Max Fordham formed his pioneering practice 50 years ago this year, and to celebrate his achievements The Engineering Club will be conducting a conversation with him, informed by the successes of the past 50 years but looking ahead to some of the challenges engineers face in the future. Nearly 25 years ago Max gave a talk to the Engineering Club about his formative years as an engineers and the projects which gave the practice its reputation for creative engineering. The aim of this talk is to look forward to the next 50 years and to examine some of the challenges for a new generation of engineers.
Max has always been an outspoken proponent of engineering solutions to tackle climate change. However it is a deep understanding of the physical universe coupled with a practical sense of the possible which informs his thinking about the future. He also has challenging views on what makes an engineer and engineering culture. Expect the conversation to range freely over topics from the second law of thermodynamics, through the metabolism of buildings to the science fiction of Jules Verne.
This will be an open conversation with questions and participation invited from the audience. It will be led by sustainability consultant Julie Godefroy, a chartered engineer with a PhD in low-carbon buildings and has a wide experience in projects from masterplanning to post-occupancy evaluation.