Eva MacNamara



Afternoon Session

15.50:Innovation in the Climate Crisis”

Eva MacNamara

Eva has over 15 years’ experience as a structural and civil engineer, and innovation consultant. Her career has led her to work on a diverse range of projects from bridges, to buildings and art works. She is technical, creative, innovative, and architecturally and sustainability minded.

She has worked on cutting-edge projects from inception to completion. Her portfolio of projects include the AJ Architecture award-winning Chiswick Park footbridge, AVA footbridge for Network Rail, the LEED platinum Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Skip Garden, and innovation work for HS2.
Sustainable, regenerative and low-carbon solutions for clients are high on Eva’s agenda. As low-carbon structures lead at Expedition and a member of the UKGBC Circular Economy WLC group, she is keen to move towards net zero and a design-driven circular economy.


With the construction industry responsible for a significant proportion of global carbon emissions, rapid innovation and change in approach is needed. This talk will explore the collaborative multidisciplinary design process needed for successful innovation outcomes. Through a number of case studies, it will explore the successes and challenges of an innovative approach, navigating good design, procurement, risk and value engineering. It will discuss the importance of an informed client, good briefing and of challenging each other to rapidly change the perception of ‘value’ in our work to turn a carbon heavy industry into a sustainable future.

Case studies will include the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Foundation in Athens, and Expedition & UCL’s R&D Adaptive Truss project.