Tall buildings design director Dr Andy Davids

Engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon has announced it is adding focus to design-based solutions with the appointment of eight design directors, in a move the company said would provide a competitive advantage.

“In recent years in our industry, the power of design has been subsumed by too much focus on conventional systems and narrowly-defined functional elements, rather than exploring holistic options and incubating innovation to create unique design solutions,” Aurecon global director, excellence & expertise Dr Kourosh Kayvani said.

“Design is more than having an understanding of technical specifications and applying these to deliver new infrastructure.

“Great design is about coming to a challenge without preconceived ideas or rigid sets of rules. It is about imagining what can be and then creating solutions to deliver great outcomes for clients and stakeholders.”

Dr Kayvani said increasing complexity and volatility called for innovative design to underpin engineering.

“Aurecon’s design directors are leading practitioners, representing the pinnacle of technical mastery within our company,” he said.

“As design directors, these experts will focus on problem finding and problem solving for our clients and will explore the essence of great design, just as the best design engineers did in the past.”

The appointments are Dr Harry Asche, design director – tunnels; John Hilton, design director – bridges; John Leech, design director – industrial machines; Paul Stephenson, design director – manufacturing; Dr Verno Jonker, design director – water resources; Stephen Logan, design director – building mechanical & electrical; Dr Andy Davids, design director – tall buildings; and Julian Briggs, design director – water & wastewater treatment.