Winner of the 2010 Sustainability Award
ARUP’s team of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists often devote their energies to the matter of sustainable urban planning. “As a major player in the built environment, we have a great responsibility to ensure that our work leaves a positive legacy,” says Michael Kwok, director and general manager of ARUP’s Shanghai office. In addition to designing green buildings, low carbon communities and efficient urban infrastructure, they’ve consulted with Chinese local governments and organisations regarding sustainable strategies, and have considerably influenced the establishment of low carbon economies. To Kwok, it’s about empowering people to change the way they live. “Taking a proactive approach to integrating sustainability into our business has enabled us to identify opportunities for growth and innovation, and has also differentiated ourselves from our competitors,” he says. ARUP has also been highly involved in the Shanghai World Expo 2010, serving as engineer for the Denmark, Korea and Singapore pavilions as well as consulting on the China and UK pavilions.
“Winning the sustainability award is a testament to Arup’s continuous efforts to help shape a better China that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. The endorsement is a significant milestone for our practice in China and also a motivation for us to raise the bar and keep coming up with new ideas and solutions.”
Ellen Lee, Head of marketing and communications, East Asia