After graduating from Oxford in 1980, Robert trained on site with Costains and in the London design office of Ove Arup. After gaining chartered status in 1985 he worked with RPT and with Travers Morgan where he was associate in their Newcastle office before setting up his own practice. Robert initially trained on major projects such as the Thames Barrier, the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Great Ormond Street, and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters. While a Director of Structural & Civil Consultants, his designs for the Park Lane Interchange for the City of Sunderland won a 1999 Robert Stephenson Award. Besides building structures, Robert has expertise in bridges and historic buildings and has gained membership to the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.