The League’s First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.
This season’s events feature practices navigating the legacies and possibilities of American infrastructure, from ecological systems and transit hubs to community facilities and social networks.
Buro Happold is a practice of engineers and consultants with a global network of 2,200 staff members across over 30 offices. Founded in 1976 in the United Kingdom, the practice opened its first U.S. office in New York City in 1998.
Buro Happold’s work spans many sectors, including air and rail; commercial; culture and education; healthcare; science and technology; sports and entertainment; and urban development. In its own words, the practice offers a “multidisciplinary, technically integrated approach to engineering design, consultancy, and advisory services.”
Completed projects include:
- Reimagine the Canals, a strategic vision for the future of the New York canal system that emphasizes ecological restoration, climate resilience, and economic regeneration
- Jewel Changi Airport, a mixed-use complex in Singapore that integrates luxury shopping, hotel, and dining facilities within a global air travel hub
- Providence River Pedestrian Bridge, a pedestrian bridge in downtown Providence that takes the place of a rerouted highway.
Current and upcoming projects include:
- Terminal Modernization Program at Pittsburgh International Airport, the engineering and energy modeling for a new 51-gate terminal in Pittsburgh
- Michigan Central Station, the transformation of a historic train station into a new mobility hub for the Ford Motor Company, along with a mix of community space, retail space, and residential housing
- University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann Hall, a 6-story academic building with classrooms, collaboration spaces, research centers, and laboratories.