By Fiona Czerniawska.
“Shaping a better world” is what Arup says it does, in words that are curiously reminiscent of EY’s “Building a better working world”. It’s ironic that EY is talking about building, while Arup, which began life as an architectural firm, is talking about shaping, but perhaps it’s not surprising. There’s always been something of an overlap between civil engineering and consulting. Many of the first management consultants were engineers by training, and engineers, in my opinion, make some of the best consultants because their ability to decompose problems in order to solve them is just as useful in a business context as it is in building.
But the extent of that overlap has changed over time.