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Structural engineer’s outstanding talent recognised with IStructE Award

Structural engineer’s outstanding talent recognised with IStructE Award

Alumnus Daniel Dowek (King’s College, 2011) has been named Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year.

Growing up in London, I have been surrounded by a continually changing built environment, with many remarkable buildings that have interested me. I thought maybe I would try architecture at university, but I also enjoyed maths and physics, which led me towards engineering, studying how buildings are put together.

Daniel Dowek

The 30-year-old was presented with the award by IStructE (The Institution of Structural Engineers) in recognition of outstanding talent, and for his work on projects such as the Coastal House project in Devon, which has won numerous prizes. 

Daniel, who studied the four-year Master of Engineering degree (MEng) at Cambridge, has also worked as Project Engineer for the design and construction of the Weston Tower at Westminster Abbey. He has recently taken a sabbatical from engineering consultancy practice Price & Myers, where he has worked for the past six years, in order to experience living and working in Canada.

“I’m delighted and surprised to win the IStructE Award and I’m grateful to the people who have made my career possible,” said Daniel. “I entered IStructE’s competition because I felt that some of the projects I’ve completed demonstrated exciting conservation engineering and might be of interest to others.

“Growing up in London, I have been surrounded by a continually changing built environment, with many remarkable buildings that have interested me. I thought maybe I would try architecture at university, but I also enjoyed maths and physics, which led me towards engineering, studying how buildings are put together. I specialised in civil, structural and environmental engineering as part of my MEng at Cambridge.

“There have been lots of great moments in my career, but a highlight was working as Project Engineer for the design and construction of the Weston Tower at Westminster Abbey, which is the first major architectural intervention there since the time of Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. It has been a real privilege to work on such an iconic part of London’s structural heritage and it was a key part of my entry for the award.”

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