Institution of Structural Engineers names James O’Callaghan 2019 Gold Medalist


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James O’Callaghan has been awarded The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Gold Medal. The award recognises his internationally-leading expertise in the creative and ambitious use of structural glass. 

James co-founded Eckersley O’Callaghan in 2004, and since then has grown a small UK business into a world-renowned engineering design practice, with six offices around the world.

James’ work is noted for groundbreaking use of glass, resulting in structures that showcase the beauty and elegance that great engineering can achieve. He has famously collaborated with Apple, enabling the brand’s global flagship stores to occupy some of the most extraordinary glass structures ever conceived.

His work has been recognised by the Institution’s annual Structural Awards, including the Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion, which won the Award for Structural Artistry in 2018, and the Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul, which won the Supreme Award for Structural engineering Excellence in 2014, with judges praising its “simplicity and purity of expression”.

On learning of the award, James said:

“It is truly humbling to have been recognised with this award, alongside some of the most influential engineers of the last century – people that have inspired me throughout my career. It has been an immensely rewarding journey and I have had the privilege to collaborate with some very talented people while exploring the limits of structural glass. I firmly believe that innovation in engineering is the key to unlocking the potential of materials and ultimately the advancement of society. As an IStructE Gold Medallist, and through my work in educating our industry’s next generation, I will continue to promote the wonder of engineering.”

Martin Powell, Chief Executive of The Institution of Structural Engineers, said:

“Once again, our awarding panel has selected a Gold Medallist whose work oozes creativity and technical excellence. James O’Callaghan is a worthy addition to the exceptionally gifted structural engineers who have become Institution Gold Medallists.”

James will give his Gold Medal Address in May at the Institution’s headquarters in London.