Roger joined Foster + Partners in 2011 to set up the Structural Engineering team based on technical excellence with an emphasis on the design of complex or tall structures. He gained his degree in structural engineering from Cambridge University and began his professional career in Paris. He then became a director at Arup London, where he ran a multidisciplinary engineering group. Roger is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and has won several engineering prizes, including the IABSE Milne Medal 2017 and the Royal Academy of Engineering 2010 Silver Medal.
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. In 2011, he joined Foster + Partners to establish a structural engineering group, bringing integrated engineering design to all the practice’s projects.
The Structural Engineering team within the practice has been built on the basis of technical excellence, with an emphasis on the design of complex or tall structures. His current projects include the new Tocumen Airport Terminal in Panama City, Ocean View Towers in Mumbai, and the new Sky Campus Tower in Budapest.
His recently completed projects include the Chateau Margaux winery in the South of France; and the Maggie’s Centre in Manchester, built with structural timber. Whilst working for Arup he was involved in frequent collaborations with Foster + Partners on some of the practices earlier projects, including the Faustino Winery in Spain, the headquarters for Citibank and the Millennium Bridge in London.
Roger is a licensed professional in the State of New York, and structural engineer in the state of Utah. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College in London. He has won several prizes for his engineering work, including the Royal Academy of Engineering 2010 Silver Medal, and the 2017 Milne Medal, awarded by the UK division of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers.