Gavin Thompson

Head of StrategicĀ Development - Buro Happold

Gavin Thompson


Gavin joined Buro Happold in 1987 and became a partner of the practice in 2000, before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2005. A post he held for two terms of three years, the maximum allowed under Buro Happold's partnership agreement. Whilst still CEO he became Chairman of the Buro Happold Board, a role which he transferred to Buro Happold's Senior Partner, Mike Cook, in 2012.

In addition to active design roles on projects Gavin currently leads practice wide strategic development and work winning.

A strong desire to explore has seen Gavin live and work in the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South East Asia and as a result he retains a key interest in developing Buro Happolds global presence and influence. During Gavin's time as CEO he lead the opening of several new Buro Happold offices worldwide, including; Copenhagen, LA, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Moscow, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Gavin is a Chartered Building Environmental Engineer, however as one would expect from someone who has grown his career within Buro Happold his interests extend right across the built environment. His design work has been focused on maximising passive building performance linked to complimentary active environmental systems. A true passion for design in its broadest sense flows through Gavin's work, coupled with a deep technical interest in macro energy planning and low carbon design. He is currently pioneering the development of rapid optioneering techniques for low emission building and community design.

Since the mid nineties Gavin has lectured at universities within and outside the UK, in particular teaching multi-disciplinary design, running architectural low carbon master classes in the US and acting as an external examiner at Northumbria University.

Gavin is currently a board member of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering.

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