Faith Wainwright

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Faith Wainwright
Born (1962-05-25) 25 May 1962 (age 60)
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
OccupationStructural Engineer
Known forPresident of the Institution of Structural Engineers 2018
Civil Engineer

Faith Helen Wainwright MBE FREng FICE FIStructE (born 1962)[1] is a British structural engineer, and a director of Arup Group. She has led in the structural design of multiple landmark buildings including the American Air Museum and the Tate Modern and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath.[2] Wainwright is the 2018 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers[3][4] and sits on the Editorial Board of Ingenia (the educational magazine of the Royal Academy of Engineering).[5]


Wainwright attended Queen Anne's School[1] and was one of the first female graduates of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where she earned a degree in engineering in 1983.[2]


Wainwright joined Arup after her graduation. At Arup she has contributed to The Shard, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters, Tate Modern, Velodrom (Berlin), Lycée Albert Camus (in Frejus, France) and has worked alongside architects such as Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, and Ken Shuttleworth.[2]

Wainwright has been instrumental in transforming the structural engineering community, including influencing the "Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety"[6] and has served as the first-ever woman on the Joint Board of Moderators [7] (the professional body which regulates accreditation of university degree programmes in Civil engineering).[2]

In 2014 Wainwright sat on the Research Excellence Framework sub-panel 14 (Civil and Construction Engineering)[8] to assess the quality of University-based academic research in the UK.

Recognizing the importance of education and structural engineering, Wainwright established Arup University.[9]


In 2003, Wainwright was in the Arup team who won the International Information Industry Award recognizing their "innovation in knowledge management".[10]

She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2003,[1] an MBE in 2012 for services to the built environment and engineering professions[11][12] and an Honorary DEng from Bath University in 2014.[1]

In 2015 Wainwright was elected an honorary fellow of St Edmund Hall.[1][13]

She gave her inaugural address as President of the Institution of Structural Engineers on Thursday 11 January 2018.[3][14]

Personal life[edit]

Wainwright lives in Northwood, London.[13]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Faith Wainwright MBE: oration". Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Faith Wainwright appointed 2018 President of The Institution of Structural Engineers". 4 December 2017. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Faith Wainwright appointed 2018 President of The Institution of Structural Engineers | netMAGmedia Ltd". 6 December 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Faith Wainwright". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Structural Safety :: Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Joint Board of Moderators". Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Ref Sub-panel 14 Minutes" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Arup | Thoughts | Faith Wainwright". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Arup Wins International Information Industry Award -". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Academy Fellows honoured". 3 January 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Engineers recognised in New Years Honours". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Home | St Edmund Hall". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  14. ^ The Institution of Structural Engineers (12 January 2018), Faith Wainwright's President Inaugural Address 2018, retrieved 7 March 2018