The built environment plays an essential role in shaping society and the world around us. For years, the design and engineering field has been transforming the conventional practices of achieving the minimum standards into implementing practices that ensured a reduced impact on the natural environment via performance improvement or sustainable rating. As climate change nears a tipping point with irreversible impacts, we're adopting sustainable solutions to move towards achieving net zero carbon neutrality and causing no harm to the natural environment.
A fundamental shift is required if we want to keep living on this planet for generations to come. We need to focus on not only doing less harm but positively impacting the natural environment and going beyond sustainable development. This will require solutions or systems that heal, are resilient, and revitalise communities' natural resources and even entire ecosystems. We can do this by adopting restorative solutions to reverse pre-development environmental conditions or by going the extra mile and adopting regenerative principles where human and natural systems are actively co-evolving.
Wojciech Szewczak is an Associate Director at Ramboll Management Consulting working with clients in the infrastructure sector and delivering strategic sustainability consulting services. With almost 10 years of experience, he combines technical engineering expertise with business strategy and broader sustainability aspects to create transformational results for his clients. He has received the Outstanding Achievement recognition at the FIDIC Future Leaders Awards 2023 in Singapore for his efforts towards influencing the UK's infrastructure sector. He is passionate about promoting the regenerative approach to infrastructure and advancing sustainable development in communities around the world.
Additionally, Wojciech sits on the Association for Consultancy and Engineering's (ACE) Advisory Group and chairs Emerging Professionals, the group of next-generation industry leaders working in the natural and built environment in the UK. He hosts the Fresh Perspectives video podcast, judges industry awards, and speaks at prestigious in-person and virtual panel discussions.