Ashkan Amiri

Ashkan Amiri

Graduate design engineer at Kier

Country United Kingdom

Specialisms Design

Career highlights

A day in my life

I design various schemes that come through our Transport for London (TfL) framework.

On a normal day, I’ll be using AutoCAD and solving various problems and issues that arise with the design.

This would involve looking at and resolving construction risks at design stage. It also means using the knowledge that comes from investigation works, such as trial holes in the ground or cores of the carriageway, which is frequent when designing.

On occasion, I will be creating fee-estimating documents and compensation events, as well as creating safety pre-construction information packages.

My career inspiration

I decided to become a civil engineer based on knowing that engineering was the route for me and that I cared for the environment.


I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also ... an Airsoft player, coder, business owner, pianist, bilingual, and investor.

Ashkan Amiri

Graduate design engineer, Kier

What I love about being a civil engineer (that I didn’t know before I became one)

The fact that change in industry isn’t as slow as people expect it to be. My office is used to pumping out a lot of healthy streets and safety schemes within three months from start of design to finish of build.

The civil engineering myth I’d like to bust

That we’re boring people.

A lot of us are quite social.

I’d recommend a career in civil engineering because

A career in civil engineering will bring the most diverse, satisfying and innovative way to use your smarts in a practical manner that can make a change.

A civil engineer isn’t just a person who sits behind a PC doing calculations or designing all day, but a person who forges relationships, motivates others and talks openly about worldly issues.

Becoming a civil engineer is the most active way to help the environment, with a constant push to be more sustainable and to think of solutions to climate issues, to then building those solutions.

The industry is moving to create a better place for people. Some of the things that people take for granted and are essential for comfortable life in cities include sewage systems, water defences, electrical applications, hospitals, roads, school, and railways - civil engineers work day in and out to make these exist.

The project, past or present, I wish I'd worked on

I wish I’d worked on Battersea Power Station. The site is amazing and being exposed to that level of problem-solving every day sounds like an amazing place to have been.

What gets me out of bed every morning?

Knowing that I can make an active change to way people’s lives are run ,and knowing that we’re the most effective industry to have transferable skills.

My favourite projects

Cycle Superhighway 4

Cycle future route 2 - Tottenham Hale to Camden

Whitechapel Station upgrade enabling works in London


I like to swim. I also code websites on the side.

The most complex thing I’ve made out of Lego

I’ve made a tank out of Lego. It took me a day to complete and was quite satisfying.

Main image courtesy of Transport for London.

I want to become a civil engineer.

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