Arup established the Foresight team in 2002 as a reflection of Ove Arup’s founding principles: the willingness to explore new ideas, and the courage to take the risks necessary to stay at the forefront of good design.
We research and raise awareness about the major challenges affecting the built environment and their implications, enabling groups within and external to Arup to think more comprehensively about the long-term future, and to manage risk and uncertainty more effectively. As a team, we publish reports, organize workshops, give talks, produce films, and curate exhibitions. All these services help towards understanding and communicating the drivers of change shaping the future of our business and that of our global client base.
Arup is an unusual firm. We have an enduring culture that is grounded in good design and a perpetual desire to seek better solutions. We are unconstrained by annual shareholder demands, enabling us to have a longer-term view, in my experience, than any other organization of our kind. This allows us to invest in people and projects that have longer returns and broader benefits.
We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. We shape a better world.
Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organization. Most recently, its work for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment.
Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms. This unconventional approach to design springs in part from Arup’s ownership structure. The firm is owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is an independence of spirit that is reflected in the firm’s work, and in its dedicated pursuit of technical excellence.
Read more about the history of Arup here.