What we have done

Large projects

button_edinburghChair of Fire Engineering University of Edinburgh

The Ove Arup Foundation together with the Royal Academy of Engineering sponsored the appointment of Dr Luke Bisby as Reader and Arup/RAEng Senior Research Fellow in Structures and Fire at the University of Edinburgh, centred in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. The aims of this appointment were to:

  • establish a new concept for building safety which is fully integrated into the design process
  • develop a research and education programme that will help transfer this concept into practice
  • generate and educate a core of leaders in the field that will ensure that the outcomes become a fundamental component of knowledge in the built environment.

The department started by concentrating its work on the fire performance of a range of materials and structures. The work on the technical aspects of fire engineering then prompted the department to expand its vision to the sociological nature of fire safety. The programme was expanded to include further research to create a holistic view of fire engineering in terms of safety and economy.

button_raengVisiting Professors programme with the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Ove Arup Foundation in association with The Royal Academy of Engineering provided grants towards a programme of Visiting Teaching Fellows in Engineering Design. The programme was focussed on enriching the teaching curriculum in all aspects of design by placing engineers in universities who are still very much hands-on practitioners and can relate and apply teaching material to the operational issues and real-life problems that graduate engineers may face when they first enter industry.

Apart from teaching, Visiting Teaching Fellows were also involved in supervising project work and mentoring students. They were also expected to deliver two careers’ focused presentations during the course of their appointment. Each appointment was for a period of two years.

round button masterUniversity of Cape Town Trust (UCT)

The programme, run by the UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, leads to an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure: Design and Management. Its strong interdisciplinary focus belies the Faculty’s opinion that urban problems can only be addressed through an integration of approaches from specific disciplinary backgrounds.

A Fellowship programme funded by The Ove Arup Foundation enables the course to use some of the world’s best academics and practitioners in this area, and it draws on staff from engineering, architecture, planning, environmental sciences, geography, the social sciences and management. Course activities include both formal lectures and problem-based learning, through projects and cases.

button_LSELondon School of Economics – Cities Programme

The Ove Arup Foundation, along with the Barings Foundation, helped the London School of Economics (LSE) establish the Cities Programme with a Master’s degree in City Design and Social Science. The main objective of the programme is to link the urban social sciences with the design of cities’ built environment and infrastructure.

By cutting across departmental and disciplinary boundaries, the Cities Programme is able to draw on the LSE’s internationally renowned expertise in urban governance and policy, as well as its standing as an international centre of excellence in the social sciences.

Located in the Department of Sociology, the programme offers post-graduate academic courses, hosts public events and engages in research and consultancy. Graduates will find career opportunities within a wide range of urban design, planning and development agencies and consultancies.

button_WhatFutureWhat Future

The ‘What Future’ project focused on the future of urban living and the “built environment”. It included a debate featuring high profile names from the world of architecture and building planning.

Small projects

Anglo-Danish Societybutton_angdan

The Ove Arup Foundation supports the Anglo-Danish Society Scholarship Scheme. Application for an award is open to Danish students studying in the UK or British students studying in Denmark for a project relating to a Masters or PhD in the built environment. More >

Prize in Fire Engineering (Edinburgh University)button_edinburgh

The Ove Arup Foundation awards a prize to an outstanding student studying on the MSc for Fire Safety Engineering at Edinburgh University.

button_LETMSc in Lighting Education UCL

The Ove Arup Foundation awarded a grant to assist the setting up of a Masters Course at UCL in Lighting. More >

Vassall Centre Trustbutton_vassall

The Ove Arup Foundation awarded a grant to enable the Vassall Trust to mount seminars for those wanting to learn about “barrier-free” environments for the disabled.

University of Queenslandbutton_uniQ

The Ove Arup Foundation is funding three Lectures at the University of Queensland with distinguished speakers who are the centre piece of three-day colloquia designed to inform and engage key stakeholders. The second lecture took place in November 2015 entitled ‘The Architect and Engineering Technology’, focusing on the complexity of the relationship between architects and the quickening evolution of engineering technology.

New Professionals for the Built Environmentbutton_raeng

In 2013 the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded four Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design to the Universities of Heriot Watt, Loughborough, Sheffield, and University College London. These four Centres agreed to create a significant number of multidisciplinary built environment professionals by 2030 to help achieve the UK’s Climate Change Act (2008) targets. The Ove Arup Foundation funded a high-profile conference held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in November 2015 in order to highlight the shortage of skills in this area.

button_outreachClimate Outreach Information Network

In 2006 the Ove Arup Foundation agreed to grant £6,000 to the Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN). The grant helped to fund development of a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive information and advice to owner-occupiers wishing to renovate their homes to the highest possible energy standards. More >


From 2002 to 2005, the Ove Arup Foundation supported the ‘Culture Castles’ initiative developed by the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT). Culture Castles participants explored the built environment through creative technologies, investigating change in the urban fabric. More >


The Ove Arup Foundation supported the Invention & Discovery Roadshow — an initiative of Swansea-based educational charity XLWales to enthuse children and adults in primary schools and community groups in Wales about science, mathematics, design and technology. More >

Architecture Centre Network

For three years running, The Ove Arup Foundation part-funded a series of training workshops aimed at keeping education officers within the Architecture Centre Network (ACN) up-to-date with teaching practices. More >