James O'Callaghan elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering


James O’Callaghan, one of the Founding Directors of Eckersley O’Callaghan, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution to the engineering profession.

The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented engineers as its Fellows, using their expertise to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. The Academy provides independent advice to government, delivers programmes that help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential, engages the public with engineering, and provides leadership for the profession.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said of this year’s fellows, “They epitomise the very best of UK engineering. Representing the country’s most innovative and creative minds from both academia and industry, the achievements of our new Fellows highlight the critical role engineering has in addressing major societal challenges and ensuring our readiness for the future.”

James is known internationally for his leading expertise in the design and application of structural glass. His work with Apple has famously enabled the brand’s global flagship stores to occupy some of the most extraordinary glass structures ever conceived. Using glass in such challenging, beautiful and innovative ways that it can appear to defy explanation, James’ projects have astounded both the structural engineering community and the public alike. An unrivalled ambition to advance technological development, coupled with an exceptional technical understanding, has put James at the front of his field.

“It is an honour to be elected to the Royal Academy of Engineers among so many peers who have inspired me through my engineering journey,” James said. “I look forward to contributing to the Academy’s work in driving innovation and ensuring engineering plays a pivotal role in the advancement of society, as well as my firm belief of its importance in our education system.”