Peter Laidler BEng CEng MICE Director Peter founded Structure Workshop in 2004 and has more than 25 years’ experience in the design of building structures.
During this time, he has worked with many award-winning Architects and internationally recognised artists, realising a series of innovative design-led projects.

Peter’s interest is focussed on the contribution that engineering can make to culture and community. He leads a team of engineers with an engaged, and technically creative approach to design, and a commitment to deliver low carbon solutions.

Recent projects that Peter has led include The Fratry at Carlisle Cathedral which received a RIBA National Award in 2022, and Homerton College Dining Hall in Cambridge which won overall Gold at The Wood Awards in 2022.
Max Clayton MEng CEng MIStructE Associate Max leads his own design team within the practice, with a focus on technical innovation, geometry and low carbon design.
His recent retrofit project Yorkton Workshops won Architect’s Journal Retrofit of the Year Award 2021 and he was shortlisted for the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award 2021.

More recently he has led the design of a life size scale cast bronze replica of the famous ‘Dippy’ for permanent display outside the Natural History Museum.

His work at Hughes Hall College Cambridge pioneers the use of timber and structural stone applied to mid-rise student accommodation.

MEng RIBA Part I Structural Engineering and Architecture 2015 University of Sheffield
Sophie Frith MEng CEng MIStructE Associate Sophie leads her own design team within the practice and is currently working on several projects that reflect her technical design skills and interest in sustainable design and construction.

Recent projects include a new landmark dining hall project for Homerton College at Cambridge University and a visitor centre for the National Trust at Winkworth Arboretum.

She has also been instrumental in the development of our in-house tools to calculate the embodied carbon in structures.

MEng Civil and Structural Engineering (First Class Honours) 2014 Newcastle University
Alastair Barnard MEng Senior Engineer Alastair has significant design experience on a wide range of building types and large scale public art projects.
Alastair has expertise in designing for structural efficiency including timber design and low carbon foundation techniques.

He has a strong interest in parametric modelling and detailed structural analysis, employing these skills on numerous large-scale public artworks in the UK and abroad.

Recent notable projects include the structural design of the recent Tate Modern Turbine Hall installations by Cecilia Vicuna and El Anatsui, and a low carbon Maggie’s Centre.

MEng Civil Engineering (First Class Honours) 2016 University of Bath
Daniel Dowek MA MEng CEng MIStructE Associate Director Daniel joined Structure Workshop in 2021 after three years in Vancouver with Equilibrium Consulting, a firm known for their innovation in the field of timber engineering. There he gained exposure to North America’s progressive approach to building with timber at a large scale and the advantages of prefabrication, having designed the tallest all wood building in Washington DC.

Previously Daniel spent seven years at Price & Myers in London, working on a number of high profile and award-winning projects. There he developed a particular interest in conservation, a highlight being lead project engineer for the design and construction of a new tower at Westminster Abbey, which was the first major architectural intervention at the Abbey since the time of Christopher Wren and Nicolas Hawksmoor.

In 2018 Daniel’s career was commended by the Institution of Structural Engineers, who named him winner of their Young Professional Award. Since then he has enjoyed engaging with the wider engineering community in Canada and the UK, including judging awards for the IStructE each year.

MA MEng Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering 2011 University of Cambridge
Aliya Hossain MEng Project Engineer Aliya joined Structure Workshop in March 2023, after gaining four years of post-graduation experience in civil engineering.

Aliya’s building experience covers an interesting variety of public and private projects, on both new-build structures and historic buildings and she is currently working on the design of significant works to the The Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London.

Aliya has a strong commitment to sustainable design practice to meet the challenges of the current climate crisis and currently manages the development of Structure Workshop’s in house Carbon Calculator.

MEng Civil Engineering 2018 Heriot-Watt University
Niall Flanagan MEng Project Engineer Niall joined Structure Workshop in 2023 and has significant experience in the design and construction of large scale mixed use reinforced concrete structures and basements.

Since joining Structure Workshop, Niall has worked on a variety of new build and retrofit buildings and large-scale artworks, expanding his technical design skills in timber, steel and masonry structures.

Recently he has been working on a project that maximises the reuse of structural steel members in the design of a new recording studio in Peckham, London.

Niall is passionate about tackling the climate crisis through sustainable design, and is responsible for co-ordinating the practice’s low-carbon strategy.

MEng General Engineering, Civil Engineering Stream 2019 Durham University
Polly Natynczuk MEng Project Engineer Polly joined Structure Workshop in July 2023, having previously worked for Civic Engineers where she was an active member of the computational design and sustainability working groups.

Her experience ranges from the retrofit of historic buildings to the design of new build steel framed commercial buildings and RC residential schemes.

She is currently working a new Children’s Gallery at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London, and a group of buildings for Hughes Hall College at Cambridge University, both using structural timber.

MEng Structural Engineering and Architecture 2019 University of Sheffield
Donna Hay Studio Manager Donna joined Structure Workshop in Nov 2017, after an exciting and challenging career in the events and catering sector.

She runs the studio with care, striving to look after the wellbeing of the team and ensuring the work place is a positive, welcoming environment.

She is responsible for HR, Finance, Health and Safety and the day to day running of the practice, and has been instrumental in helping us to gain and maintain our ISO 9001 accreditation.
Endrit Badallaj Technician Endrit joined Structure workshop in 2023 as our in-house Revit Technician.
Having worked in the industry for 9 years as a Technician for global consultancies, he has a breadth of experience in software integration and BIM standards, working on residential, industrial, educational and commercial projects.

During this time he grasped a firm understanding of a project’s lifecycle and working at varying levels of technical detail.

Endrit is currently studying for a Civil engineering degree, and has aspirations to transition into design, once his degree is completed.
Gavin Pillinger MEng Senior Engineer Gavin joined Structure Workshop in 2023 having previously worked as a Structural Engineer in Sheffield, London and Melbourne.
His experience includes managing the design of complex mixed-use schemes with retained Victorian facades, high-rise commercial and residential complexes, and highway bridge designs.

He graduated in Structural Engineering and Architecture from Sheffield University in 2015 and was a finalist at the Institution of Civil Engineers Graduate of the Year Award.

Gavin is passionate about architecturally elegant structures with a clear focus on sustainability. He is involved in several exciting projects including the renovation of Hornsby House School.

MEng RIBA Part I Structural Engineering and Architecture 2015 University of Sheffield
Maisie Bourne MEng Graduate Engineer Maisie joined Structure Workshop in October 2023 as a graduate from The University of Sheffield.

In addition to gaining broader design experience, she is particularly interested in timber design and sustainability, having written her research dissertation on utilising CNC manufactured Japanese joinery in timber construction.

Maisie's passion lies in designing structures that are both elegant and efficient, and her background as a hobbyist woodworker has further developed her appreciation for combining form and function. She is currently working on a range of projects with a focus on low carbon design, including a series of timber tree houses in Norfolk.

MEng RIBA Part I Structural Engineering and Architecture 2023 Sheffield University