11 September 2013 — Tall buildings expert Andrew Davids has joined Aurecon as tall buildings leader and technical director, buildings.
Mr Davids will play a key role in collaborating with Aurecon’s market leading building structures and services teams to support clients globally.
He joins Aurecon from Hyder, where he was the director of structures for Middle East, and based in Dubai for the past eight years.
Mr Davids is one of only a handful of internationally renowned experts who designs super tall buildings. He held complete design responsibility for the Burj Khalifa, which is currently the tallest building in the world, as well as the 838 metre J220 Sky City, which will be the tallest building in China.
Other completed projects for which he was responsible include the 355 metre tall Emirates Towers in Dubai, the 80-level Sun Sky Towers in Abu Dhabi, and the recently completed 40-storey Central Bank of Kuwait.
Projects under construction include the 80-level CMA HQ Tower in Riyadh, the 80-level D1 Project on Dubai Creek, and The Metropol in Istanbul which will be the tallest building in Europe when completed.
Mr Davids said while there seemed to be growing appetite for impressive tall structures globally, the ongoing challenge was to design architecturally challenging structures that were cost effective and sustainable.