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Steve Daniels

Steve Daniels, Aurecon

Steve Daniels is Aurecon’s Global Façades Leader.

Steve has an extensive track record in façade management and consulting. Over the course of 25 years, Steve has developed outstanding working knowledge of façades and their behaviour in a wide range of conditions around the world. His current consulting role is underpinned by detailed, hands-on experience of the various project phases:

  • design and evaluation
  • testing
  • manufacture
  • installation
  • quality management

He has worked on some of the worlds’ great façades including Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Swiss Re and City Hall in London and Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

What drives you?

Doing interesting work that is valued by clients.

Proudest moment in your career?

Standing at the very pinnacle of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur reflecting on what we were able to achieve over the course of four years. The highly intricate steel and glass façade was designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art.

What is a good day for you?

A good day is when I have solved a major and difficult problem for a client and taught my team something new and interesting.

An essential key to innovative thinking? And why?

Using the collective brain power of the incredibly smart people with whom I work. If you can come up with a good solution on your own, you can generate a great solution together.

The most important lesson you learnt early in your career?

Surround yourself with good people and learn from them.

I have been lucky enough to work with some incredible professionals and have benefitted from their experience and willingness to mentor. Now a leader myself, I consider it an obligation and an honour to pass this experience on to others.

Where do you see façade management and consulting in the next five years?

Façade consultancy is in the process of a much-needed change. Building information modelling (BIM) technology has been slow to penetrate the façade industry, but an increasing number of façade specialists are harnessing this technology and I believe it will offer worthwhile opportunities for us to become more efficient, useful and beneficial to our clients.

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