Team

We are four friends who share the same aspirations and inspirations, both in work and out, but each bring our own unique strengths and influences to the practice.

We have over 30 years combined experience finding simple solutions to complex problems, working on projects of all shapes and sizes. Our motto is that whilst engineering is a science, communicating it is not.

We are all passionate about the future of our profession and for many years have been inspiring the next generation of designers through our collective Scale Rule.

Philip Isaac
Co-founder | Structural engineer

Phil is an enthusiastic designer, educator and researcher, bringing his strong analytical skills and design flair to the projects he has worked on, notably the Bloomberg headquarters in London, Bournemouth Art Studio and the Google headquarters in San Francisco.

Phil strongly believes in the value that research brings to projects, born from the time he spent in Bath studying for his PhD. Phil remains actively involved in teaching and currently holds positions at the University of Bath and the Bartlett School of Architecture.

In his spare time Phil enjoys anything active as well as learning new things which led him to impulsively buy a piano.


Laura Hannigan
Co-founder | Structural engineer

Laura’s interests span from timber engineering to computational design to graphic statics; all underlain by an interest in continually learning. One of her strengths also lies in her ability to bring teams and projects together.

Her career spans from New York to London with Thornton Tomasetti and AKT II. With the latter she has worked on projects ranging from Google’s new King’s Cross headquarters with exposed steelwork, cross laminated timber and concrete, to Haus Gables, the single-family dwelling constructed almost entirely from cross laminated timber.

Laura is a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She won the BCO NextGen Design Competition ‘The Office of 2035’ with Team 88mph and won the BCO NextGen Rising Star Award for London and SE.


Sinead Conneely
Co-founder | Structural engineer

Sinead is a mathematically minded engineer with a strong social conscience. Caring deeply about the world we live in and all of those in it, it’s her mission to use her analytical and communication skills to build a more inclusive and beautiful place for all.

Sinead studied Civil Engineering at NUI Galway and Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London. She has worked on large London projects including Six Pancras Square and One Nine Elms as well as Google San Francisco and Al Fayah Park in Abu Dhabi.

Sinead is a brilliant team player and is excellent at communicating within large design teams. She has built and maintained good relationships with a number of clients, architects and contractors.

When Sinead isn’t busy putting the world to rights she can be found in the pool or at the track training for her next silly endurance event. She also loves to travel and will be pushing for Simple Works to go international very soon!

Jonny Hawkshaw
Co-founder | Structural engineer

Jonny has a passion for materials and the ways they can be used structurally particularly those which are natural and lightly processed. He also has a keen interest in modern methods used in construction and is always seeking new ways to push the building structure in projects.

Jonny has worked on a variety of projects in and around London from complex refurbishments, such as the award winning One New Oxford Street, to technical new build structures on tight London sites, such as Parker House. He also developed the scheme design for a modular tower in Surrey.

Jonny studied a Masters in Architectural Engineering at Leeds University. He is a keen sportsman, beer brewer, DIY maverick and is currently researching mycelium based composites for use in low rise structures.