Elisabetta Meggiolaro

Elisabetta Meggiolaro

BIM Lead at Clark Nicholls Marcel (CNM)

Countries Italy/UK

Specialisms: Design, construction, structural

Career highlights

A day in my life

I wake up early to cook dinner for the evening. I take my children to school and I get to work by scooter.

In the office, I usually have a coffee and a chat with my colleagues, after which I am ready to start my day.

I review drawings prepared by junior staff under my supervision. I check out structural 3D models against other consultants for co-ordination. I answer and send emails. If necessary, I arrange meetings or catch ups with co-workers.

In my lunch break, I go to my yoga class.

When I come back, I spend time creating and editing structural drawings. Finally, I review the programme with the line manager to make sure the deadline is met. I prepare the tasks for the next day, and then it’s time to leave the office to go home to spend time with my family. Dinner is ready!

My career inspiration

Santiago Calatrava is one of the civil engineers I admire the most because the buildings he designs are inspired by nature and its movement – how trees stand, how animals run, how humans open their arms, etc.

In my spare time I like drawing in pencil, and it’s nice to know that when you represent a person, for instance, you have to know his/her skeleton perfectly and how the masses are linked together. It's the same for structures - you have to think about frame and connections.

Westfield London ©Westfield Images

Westfield London ©Westfield Images

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

Always finding new and different ways to design a project. Being creative.

The project (past or present) I wish I’d worked on 

The Eiffel Tower, because it was controversial at the time of construction but is now admired by everyone in the world.

The civil engineering myth I’d like to bust

Civil engineering is a world dominated by men. This is not true. Many female students choose this career path and do a very good job in their work. Diversity in the workforce is improving. The industry just needs to learn to take women seriously.

I’d recommend a career in civil engineering because

I think it’s creative and you can bring new, different, and useful things into a project.

What about being a civil engineer gets you out of bed each morning?

Thinking about solving problems.


I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also... a mum of two children.

Elisabetta Meggiolaro

CAD Lead

My major projects

Westfield London shopping centre in White City, London

Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, gateway to the London 2012 Olympic Park

Brighton i-360 Observation Tower

The Francis Crick Institute UKCMRI – The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, London

Arundel Great Court, a residential and hotel building on the Strand in central London

Borough Triangle, a residential mixed-use development in London


Master’s degree in Architecture and Construction Engineering in Italy.

Worked in Italy as structural designer and in the UK as CAD lead on a wide range of complex projects under construction.

My passions

Taking environmental issues into consideration when working on a project, in terms of quantity of materials and impact in the community, and so on.

The most complex thing I've made out of Lego


A medieval castle when I was 12. From memory, it took a week.

I want to become a civil engineer.

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