Introducing Michael Small – Our New Urban Infrastructure Expert
We are delighted to announce that Michael Small has joined Civic Engineers as our newest Senior Engineer in the London Studio.
Michael brings a wealth of experience in both the practical and research side to urban design having worked previously at other practices around the globe such as WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in Exeter, Quinn Design Associates in Toronto, Canada and most recently at CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) where he worked for over two years as a Research Project Manager. We had a chat with Michael to find out more about his role.
Michael, it’s great to have you on the team! Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m Michael from County Derry, Northern Ireland and I’ve been living in London for over two years now. Outside of work I like the usual things of keeping fit, exploring what London has to offer and travelling abroad whenever I get the chance.
What did your previous role involve before joining us at Civic Engineers?
At CIRIA I worked in the environment and water team, with a focus on the emerging topic areas of biodiversity, green infrastructure and water sensitive urban design. My role involved recognising knowledge gaps in the industry, developing new approaches and delivering best practice guidance.
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on?
The project that has given me most satisfaction to date was the Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto, Canada. As North America’s first fully digital hospital, the design brief involved creating a landscape solution that unified the site. This included street tree planting, a linear park and public community space. Designing for medicinal purposes was great motivation to ensure patients could interact with their surroundings, helping speed the healing process.
What are you passionate about as an engineer?
I am passionate about creating attractive yet multi-functional places and spaces within our towns and cities. Ensuring our neighbourhoods and streets are healthy and resilient to the threat of climate change are key components of my design approach. Being in a position to have a positive impact on our local surroundings is what first attracted me to a career in engineering. The challenge of creating better places and spaces for both people and nature is something that motivates me greatly and is what I hope to build my career around.
What are you looking forward to in your new role at Civic Engineers?
I’m really excited about getting involved in the urban infrastructure and placemaking projects at Civic Engineers. At this point in my career, I am keen to put my existing knowledge into practice whilst also continuing to learn and develop new skills on a regular basis.
What do you hope to bring to Civic?
I hope to add another layer of knowledge to what is a vibrant and dynamic team here at Civic Engineers. The fusion between delivering engineering functionality and providing ecological enhancement will ensure Civic Engineers remain as an industry leader in this sector.