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Chris Lumsden
Associate - DD: 028 9592 4625
MEng CEng MIStructE

Chris has 15 years experience in the construction industry and is an Associate at Design ID. His experience in structural engineering design stretches across multiple sectors, with particular interest in Education, Bespoke Residential, Leisure and Community projects for both public and private clients. His work on Banbridge SRC and the re-development of the former Maysfield Leisure Cente, Belfast as the HQ for Concentrix Europe received IStructE regional project awards.

Chris initially worked with WDR&RT Taggart and Taylor & Boyd before joining Design ID in 2011. He has built on his early experience and developed a detailed understanding of construction techniques in a range of materials including steelwork, concrete and timber.

Chris has a keen interest in 3D modelling and visualisation in order to develop designs and convey ideas to contractors and members of the design team. He is keen to promote this within Design ID through sketching and the use of 3D modelling software. Chris has a particular interest in the use of Sustainable materials in construction and has completed the design of several timber frame and SIPS building structures. Chris was promoted to Associate in 2018 and has since led the technical structural engineering design on a wide range of projects. His pragmatic approach to design and solving problems has enabled him to successfully navigate a number of high profile projects within the company portfolio, and while doing so maintaining good relationships with clients, contractors and fellow design team members.

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Chris Lumsden

Associate - DD: 028 9592 4625

Laura Killeen
Associate - DD: 028 9592 4620
MEng CEng MIStuctE

Laura studied Structural Engineering with Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast. Graduating in 2007 with a Masters degree. Laura has fifteen years post graduate experience in structural engineering design- the majority of the first ten years of her career was spent at WDR & RT Taggart in Belfast and latterly joined Design ID in early 2017. Laura has been Project Engineer on a wide range of projects and is particularly interested in the Building Structures sector. Laura gained Chartership with the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2014.

Laura has a keen interest in BIM, and was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Supervisor, working with Queen's University on a Building Information Modelling (BIM) in relation to Structural Engineering project. The partnership worked to achieve effective interoperability of structural engineering BIM software with structural analysis software and with other Integrated Design Team software, to produce a seamless and efficient interaction process. The project received the highest grade, the Certificate of Excellence. Laura has been putting the knowledge gained from this partnership into practice, creating BIM models for all her projects and collaborating with other disciplines involved.

Laura is an active member of the Northern Ireland Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers, now in her 7th year on the committee- she is Honorary Secretary.

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Laura Killeen

Associate - DD: 028 9592 4620

Ronan Gormley
Associate - DD: 028 9592 4615
MEng CEng MICE

Ronan is a Chartered Civil Engineer over ten years’ experience in the construction industry. He specialises in highway, drainage, earthworks and utility design to assist clients from project inception through to detailed design and construction supervision.

After graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010, Ronan relocated to London to work as an Infrastructure Engineer for Buro Happold – working on a variety of projects within residential, education, commercial and historical sectors both internationally and within the UK. He undertook a two year secondment in Kuwait in the Middle East to develop his understanding of construction methodologies and supervise construction of a new city in the south of the country, Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City.

Ronan joined Design ID in January 2018 as a Senior Civil Engineer and in 2020 progressed to Associate.

Outside of work, Ronan can be found on a golf course or a football pitch, and if not playing sport he will be watching it on tv!

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Ronan Gormley

Associate - DD: 028 9592 4615

David French
Associate - DD: 028 9592 4605
BSc DIS CEng MICE

David is an Incorporated Civil Engineer with the ICE, specialising in drainage and earthworks design and is an expert in the use of Civil 3D and MicroDrainage software. Following graduation from Ulster University, David joined Doran Consulting where he spent over 13 years gaining experience across a breadth of sectors including Commercial, Energy, Education, Health & Wellbeing and Residential.

David joined Design ID in May 2021 and was promoted to Associate the same year.

He has a keen interest in BIM and collaboration within Integrated Design Teams. David is particularly invested in developing and improving civil engineering design processes to deliver projects effectively and efficiently for his clients.

David has led the civil engineering design on many high-profile projects. Notable schemes include City Quays in Belfast Harbour, Elms Field Redevelopment in Wokingham and Distillery Expansion and Off-Site Maturation facilities for the Old Bushmills Distillery.

Away from work David enjoys DIY and has recently completed renovations of his own home.

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David French

Associate - DD: 028 9592 4605

Tayfun Turnalar
Associate - DD: 020 8078 9198
BSc CEng MIStructE

Tayfun is a chartered structural engineer with more than 20 years of experience. After graduating from Istanbul Technical University in 1996, his engineering career started as a site manager at the Tekirdag-Corlu Airport project and followed with numerous residential/commercial projects in Turkey.

After moving to the UK, he gained considerable consultancy experience working on a wide range of services including civil and structural engineering in both domestic and commercial sectors designing common forms of construction. Tayfun has extensive experience of developing integrated design solutions that meet the unique needs of those working within residential, healthcare and education sectors. Her Majesty’s Theatre Auditorium, University of Sussex Life Science Building, Heathlands Dementia Care Home are his more notable projects.

Between 2008-2011, Tayfun worked for a design-build industrial chimney company in Singapore. He was involved in reinforced concrete/steel chimney design for heavy industrial projects from various parts of the World. Involved with the steel lattice tower project in difficult environmental conditions of the Philippines, reinforced concrete windshield projects in Thailand, India and Saudi Arabia. His South-East Asia work has enabled Tayfun to become a specialist engineer when designing tall structures that require consideration of major effects of wind/earthquake as well as slip-form construction and heavy lifting methods.

When away from work, Tayfun enjoys nurturing his passion for all forms of music. In his spare time, he enjoys drumming as well as DJing.

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Tayfun Turnalar

Associate - DD: 020 8078 9198

Conall Doherty
Associate - DD: 028 9592 4621
MEng CEng MIStructE

Conall brings a wealth of local and international experience to the practice having spent 8 years working in Dubai, Sydney & Berlin. He has a broad project portfolio encompassing several highly accoladed projects in the Arts sector; the iconic ‘Louvre Abu Dhabi’ museum (with Ateliers Jean Nouvel), the ‘Phoenix Art Gallery’ in Sydney (Dezeen Cultural Building of the Year 2020), and more recently the ‘Halcyon Art Gallery’ at Harrods.

He has a keen interest in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings & structures, and is currently working towards becoming a Conservation Accredited Registered Engineer (CARE). Since joining Design ID in 2018, notable conservation projects include the restoration of the 18th Century, Grade 1 Listed, No.6 Grafton Street, Mayfair, as well as structural assessments in National Trust properties throughout Northern Ireland, including Mount Stewart & Castle Ward. He has also previously worked on the development of a conservation strategy for historic coral stone houses in the United Arab Emirates.

Conall graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010 with a MEng Structural Engineering with Architecture (first class honours), during which he received an ICE QUEST scholarship. Following graduation, Conall spent over four years with Buro Happold in the Middle East. During this time, he was selected for the prestigious role of ‘Future Leader/Apprentice’ to the 2012/13 ICE President, as well as being awarded ‘Leader of Tomorrow’ at the 2013 British Construction Industry Awards and ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ at the Big Project Middle East Construction Awards.

In 2015 Conall moved to Sydney and spent two years working on high-end projects in the residential and arts sectors with Taylor Thompson Whitting (TTW), followed by 6 months in Berlin working with a local design practice, Bollinger & Grohmann. In 2017 he worked as a volunteer structural engineer with a disaster relief agency in Nepal for 3 months, developing the technical content for an innovative app aiming to improve the quality of construction supervision in isolated communities in the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake.

He was accepted as a Chartered Member of the ICE in 2014 and of the IStructE in 2015.

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Conall Doherty

Associate - DD: 028 9592 4621

James Thomas
Associate - DD: 020 8078 9193
MEng ACGI CEng MICE

James graduated from Imperial College London in 2010 with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering. He completed placements at Waterman Structures in Birmingham and Price & Myers in London during university holidays. Following this James joined Walsh where he worked on large reinforced concrete framed structures for leading clients in London. Notable projects, primarily in the hotel and residential sectors, include Hilton London Bankside, 5 Miles Street Vauxhall, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch and Thurston Point Lewisham.

After 5 years at Walsh, James joined the Design ID London team in October 2017. James primarily runs the volumetric modular projects within the company and has a particular interest in parametric modelling and creating efficiencies in the design process. Key projects include new offices for Imperial War Museum staff and a Mental Health Assessment Unit at Kingston Hospital. In Autumn 2020 James achieved Chartered Status with the Institution of Civil Engineers. In his spare time James writes electronic music.

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James Thomas

Associate - DD: 020 8078 9193