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Dr

Rob Baldock

Senior Associate

Rob graduated from Cambridge University in 2003 with first-class B.A. and MEng degrees focused on structural and mechanical engineering. In collaboration with Arup, he completed his PhD in 2007, investigating the application of structural optimisation to building design.

Rob then worked in Arup’s London Buildings Group for more than 6 years on diverse local and international projects in various sectors. These included long-span and transfer structures, deep basements, and tensile fabric roofs. Rob also has practical site experience, working on secondment to the contractor at Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and as resident engineer on a school construction in the Indian Himalayas.

Rob is very experienced in structural glass design, having spent over 6 years at Eckersley O’Callaghan, where he was involved with iconic and pioneering projects associated with façade systems. He has managed the design of glazing systems on a number of international flagship Apple stores, including the hemispherical Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore, and has lead collaborations with major glazing contractors. He was also the lead engineer for a pair of complex pedestrian bridge structures, linking office buildings over a public highway.

Rob joined Hawkins’ Built Environment Team in early 2022 with 14 years of building design experience working as a structural engineer for leading international consultancies and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is a Senior Associate in our London Office.

Qualifications

MA, MEng Engineering Science, Cambridge University
PhD Structural Topology Optimisation, Cambridge University
CEng Chartered Engineer
MIStructE Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers
Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Civil Certificate (2022)

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Finite movement under load or changing environmental conditions is an inescapable phenomenon in any structure, due to its finite stiffness. The design team must ensure that the movement of the system has no unforeseen consequences in terms of structural and aesthetic performance over the design life. As well as the “wished in place” design, they must consider construction practicalities and operations and maintenance.

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