Engineers are “too modest” says WSP


The head of structures for WSP Middle East believes that engineers are too modest about their achievements, which results in architects hogging the limelight on famous projects.

In an interview with Middle East Architect, Bart Leclercq commented: “Architects are much better at selling themselves while engineers tend to be introverted.”

Leclercq continued: “Engineers tend to see buildings as giant puzzles that need to be solved. They lose interest when a building is completed and move onto the next puzzle. I think that engineers need to celebrate successes – they are too modest.”


But he points out that, historically, engineers have appeared in the public eye. “Remember that one of the world’s most famous buildings, the Eiffel Tower, was named after an engineer,” he adds.

WSP has offices in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar and India, and is currently working on Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed National Museum with architecture giant Foster + Partners.

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