Paul Westbury


Buro Happold

Paul joined Buro Happold in 1991 after graduating from Jesus College, Cambridge with a first class degree in engineering science. 

He became the company's youngest ever principal in 2000 when he was made a partner and director at the age of 30; following his 1999 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for Innovation, recognising his work on the Millennium Dome  - the first time a construction related project had won in 30 years.  His next move was to establish and lead Buro Happold’s Design and Technology board in 2002, promoting blue sky thinking and innovation which developed a focal point within the firm for ideas development and research.

A chartered structural engineer, Paul has succeeded in many notable achievements within the practice including leading the design and delivery of some of Buro Happold’s most eye-catching and innovative building projects, including the London Olympic Stadium, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the Ascot Racecourse redevelopment, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and the Millennium Dome. Over the past ten years, he has developed a specialism in sports and entertainment buildings, and has led the teams responsible for engineering on a number of award winning projects.

Paul became Managing Director for our European business in 2008, overseeing all of the region’s offices.  Following a number of senior positions within the company, Paul was elected as Buro Happold’s Chief Executive Officer in March 2011.

Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture & Commerce. He has written and presented a number of technical papers and has lectured at Cambridge, Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In 2008 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his contribution to British engineering with a commercial benefit. He was named in The Times top 100 scientists list for 2010.  In 2012 he was awarded the Institution of Structural Engineer’s Gold Medal, their most prestigious award.
Paul is a judge for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, a new £1m biannual prize, aimed at promoting the essential contribution of the profession around the globe.
In 2013 Paul was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.