Fiona Cousins

Global Automation Leader at Arup


Fiona Cousins is an Arup Fellow and a member of Arup Group Board, Arup Americas Region Board, and the Global Digital Executive. She also served as Arup’s Global Automation Leader, focusing on applying automation to improve outcomes for clients and projects through greater consistency, rapid iteration and visualisation techniques.

Since joining Arup as a graduate, Fiona’s technical focus has been on energy modelling, mechanical engineering design and sustainable consulting. Fiona has led many complex interdisciplinary building projects including The Bloomberg Centre at Cornell Tech and Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University. Fiona is a frequent presenter on transformative sustainable building design, very low-energy design, resilience and sustainability. She gave the 2016 CIBSE Annual Lecture: ‘How building services Engineers can save Civilization’ and is a co-author of the book Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate. In 2017, Fiona received the AIANY Award of Merit and ASHRAE NY Distinguished Service Award.

Fiona served as the chair of the New York Chapter of the USGBC (Urban Green) from 2008-2009 and as chair of USGBC in 2016. She currently serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, AIA NY, the External Advisory Board of Harvard University Graduate School of Design MDE Program and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).