for Europe, and Global Awards 2012 Innovation prize jury.

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.

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).

Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 – Jury meeting, March 9 2018 – Zurich

Members of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2018 (l-r): Marc Angélil, Stuart Smith, Brinda Somaya and Diébédo Francis Kéré.