The first acumen7 meeting of 2020 was hosted at AECOM’s London offices. acumen7 member and new employee at AECOM Giles Price, invited Innovation Champion Ian Small to give some background on the host company. Ian explained that his role is to help people to deliver projects in new and innovative ways. There are currently 87,000 employees at AECOM, so if someone asks Ian what AECOM does, his reply is: “Everything!”

This was followed by a presentation from Alex Hughes, Director of DfMA for HTA Design. Alex explained that at the end of last year, HTA celebrated its 50th birthday. They are currently around 200 people, so not quite the same logistical issues as AECOM. Their main service is as architects, but they have a full in-house service to complement this. This embeds them in all of the stages of the design process, from building client relationships to gathering post-project feedback. HTA mainly focuses on housing in its various forms. It’s as much to do with place making as about providing homes. They have won a lot of awards, most recently they have started picking up awards for their off-site manufacturing work.

For more information on AECOM, visit: AECOM

For more information on HTA, visit: HTA – We are housing people