Chris Wise

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Chris Wise
London, England
Engineering career
DisciplineStructural engineer
InstitutionsFREng,[1] FICE, MIStructE, RDI, Hon FRIBA, FRSA
Practice nameExpedition Engineering
ProjectsAmerican Air Museum, Duxford
Millennium Bridge (London)
Infinity Bridge, Stockton on Tees
2012 Olympic Velodrome
AwardsIStructE Gold Medal
Royal Academy of Engineering[1] Silver Medal

Christopher Mark Wise (born 1956)[2] is an English academic and engineer. Wise began his career with Ove Arup and Partners in 1979. After working in UK, Australia and US, he became Arup's youngest Director in 1992, and later became one of five Board Directors responsible for Building Engineering's 500 engineers and support staff. In 1999 he left Arup and co-founded Expedition Engineering together with Seán Walsh.

In 2008 Wise, Walsh and Ed McCann, the three remaining shareholders in Expedition Engineering, gave the company over to the benefit of its employees, becoming the Useful Simple Trust.[3]

Wise was the first Professor of Creative Design at Imperial College, as well as Master of the Royal Designers for Industry 2007–2009. He is co-director of the Royal Designers Summer School and has been co-presenter at the BBC's reconstruction of several pieces of ancient technology.

Since 2012 Wise has spent two days a week at University College London (UCL) as Professor of Civil Engineering Design.

Wise has been a Member of IStructE since the 1980s and was awarded their Gold Medal in 2012. He is a Fellow[1] of the Royal Academy of Engineering,[1][4] and was awarded the academy's highest individual honour, the silver medal, in 2007. Since 2003 he has been a Trustee of the Design Council. In 2008, he became a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers by presidential invitation.

"One of the most outstanding engineers of his generation. Projects such as the Torre del Collaerola, the War Museum in Duxford and the headquarters of the Commerzbank in Frankfurt exemplify his design flair. His enthusiasm and creativity inspire his colleagues and students. He is one of those rare role models which the profession desperately needs."[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "List of Fellows".
  2. ^ "Prof Chris Wise, RDI". Debrett's. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ ""Trailblazing Engineer", Ingenia 56, September 2013". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Civil Engineers honoured with Fellowship from the academy". Imperial College London. Retrieved 26 April 2011.

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