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Serena Gildea
Principal Engineer - DD: 020 8078 9191
MEng CEng MIEI MIStructE

Serena graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a Masters degree in Structural Engineering with Architecture in 2010 and won the ‘McMullen Prize for Structural Engineering with Architectural Design’, in her final year, for having the best overall performance in Architectural Design.

She moved to New Zealand in 2012 following the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence of 2010-2011 that caused the immediate collapse of hundreds of buildings and devastation to the City of Christchurch. She gained a great appreciation for seismic design and dynamic loading during her three-year stint and experienced numerous aftershocks while completing hundreds of structural assessments of properties damaged by the earthquakes.

Serena joined the London office of Design ID in February 2016 and has since taken the lead on numerous projects in residential and commercial fields for both traditional and modular designs. She has a great interest in promoting Women in Engineering and is an active member of Engineers Ireland.

Serena achieved chartered status with Engineers Ireland in the Summer of 2017 and became chartered with the Institution of Structural Engineers in the Autumn of 2020.

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Principal Engineer - DD: 020 8078 9191

Conall Doherty
Principal Engineer - 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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Principal Engineer - DD: 028 9592 4621

James Thomas
Principal Engineer - 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

Principal Engineer - DD: 020 8078 9193