Our three Directors first met in 2008 as they began their careers, working together with many colleagues to deliver a full spectrum of wind engineering services to support flagship structures in the UK and internationally. Between them they gained substantial expertise in the world of architectural aerodynamics, using the historic wind tunnels at BMT Fluid Mechanics in London.
In 2019 Alex, Joe and Robin formed ArcAero, bringing together their substantial collective experience together to offer a lean, dynamic and flexible operation with a strong & diverse expertise to deliver excellence in wind engineering.
A graduate of Brunel University, Alex became a Wind Tunnel and Instrumentation Technician before moving quickly to specialise in two distinct areas – wind microclimate for large UK developments and wind engineering for stadia. As a Project Manager, Alex widened his technical capabilities and gained experience in tall building and bridge aerodynamics. He has acted as technical leader and project manager on many notable structures including The European Extremely Large Telescope, Wembley Masterplan, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and various venues of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alex has also supported wind engineering studies for several stadia presently being built for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup.
In 2015, Alex became the BMT’s Regional Manager for UK & Europe and more recently the EMEA region as a whole.
After working on many projects as a Wind Tunnel Operator at BMT, Joe shifted his focus to structures driven by aeroelastic effects, eventually moving into bridges and dynamic structures as a Project Manager. In this position, he was involved in a number of high-profile projects, including the Peace Bridge, Derry and the New Forth Road Bridge ‘Queensferry Crossing’.
After completing 3 years in the experimental world, Joe ‘switched teams’ to work on the class-leading CFD software STAR-CCM+ as an Application Engineer and then a Product Manager. In this position, Joe was again exposed to a wide variety of applications & technology, from nuclear reactor cooling, to automotive aeroacoustics and biological flows.
7 years later, a call to re-join Alex and Robin as Regional Manager proved too good to resist; working together again before forming ArcAero.
A fixation with Formula 1 at an early age led to Robin’s eventual degrees with a focus on aerodynamics, earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Glasgow before earning both an MSc and an Engineering Doctorate degree specialising in aerodynamics via both wind tunnel testing and CFD. Over the course of 12 years, as an Engineer and Project Manager, and ultimately as Head of Wind Engineering at BMT, Robin led the wind engineering work for hundreds of projects in the UK and internationally.
Some favourites include ‘The Scalpel’ and Manhattan Loft Gardens, both in London, the 2012 Olympic Masterplan, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the National Museum of Qatar and latterly, the Wuhan CTF Finance Center, an 84-storey supertall tower in China, due to be completed in 2022.