Sotira Georgiou

Sotira Georgiou

Senior structural engineer, Ramboll UK

Country United Kingdom

Specialisms Structural, design

Career highlights

A day in my life

I have a lead structural role within multidisciplinary teams, designing buildings in the UK and abroad and managing the delivery of the structural design of multimillion-pound projects (£30m - £100m).

My experience involves conceptual and detailed design of new buildings (including multi-storey mixed-use, retail and offices), refurbishment of existing structures, structural surveys and seismic design.

A great deal of my job is working with the design team for my projects, normally made up of the architect, the mechanical and electrical engineer (who design the drainage, water, power, ventilation systems for a building) and any other people who give specialist input.

My career inspiration 

My parents played a major role in my career development. They always supported me from the time I was a student in school, through to university and now during my career. They’re always there for me and give me useful advice when I need it.

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I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also  ... A baker! I love baking cakes!

Sotira Georgiou

Senior structural engineer, Ramboll UK

What I love about being a civil engineer (that I didn’t know before I became one)

The wide variety of things you can do in civil engineering. You can start as a designer, move on to project management, get involved with contracts, work in the office or work on site.

The civil engineering myth I’d like to bust

Engineering is not for girls.

I’d recommend a career in civil engineering because

The best thing about my job is working as part of a team to get a building designed and built, and then going past it when it’s finished and thinking ‘I did that’.

The project, past or present, I wish I'd worked on

I would love to work on a theme park structure!

What gets me out of bed every morning?

What I love about my job is solving problems and seeing the projects I have worked on become a reality – it’s so rewarding seeing your designs on paper taking shape in real life!

My favourite projects

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre (£30m) 20,000 sqm footprint, 47m-long span trusses and portal frames

Royal Horticultural Society Gardens Welcome Building, Wisley (£18m)

Cargo Service Centre, Heathrow Terminal 4

Gower South Teaching and Learning Centre, University of Southampton (£34m)

Glen Eyre Halls of Residence Redevelopment, University of Southampton

Ten-year Structural Appraisal of stadiums: Southampton Football Club Stadium, Kassam Stadium, Oxford

Education

I graduated with First-Class in BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and a Distinction in MSc Civil Engineering, both from the University of Southampton. I’m a co-author of a paper in International Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC2013).

I want to become a civil engineer.

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