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Maximising creative judgement in engineering

Event organised by ICE

17 April 2024
18:00 - 19:30 BST (GMT+1)
Buro Happold
230 Lower Bristol Road
Bath, BA2 3DQ
United Kingdom

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Harbinder Singh Birdi, creative director of Birdi & Partners and Fellow of the ICE, will be giving a talk on bettering your engineering judgement in a way that you have never experienced before. This is closely linked to the role of the design champion, enabling the National Infrastructure Commission’s design principles. This aims not only to secure higher quality infrastructure for end users, but also to deliver wider public benefits for climate, communities and places.

Harbinder was commissioned by the ICE to interview over 25 of the leading figures, from clients to engineers and architects within the field of infrastructure design,and will be describing their thoughts on how good design principles and governance are critical for the successful delivery of major projects.

Themes covered will include:

  • How to establish teams to achieve better creative outcomes
  • Skills for engineers to work more collaboratively
  • Governance for clients to achieve good design outcomes
  • The creative skills clients are seeking from young engineers
  • The creative value engineers can bring to projects

This event is in collaboration with the IStructE Tuesday Group.


Harbinder Singh Birdi

Harbinder Singh Birdi

Birdi & Partners

founder and creative director

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Harbinder Singh Birdi

Harbinder is the founder of Birdi & Partners, a London-based consultancy that provides guidance on design and procurement to government bodies, academic institutions and businesses. As a chartered architect with more than 25 years’ experience, he has delivered several of the largest projects in the UK, notably on the Elizabeth Line, where he was the principal architect for the design of Tottenham Court Road station, and the central section of the Thames Tideway tunnel. 

Harbinder is a Fellow of the ICE, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Society of Arts, where he collaborates with industry partners on innovation within the infrastructure sector. He is a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, lecturing on interdisciplinary design and mentoring architectural apprentices.