Stephen Brown, a partner in Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, London, has won a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his innovative structural solutions and acclaimed architecture that have supported successful urban regeneration.

A creative, hands-on structural engineer who has achieved a remarkable portfolio of projects during his 20 years of practice, Stephen will receive his medal at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on Thursday 10 June.

Stephen began his carer in New Zealand and, after moving to Hertfordshire, England, he eventually joined Buro Happold in 1994, becoming a partner in 2000.

His work includes the design and supervision of the remarkable glass and steel lattice roof over the Great Court of the British Museum. By generating data to be shared with the constructor, this design used the latest techniques of form generation and interactive member design and a nodal welded joint to create a complex vaulted form of thin steel box members and triangular double glazed panels. Other projects have included the Millennium Point in Digbeth, designed with Nicholas Grimshaw architects, which uses a flexible and adaptable structural solution for the floors and columns.

Throughout a career that has been “driven by a desire to deliver innovative structural solutions and a hands on holistic approach to the design of buildings”, Stephen believes that the world of building engineering “consists of a people focused, technically driven community, where the blend of communication, clear understanding of building physics and creative thinking come together to provide high levels of excellence.”

He is currently leading the engineering team for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station which is now entering the main design stage.

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy’s Silver Medals, instigated in 1995, are awarded annually to engineers aged 50 or under who have made outstanding contributions to British engineering. Only four awards may be made each year.
  2. This year’s other Silver Medals go to Jonathan Holt, Drilling Technology Portfolio Leader, BP, Global Technology Group (EPT), Stuart Moran, CEng, MBA, Managing Director, Surgical Innovations Limited, Leeds and Professor Christopher Snowden, PhD, FREng, CEng, FIEE, FIEEE, CEO Filtronic Integrated Compound Semiconductors and University of Leeds.
  3. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Dr. Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering