Designer Brings Two Decades Worth of Experience to Booming Northwest Market
SEATTLE – Arup, the design and consulting firm for the built environment, announces that Brian Markham, PE, has been appointed Structural Leader for its Seattle office. Brian joined the firm in 2000 and has spent 17 years based in Arup’s New York, UK, and Abu Dhabi offices, delivering on ambitious plans for world-class clients both locally and around the world.
Joshua Yacknowitz, Arup Principal and Seattle Group Leader said, “Brian has had a standout creative career at Arup. He has been a key player on many diverse projects, from towers and opera halls to universities and museums. He will be a perfect fit for the growing Northwest market.”
“I am excited to join the talented and experienced Arup team in Seattle,” Brian said. “The Pacific Northwest offers one of the most exciting arts and development markets in the world, and I am looking forward to helping the region build on its successes.”
Over his career at Arup, Brian has articulated efficient, elegant structural designs for geometrically complex buildings throughout the world, with several of his projects garnering national and international architectural and structural awards. He has been a part of the project teams for the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore; the Abu Dhabi International Airport; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO; the Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, MT; and the Tianjin Juilliard School in Tianjin, China.
Brian received a BS in civil engineering and an MS in structural engineering from Cornell University, and has been in the industry since 1997. He started his career with the roller coaster design firm Premier Rides.
Arup’s recent work in the Northwest region includes major expansion programs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Pike Place MarketFront, the University of Washington West Campus Utility Plant, citizenM Hotels and the Washington State Convention Center, along with the Space Needle’s current renovation, focused on the preservation of the 55-year old icon. The Seattle office also branches out into more specialized engineering applications, including large-scale public artworks at the Museum of History & Industry and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Additionally, the Seattle office provides a special focus on resiliency — helping clients in the Northwest prepare for the possible effects of natural disasters, climate change, and other potentially damaging events.
Arup provides planning, engineering, design, and consulting services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. Arup opened its first US office more than 30 years ago and now employs 1,400 people in the Americas. The firm’s employee-ownership structure promotes ongoing investment in joint research to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners. Visit Arup’s website, www.arup.com, and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas,doggerel.arup.com, for more information.