A senior structural engineer for Atkins believes that engineers should not shy away from emphasising their achievements and their vital role in the design process.
Responding to Middle East Architect, Matthew J. Esther, commented: “People generally become engineers because they like solving problems, rather than to win artistic plaudits; however engineers are a vital part of the design process and should not shy away from emphasising their many great achievements.”
Esther said that architects have a higher profile than engineers because they produce a product that anybody can see and judge. He added: “Inevitably what engineers do, particularly in relation to buildings, is harder for Joe Public to appreciate because it is often less obvious.”
He also commented on the relationship between architects and engineers and added: “I think it’s a cliché that all architects are prima donnas and that architects and engineers hate each other. The issue is that we both have conflicting ideas led by different needs and priorities in creating the optimal solution for a project.
“The relationship between architects and engineers is symbiotic and we need to work as closely together as possible. Inevitably we will clash at times, and that is a good thing as long as it is constructive and there is give and take.”
Atkins has provided structural engineering services to many of the region’s iconic buildings, including the Burj Al Arab.