Roger Ridsdill Smith leads Foster + Partners’ Structural Engineering team. He gained his degree in structural engineering from Cambridge University and began his professional career in Paris. In 1994 he joined Ove Arup and Partners, becoming a director of the firm in 2003 and subsequently running a multidisciplinary engineering group in Arup’s London office. His experience includes the design and construction of structures around the world, as well as leadership of multidisciplinary design teams on major projects. He has worked both as lead consultant and as a part of teams led by other consultants.
While working for Arup he was involved in frequent collaborations with the practice, including the Faustino Winery in Spain, the headquarters for Citibank and the Millennium Bridge in London. In 2011 he joined Foster + Partners to establish a creative engineering group, bringing integrated engineering design to all the practice’s projects. His current projects range from a winery in the South of France to a mixed-use development in Shanghai.
He has a particular interest in housing design and has been involved in the development of a Modular Volumetric Construction System for applications in the mid-rise residential sector. His experience embraces a wide variety of other modern methods of construction, and he was a member of the Williams Commission for the Design of Housing in the Thames Gateway in 2006. In addition to design experience, he has led multidisciplinary teams on large-scale urban projects, including a masterplan in the centre of Jeddah, for which he was Project Director. He has won several prizes for his engineering work, including the Royal Academy of Engineering 2010 Silver Medal.