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ROB MCGOWAN 

Director | Senior Structural Engineer

Rob is a Chartered Engineer with 18 years of structural design experience gained in Ireland, England and Australia. During this time, he has acquired his engineering skills at some of Sydney’s most noted engineering practices such as TTW, Partridge & Robert Bird Group. He has worked with a variety of internationally acclaimed architects including Foster+Partners, Tzannes, Bates Smart, Koichi Takada, Architectus, Nobbs Radford, Collins & Turner and Group GSA.

Rob has strong delivery and problem solving skills demonstrated through providing innovative design solutions for projects ranging in value from $300k to $40m for clients in a wide range of sectors including commercial, retail, leisure, residential, institutional, HV power, art and entertainment. Above all, he is a passionate and personable engineer with a strong focus on
service and successful project delivery.

BACHELOR OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Dublin Institute of Technology | 1998 - 2001

CERTIFICATE OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

Dublin Institute of Technology | 1996 - 1998

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JAMES RUTHERFORD

Director | Senior Project Manager | CAD Manager

James recently joined the STRUCTURE team to lead the CAD/BIM department. James has extensive experience with Autocad and Revit and has worked on a wide variety of complex commercial, residential and landscape architecture projects delivering high quality documentation. During the past 12 years James has been honing his skills at Partridge - one of Sydney’s most noted engineering practices. As the Drafting Manager he has implemented all drafting standards and oversees the drafting team. He is an excellent designer and is familiar with all facets of the built environment from concrete and steel to masonry and timber. James's attention to detail has allowed him to excel in his field and earn the respect of his peers.

James is an environmentally conscious and creative designer who has provided innovative design solutions for numerous projects in a wide range of sectors including high end residential, commercial, retail, institutional, solar, leisure and landscape architecture.

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MIKE LIPMAN

Senior Project Manager

Mike is a Senior Project Manager and founding member of STRUCTURE. With more than 50 years’ experience working in consulting practices in Europe, South Africa and Australia, Mike has been responsible for a number of significant projects across a wide range of sectors including multi-residential, high-end housing, institutional and industrial. Prior to the formation of STRUCTURE, Mike excelled at a number of leading structural engineering firms across Sydney including Gary Truswell & Associates, Browns and Partridge.

Mike is an exceptionally pragmatic and practical designer. His engineering solutions have a strong focus on buildability and ease of construction garnered from many long-standing relationships with builders. Mike plays a key role in ensuring our documentation is delivered to a high standard through rigorous quality assurance reviews.

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VESNA SPASOVSKI

Senior Project Manager | Senior Structural Engineer

Vesna has nearly 30 years of experience as a structural engineer in Macedonia, Germany and Australia. Her experience incorporates structural analysis, design, project management and site supervision of buildings of various size and nature, from small house additions to multi million residential, institutional and commercial buildings.

Prior to joining STRUCTURE, Vesna worked for several leading structural engineering firms in Sydney including Birzulis Associates and Partridge. Vesna has collaborated with a wide range of architects and other professionals in the building industry.

She particularly enjoys working on architecturally complex residential structures and unusual projects.  She often works closely with builders, architects and artists to add beauty to structural elements by exposing and integrating the structure into the architectural intent of the building.