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Caricatures and Champagne in the City

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Rebecca Dawson

Patrick Ryan Associates were delighted to join Thomann-Hanry at their Tropically themed Summer Party 2017. Such a swonderful opportunity to connect with others in the facade industry whilst drinking champagne and eating canapes, in a roof top bar overlooking St Pauls Cathedral. Perfect.

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SFE Evening Technical Meeting - Tuesday 28th February

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 by Rebecca Dawson

Challenges behind the Crystal Houses facade - SFE Facade 2016 Winner - Outstanding Innovation Category



Speakers - Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni, Tu Delft


Tuesday 28th February, 5.30pm


Event to be held at The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PS

Admission is FREE but please book by email to


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Talk: Facades in the 21st Century

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Roger Peatling

Patrick Ryan gave a presentation to the Institution of Structural Engineers Surrey Regional Group at the University of Surrey, Guildford on Monday evening.

The talk focused on the current thinking and trends in facade design, featuring many innovative buildings such the very exciting Chanel shopfront “Crystal Houses” in Amsterdam at the Society of Facade Engineering Façade of the Year 2016: Innovation Category Winner.

Chanel Storefront

Topics included new technologies such as Solar farming, self-healing concrete and bio-plastics as well as looking at the facade manufacturing potential in 3-D printing using materials such as metals, plastics, sand and even naturally harvested sea salt.

SaltyGloo, Emerging Objects. 3D printed structure SaltyGloo, Emerging Objects. 3D printed structure using harvested salt from the San Francisco Bay 

When: 16 January 2017

Where: University of Surrey, Guildford

Speaker: Patrick Ryan

Organisation: Institution of Structural Engineers – Surrey Regional Group

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IStructE Surrey Branch January Lecture

Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2017 by Rebecca Dawson

Patrick Ryan will be the guest speaker at the IStructE Surrey branch this month.

Monday 16th January at 6pm at University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH. In Lecture Theatre M

Patrick will be looking at recent trends and advancements in Facades in the 21st Century, focusing on current technology and future developments in Facade Engineering.

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Facade 2016 - Celebrating the achievements of the Facade Industry

Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 by Rebecca Dawson

In the impressive Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate - London, 100's of people gathered to celebrate the Glass & Facade Industry at the annual prestigious Glass Supper.

The evening incorporated the announcement of the winners of FACADE2016, the Society of Facade Engineers competition celebrating the innovation & advancement within Facade Engineering.

Best Innovation was awarded to TU Delft & ABT Consulting Engineers for Crystal Houses, MVRDV

Best Innovation 2016 Award


Using pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in  Amsterdam with a transparent replica, using over 7000 glass block more suited to the building's new use as a Chanel boutique.

This unique, flawless glass self-supporting structure was created by using a novel glass system assigned to the Glass & Transparency Lab of the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft)

The research undertaken by TU Delft and the Structural analysis & testing by ABT resulted in the judges awarding this project the title of Best Innovative Façade 2016.

Glass Supper 2016

Judges Patrick Ryan from Patrick Ryan Associates & Graham Hackley from Century Facades, standing with the researchers from TU Delft Faidra Oikonomopoulou & Telesilla Bristogianni

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Future-gazing with Pilkington

Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2016 by Rebecca Dawson

We attended the launch of Pilkington inaugural report on the construction industry and the future of building design at The Goldsmith's Centre.

The guest speakers were Ian Ritchie and Dr. Kevin Sanderson, looking into the Glass in Architecture & Glass in Buildings.


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Standing room only at the last Society of Facade Engineering Evening Technical Meeting

Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 by Rebecca Dawson

Last week, Neehsa Gopal, Meinhardt Technology, spoke to a full auditorium at the final Society of Facade Evening Technical meeting of 2016.

Neesha's talk,  Curved Glass - Pursuit of the impossible? was based on her research into the visual inconsistency of curved glazed facades for her MSc Facade Engineering Dissertation. 

As the design of complex geometry in buildings increases so does the demand for the seamless curved facade.

Many materials such as stone, concrete and plastics can easily be sculpted to achieve this image but Neesha asked the question: Is it possible to specify the seamless glazed facade? What are the limitations and effect on visual consistency? Can visual assessment be qualified?

Research into the success of bending methods, glass production as well as showing good & not so good examples of the consequences of panelisation.

Neesha gave an informative insight into the pursuit of achieving visual consistency in glazed facade design and what the future holds to ensure that curved glass is not a pursuit of the impossible.




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Arrivederci Roberto - a successful internship at Patrick Ryan Associates

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 by Rebecca Dawson


Roberto Ruggeri writes...

My internship at PRA has been by far the best internship I could ever expect.

I joined the PRA team thanks to the Erasmus traineeship programme. Last year I graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BSc) and I am actually a student in Civil Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (MSc) at University of Catania in Italy. Before beginning my final master degree year, I decided to join the Erasmus traineeship programme to develop my skills in structural engineering and to be exposed to facade engineering and cladding consultancy for the first time.

Dr Patrick Ryan is a façade engineering consultant and has presented papers at numerous conferences in the UK and abroad and is a co-author of two specialist books. So I chose to work at Patrick Ryan Associates with no doubts.

In PRA, the people are fantastic and immediately they made me feel like a part of the team. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and there was a very welcoming atmosphere from my first day there right till the end.

About my job, I have produced lots of calculation templates about glass balustrades, glass wall, curtain wall and double glazed units under the guidance of the structural engineers Patrick Ryan, Michael Reid and Filippo Gentili. I have also worked on projects which were very interesting and challenging, making the work enjoyable.

I was never made to feel like I was ‘just an intern’ only good for repetitive work. I have felt very valued in my time at PRA and all the work that I completed was received with gratitude and any errors I had made were just explained to me without judgement.

I felt that the time and effort that I put into the quality of my work was definitely appreciated. From my point of view I have acquired lots of competences and I am really happy to have been part of PRA.


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