BDP has hired two high-profile directors to deliver on its business growth strategy for FY2023-2024.
Lisa Rapson joins the multidisciplinary design practice as Civil Engineering Director, leading the profession from the London studio. Lisa will deliver a new approach, enhancing and building on the natural opportunities presented by BDP’s association with Nippon Koei and its own urbanism team. Her direction and experience will be vital in finding the synergies between civil engineering, urban design, and city-scale master planning on global projects.
Lisa joins BDP from Robert Bird Group, where she grew the civil engineering team from eight people to more than 30 engineers. She has more than 25 years’ experience specialising in the provision of civil engineering and project management services for multi-disciplinary, multi-phased mixed-use regeneration developments and highways and infrastructure projects including at Battersea Park, Canada Water and Diyaar Al Muharraq in Bahrain.
Golnaz Ighany has also joined BDP as Architect-Sustainability Director. She is responsible for coordinating and driving design processes to deliver highly sustainable and regenerative architecture projects across the global practice. She plays a key role in accelerating the goal of achieving Whole Life Net Zero Carbon in all sectors. Her experience will help BDP to create thriving environments that enhance the overall health and wellbeing of ecosystems, communities, and individuals, rather than simply minimising the impact of its designs.
In her previous role at Stanton Williams, she led the studio’s sustainability and environmental design strategies; helping the practice to become one of the first architecture firms in the world to set Science Based Targets. Prior to that, she spent eight years at Foster + Partners, where she worked on award-winning, high-profile international projects, including the Bloomberg Headquarter in London and Apple Campus in Cupertino (California).
She is also a published academic author, international guest speaker and visiting lecturer. She taught design and construction courses at the University of Palermo in Italy and was a member of IBPSA-USA Research and Emerging Simulation Technology Committees.
Lucy Townsend, Head of Sustainability at BDP, said: With these hires, we are committing to a successful future, underpinned by a strategy that encourages BDP’s disciplines to intersect, driving a better understanding of the ambitions of our clients and of the global trends in the built environment. Having more, cross discipline, sustainability-focused, female leaders within the organisation means we are ready to succeed and drive positive change in the industry. It is fantastic to have them on board.”
Nick Fairham, Chief Executive at BDP, added: “Lisa and Golnaz both display the pioneering spirit of BDP that is at the forefront of our practice. Their experience will help us to create better understanding of our key professions and to make space for innovation which informs creative responses to the challenges of the modern world. We are delighted to welcome them into our collective.”