Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA –Director, ARUP


Peter is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates that the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if the public and private sector adopted sustainable development principles. He is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology  and now in sustainable development in cities. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.


He joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team which has now doubled in size. He was appointed in 2002 by the Mayor of London as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission and led the planning and development sub-group of the Commission.


He is a judge for the Prince Philip Designers’ Prize , the Holcim Awards and the Earth Awards.


“We can begin to glimpse an Ecological Age way of living, in harmony with the natural world, that could enable us to live off clean renewable resources rather than dirty and wasteful non-renewable ones. The transition needs to be fast and embedded in community life but progress is very slow. The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ enables us to celebrate and spread the word about the leaders in this transition.”


He is an expert adviser to the Singapore Government on Green Buildings and Infrastructure and he is on the advisory panel for the World Future Council. In July 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at Bristol University, where he is a visiting Professor in Systems Engineering. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for a lifetime contribution to the well-being of the Nation through environmental innovation.


He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices. In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.