International Building Exhibition (IBA) in  Hamburg
Visitors walk along the so-called 'BIQ-house' on the grounds of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, Germany, 24 March 2013. About 60 pioneering projects on architecture, energy and education are presented on 35 square miles ground of the IBA until November 2013. Photo by: Bodo Marks/picture-alliance/dpa/AP ImagesPhotograph by Bodo Marks — picture-alliance/dpa/AP

    On July 9, 1970, renowned engineer Ove Arup stood before his partners in Winchester, England, and made what became known as the Key Speech: a path for the future of his practice. “We shape a better world” would be his mantra and the cornerstone of Arup, a London-based collective of 11,000 designers, planners, and engineering consultants who bend steel and concrete to their risk-taking, green-minded will. The Sydney Opera House, Beijing National Stadium, and Heathrow Terminal 5 are icons shaped by Arup’s ethos of “total architecture,” a democratic approach that unites employees from different disciplines and imbues them with a social purpose. (Arup himself died in 1988.) The firm has worked on 20 zero-net energy-efficiency projects and is responsible for the California Academy of Sciences, the largest LEED-platinum-certified public building in the world. This year the company opened the BIQ House in Hamburg, the world’s first building powered by algae. If there is a structure that marries sustainability with a sense of the impossible, chances are it is the work of Arup’s hands.

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    IndustryEngineering & Construction
    Revenues ($ millions)1,665
    Company typePrivate
    CEOGregory Hodkinson
    Impact SegmentEnvironmental Impact

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