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Aurecon’s Dr Kourosh Kayvani gains prestigious industry recognition

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Dr Kourosh Kayvani, Aurecon Global Director of Excellence and Expertise

24 November 2016 -  Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon is proud to announce that its Global Director of Excellence and Expertise, Dr Kourosh Kayvani, has won the John Connell Gold Medal Award from Engineers Australia - Structural College Awards.

The steep eligibility criteria included that the recipient must have “made a significant contribution nationally and internationally to the standing and prestige of the structural engineering profession”. In answer to this, Kourosh’s entry stated that “…through the relentless pursuit of innovation and a hunger to supersede engineering limits, he has for nearly three decades spent almost every waking hour ensuring he leaves an indelible mark on our chapter in structural engineering history. This contribution to the prestige of the structural engineering profession has been achieved through both his technical as well as leadership accomplishments which, when combined, have seen him play the role of custodian of his profession.”

With a career spanning over 25 years, Kourosh has played key roles in the design and delivery of many innovative, complex and award winning projects across the globe, including Wembley Stadium in London UK, West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong, and in Australia; ANSTO OPAL nuclear reactor, the Sydney Hockey Stadium, Brookfield Place, 5 Martin Place, Liberty Place and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Just some of the comments in support of Kourosh’s submission included that “Kourosh is a leader amongst his engineering peers. His projects bear the unique fingerprint of what is, in many cases, world first innovation. He has succeeded in rewriting our chapter in structural engineering history,” and “Kourosh works tirelessly to ensure every team he collaborates with, strives to challenge the boundaries of technical excellence. He is known for achieving outstanding outcomes which some would consider to have been impossible!”

In addition to pushing the boundaries of technical excellence, he also plays an ongoing leadership and mentorship role amongst local and international engineers, having learnt firsthand the value of mentorship in earlier phases of his career from his own mentors, including renowned Australian structural engineers like Professor Max Irvine, Dr Eric Smith, Owen Martin and Branco Gorenc.

Kourosh is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Laureate of the IABSE Prize awarded by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering for his work on long-span structures worldwide. He has also been listed in Engineers Australia’s Top 100 most influential engineers in 2009. Kourosh is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW, an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, a Director of the Australian Steel Institute, and the President of the Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia. He has also served as a member of Australian Standards committees for Concrete Structures and Winds Loads, keynote speaker at a number of national and international conferences, and invited speaker on tall buildings and long-span structures at the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria, South Africa. In addition, Kourosh is the founding Head of the Aurecon Design Academy.

As part of Aurecon’s global leadership team, Kourosh leads Aurecon’s eminence programme which seek to ensure we develop master designers and eminent practitioners who can develop a deep understanding of our client’s complex problems and tailor outstanding solutions for them, and in doing so meet their needs and aspirations, not just in the short or medium term, but also in the long term.

A visionary. A leader. A person never satisfied with the ordinary. Kourosh’s story is one that has inspired thousands, and his technical and leadership contribution continues to do so. Aurecon CEO, Giam Swiegers, in a letter announcing the award to staff, concluded that: “Any of us who have the good fortune of working with him or having experienced one of his recent workshops will all understand how the judges reached their decision.”

(Dr. John Connell, after which the above award was named, was a founder of one of Aurecon’s heritage businesses, John Connell & Associates. President of Engineers Australia’s Victoria Division, John McIntosh, said of John that he was “…a leader who held an extraordinary vision into the future and the very rare capacity to bring that future to pass.”)

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