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Dr. Chris Luebkeman is a bridge builder of many kinds. He is a third generation educator who has been formally educated as a geologist, structural engineer and architect who believes that successful design cannot be separated from breadth of knowledge and steadfast inquiry. Prior to joining Arup in 1999, he taught in the Departments of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology [ETH] in Zurich, the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]. His industry funded research program at MIT, which continues today, is entitled “house_n; MIT’s intelligent home of the future”. This is a technology and tectonic exploration of the integration of the digital with the physical. He continues to utilise his broad interests and enthusiastic belief in our zeitgeist in his current position as Director for Global Foresight and Innovation at Arup.  His experiences have enabled him to specialise in being a generalist with a view to being “in league with the future”.

Chris is an active facilitator and motivational speaker. He lectures widely [51 cities in 26 countries in 2006-2008] on the future, sustainability, and innovation, as well as on research at Arup. He facilitated the creation of an eCommerce strategy, initiated a series of research projects on the future and is constantly encouraging lateral thinking. He is a member of Arup’s Design and Technical Executive which promotes the highest standards of design and technical skill to ensure that Arup is one of the world’s leading practitioners in its chosen fields. He spends a lot of time advising how the driving forces of global change should be incorporated into more effective global business strategies. His role puts him at the forefront of understanding where “things are heading” and enables Arup to be there first.