Pedro Natario


PhD CEng MIStructE
Associate Pedro Natário relishes the problem-solving aspect of structural engineering, particularly during the early stages of projects. Practical, with a strong academic and technical background, Pedro enjoys working “in an environment of extremely intelligent and creative people” at Whitby Wood. The constant learning and “the feeling that there’s always something else out there to discover” appeal to him, as do mentoring and sharing knowledge with other engineers.

He wasn’t swayed into becoming a surgeon by his father, a doctor, and decided to pursue engineering instead. He says,—”I found a profession that allows me to combine my passion for mathematics and physics, while still engaging my creative side. Perhaps it’s also to do with the countless hours spent playing Lego growing up.”

Pedro’s experience spans a wide range of sectors. Initially, he worked in bridge engineering and the detailed design of multiple highway overpasses and underpasses. He’s also done large residential and mixed-used schemes, cultural infrastructure, as well as refurbishment and structural modification projects.

His expertise in steel and composite, reinforced, and post-tensioned concrete structures is combined with specialist skills in building dynamics and seismic design. He stresses the importance of structural optioneering — with sustainability, economy and buildability in mind. Or as he puts it, “I truly consider that technical excellence is a key driver of sustainability and economy in the construction industry.”

Pedro is proactive and communicative, with a keen eye for project co-ordination and likes to take a holistic view to ensure effective collaboration between stakeholders. He believes in structural engineering’s potential to impact beneficially on society and feels a sense of accomplishment looking at the structures he’s helped to build.

His notable projects include The Dunard Centre, a world-class music venue on a confined site in Edinburgh, where Pedro was “straight in at the deep end” with the design — balancing the acoustic demands of the auditorium with the engineering and vibrational performance of the structure. Also a high-rise residential tower in Hendon with a staggered façade of cutaways and reveals; a 30-storey residential development on a former industrial site on the Greenwich Peninsula; and the extension of the University of East London Stratford Campus, comprising 650 student accommodation units and a new academic building, constructed above Eurostar rail tunnels.

In his limited spare time Pedro enjoys cooking, and loves to travel — anywhere — enjoying the sun a lot more than the UK winters.

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