Peter Braithwaite



Future Urban Living Policy Commission



Peter Braithwaite is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, being a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. Peter has over 35 years of international experience predominantly within the private sector gaining expertise in the built environment, infrastructure and sustainability. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Strathclyde followed by an MSc and DIC from Imperial College, London.

During his 27 years with Arup, the last 10 years as Director, Peter developed and led environmental and sustainability services being involved in major urban and infrastructure projects worldwide. In 2008 he joined the ODA Delivery Partner as Head of Sustainability with responsibility for delivering the challenging sustainability targets during construction of the Olympic Park in London. On completion of this role, Peter was appointed European Head of Sustainability with CH2M HILL, where he continued developing sustainability frameworks and tools to aid the development of sustainable cities of the future.

Peter has special interests in sustainable urban regeneration, in particular investigating the cross -discipline impacts of sustainable regeneration from planning, design, infrastructure, biodiversity and social impacts as well as the built form. He has particular interest in developing frameworks, key performance indicators and monitoring and assurance tools for a variety of applications, including cities.

For many years Peter has been active in the work of the Professional Institutions and academia. He has been involved in numerous research projects as expert advisor, steering group member and also for research projects within CH2M HILL and previously Arup. He has presented keynote speeches and papers at numerous international conferences, and lectured at various Universities within the UK and overseas.

In recognition of his work in sustainability, Peter was conferred as Honorary Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham in 2006. He joined the Academic staff part-time in 2012 to transfer his sustainability skills and experience for the benefit of research projects and teaching.