Tristram Carfrae

Deputy Chairman, Arup, Master of the Faculty, RSA Royal Designers for Industry 

About Speaker

Tristram is a leading structural designer and deputy chairman of Arup.

He has been responsible for the structure of an array of award winning buildings over his 35 years with the firm, both in Australia and the UK. His particular skills relate to the integration of engineering and architecture to provide the best holistic solution. Tristram is one of 40 Arup Fellows and has received numerous awards acknowledging his contribution to the field. Only this year, he was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal award by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). The Award recognises Tristram's exceptional contribution to the science and structural engineering professions.

Tristram is currently working on the project to complete Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia using advanced engineering and digital design techniques. In 2026, on the centenary of Gaudi's death, the cathedral is due to be completed. The final phase, comprising 40 per cent of the church, will deliver the fantastical stonework that Gaudi envisaged but in ways he could not imagine. Advanced engineering is set to finally resolve the challenges the architect left for his followers.


15:20 - 16:10 18 September 2019