Jane Wernick Associates

News Archive

Oct, 2015

On 24th September we had our annual office party. Please see below for a few photos of the evening by John Rich:

Jun, 2015

Jane took part in a discussion on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, about getting something really bold accepted by planning authorities and the public which was broadcast on June 2nd. You can listen to the discussion here

May, 2015



Press Release



Jane Wernick Associates joins engineersHRW


Engineering consultancy Jane Wernick Associates have joined engineersHRW. The firms share a similar ethos and goals and by combining forces they will broaden their expertise and capacity whilst continuing to focus on high quality architecture and engineering.


Jane Wernick Associates Ltd. was founded in 1998, since when it has established a reputation for innovative and high quality structural engineering. Notable projects include the Kew Treetop Walkway, the Young Vic Theatre and the Living Architecture houses. As sole director, Jane Wernick has been responsible for all aspects of the work, as well as the day to day running of the business.  Notably she was recently awarded a CBE for services to structural and civil engineering.


Jane Wernick Associates will remain as a team within engineersHRW and continue to operate from their current offices in Shoreditch. As well as continuing to work on existing contracts, over time Jane Wernick will also become involved in design projects throughout engineersHRW.


Stephen Haskins, Simon Robinson and Martin Waters formed engineersHRW in 2001. The practice is currently 25-strong with offices in London and Oxford. They received an IStructE Supreme Award for the Savill Building and were engineers for this year’s RIBA Southern’s ‘Building of the Year’- the Flint House.


Jane Wernick commented: “After more than sixteen years at the helm, I would now like to step back from the business side of the firm, in order to concentrate on the engineering, as well as some of my broader industry activities.”


Martin Waters of engineersHRW commented: “We are excited to embrace Jane Wernick Associates. Our combined staff have broad and varied experience and we look forward to continuing to offer inquiring, beautiful engineering solutions to all types of project.”


Examples of the work of engineersHRW can be seen at www.ehrw.co.uk





Jane has been interviewed for ‘Britain’s Hidden Talent: Women Engineers’ which was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 0n Friday May 1st. Please click below to listen to the programme:

Mar, 2015


Photo: Anne Minors

On February 25th Jane attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace where she received her CBE.

alexandra road park
Photo: Step Haiselden

Project update: New playground structures well underway at Alexandra Road Park, Kilburn.


Feb, 2015

Jane has been included as one of the judges for an international design competition being launched by Bath and North East Somerset Council for a new £2.5 million bridge over the River Avon in Bath City Centre. Bath Quays Bridge will be the first new crossing for more than a century and will be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. If you have a subscription you can read more details on the AJ website here.


Project update: Construction of rammed concrete wall sample on site at Living Architecture’s Secular Retreat, Chivelstone.


Project update: Construction continuing on Living Architecture’s Lifehouse, of below-ground concrete retaining walls and above-ground brickwork – under cover to protect against the Welsh weather.

Jan, 2015

davenies school update

Project update: The cross-laminated superstructure is nearing completion at Davenies School in Beaconsfield. We have designed the structure for two new classroom blocks and link building that connects to the existing Grade II Listed main school building. The project is expected to be completed by this summer in time for opening for the new academic year 2015-16.

Jane has been nominated for inclusion in the Debrett’s 500 as one of the most influential people in her field.

JWA are delighted to announce that Jane has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to structural and civil engineering. Please see below for more details:

The Guardian

The Ham & High


Oct, 2014

Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design has been awarded the AJ Retrofit Award 2014 For Higher Education Under £5 Million. You can read more about the awards here.

On 25th September we had our annual office party. Please see below for a few photos of the evening by John Rich:

Jul, 2014

On July 9th the Rainham Trackway with Peter Beard_LANDROOM was awarded a Commendation at the New London Awards 2014.


Jun, 2014


We are very proud to announce that the Rainham Trackway with Peter Beard_LANDROOM has been awarded the Architecture as Landscaping Award at the 2014 Galvanizers Association Galvanizing Awards on 26th June. Please see here to read more about the project and the award.

Jane was invited by Nicky Gavron to speak at the London Assembly’s planning committee Skyline debate on Tuesday 10th June. You can read full details of the meeting here, in the Architects’ Journal.

Apr, 2014

Photo: John Rich

JWA are very pleased to announce that the RSPB Rainham Marshes project has received a special mention in the European Award for Urban Public Space 2014. Please click here for more information.

We are delighted to announce that we have been helping four talented young architects at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios together with the artist Edward Crumpton, with the Observatory competition, organised by SPUD. They have just been declared the winners, with their delightful design for a moveable artist’s residence. Please see here for more information.

Feb, 2014

Please click here to read the full transcript, including images, of Jane’s tribute to Kathryn Findlay who was awarded the Jane Drew Prize at the AJ Women in Architecture luncheon on 7 February. You can also read a bit more about the event here.

Jane has been included on ‘Debrett’s 500′ list of Britain’s most influential people.
Please see here for the Sunday Times feature, or here to go to Debrett’s website for further details (scroll to the bottom of the page for Jane’s entry).

Jane will be speaking at the AJ Women in Architecture luncheon about Jane Drew Prize winner Kathryn Findlay on 7 February. Please click here for further information.

Dec, 2013

On 16th December Jane and Greg attended the launch party for ‘Holding up Childhood’- an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts by the charity Kids Company, featuring a carousel that JWA worked on, and which acts as a platform for young people to share their talents. The exhibition runs until 12th January 2014. Please see below for a couple of short videos taken at the launch:

Nov, 2013

Kate will be giving a talk as a STEM ambassador to year 9 girls at Kingsbridge Community College in Devon on 21st November, about some of our projects and about being a structural engineer.

Jane gave a lecture to Norwich University of the Arts on Thursday 14th November.

Jane tackles the question: ‘Do women engineers enjoy the same opportunities for career progression as their male colleagues?’ in this month’s The Engineer magazine. You can read the full article here.

Oct, 2013

On 10th October we had our annual office party. Please see below for a few photos of the evening:

Sep, 2013

Jane took part in a panel discussion on low-carbon construction at the IABSE Kemp Future of Design conference on 12 September.

Jane was one of the judges for the AJ Retrofit Awards 2013, which were announced on 11 September.

We are delighted to welcome Step Haiselden to the company as an Associate Director.

Jun, 2013


Jane has won the First Woman of the Built Environment Award and received it at the First Women Awards 2013 dinner which was held at the London Marriott Hotel on 12 June 2013.
Clare Balding hosted the ceremony and wrote in Stylist Magazine:
‘Jane Wernick, who won the award for First Woman of the Built Environment, shared her vision. She focuses on how it feels to live and work in a building, how natural light will fall on it, whether it makes people channel their energy positively. One of her projects was the London Eye and as I drove past it the other day, I thought about her words as I watched those curved bubbles turning slowly above the Thames. Wernick did not build it as a trophy or a statement, but as a thing to be loved and enjoyed.’
You can read more about the award and ceremony, including the full article by Clare Balding, by clicking on the links below:
Just Practising
Ham & High

Kate Purver has been shortlisted for this year’s Herald Express Women of Achievement; STEM Women in Science Award for her work as a STEM Ambassador. The winner will be announced on 28 June 2013.

Apr, 2013

Jane has been shortlisted in the Built Environment sector of the First Women Awards.
The First Women Awards recognise pioneering UK women who have opened up opportunities for others. They were created by Real Business and the CBI in 2005: see here for more information.
The winners will be announced on 12 June 2013 at the London Marriott Hotel.

Mar, 2013

On March 26th Jane took part in ‘Engineers Imagine…six speakers discuss post-Rice working practice’ as part of the ‘Traces of Peter Rice’ educational events programme at Arup.
Please click here for further details.
See below for a film of the evening:

On March 13th Jane gave a talk at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture, in Atlanta, having been appointed the ’2013 Portman Visiting Critic’.

Feb, 2013

On February 13th Jane gave a lecture at Ryerson University, Toronto, as part of the ‘Matter’ series of lectures. A video of the lecture can be viewed here. Please click here for further details.

On February 11th Jane gave a lecture at McGill Universty, Montreal


Jan, 2013

Jane was quoted in ‘Frank Lloyd Wright—for rent’ – an article in Maclean’s Magazine, about ‘designed structures available for your next vacation’. Please click here to read the article.

Dec, 2012

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Oct, 2012

Jane has been appointed as the 2013 Portman Visiting Critic by the Goergia Tech School of Architecture, in Atlanta.

Sep, 2012

On 20th September we had our annual office party. Please see below for a few photos of the evening:

Jane was one of the judges of the AJ Retrofit Awards 2012. The winners were announced on September 12th at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London EC1

Jane gave a Keynote Speech at the IABSE British Group Young Engineers Conference, IStructE Kenneth Kemp Seminar, ‘The Future of Design’ on 13 September 2012 at University College London

Jul, 2012

Jane Wernick Associates with DKFS Architects have won a competition in Germany to build a 50m pedestrian bridge


Jun, 2012

We are proud to announce that that both The Henrietta Barnett School and Living Architecture’s Dune House have won an RIBA 2012 Award. Please see the RIBA website here, for more about The Henrietta Barnett School, or here for more about The Dune House.

Mar, 2012

Jane took part in a debate with Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architecture and Richard Mawer of WSP at Ecobuild: ‘How Green is Tall?’, on the 20th of March. The debate was discussed in an article in The Architects’ Journal, which you can read here.
Jane was also quoted in an article in Building Design which discussed similar issues. Please click here to read the Building Design article.


Jan, 2012

The South London Gallery has won a Commendation from the Civic Trust Awards 2012
Please click on the picture for more information about the award.

Oct, 2011

On the 28th of October Jane Wernick had an article – ‘How to get more women engineers: tell girls about it’, published in The Times. Please click here to read.

On the 25th of October Jane Wernick took part in a discussion about the Talent 2030 campaign on ‘Wake Up To Money’, on Radio 5 Live.

Jane Wernick took part in a video discussion for the Talent 2030 website which has been set up to encourage young people’s interest in engineering. Please follow the link to watch the film:


Sep, 2011

On the 13th of September we had our annual party. Please see below for a slideshow of the event:

The Balancing Barn has been short-listed for this year’s Manser Medal which is awarded for the best house or major extension.

The Marshland Discovery Zone has been short-listed for the 2011 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize for the best project with a construction budget of less than £1m.

Silhouette, the pylon design which was developed with Ian Ritchie Architects was announced as one of the six short-listed designs in the National Grid Pylon Design Competition.  A model of the entry can be seen at an exhibition opened today by Chris Huhne.
Please visit our entry at:

Jane Wernick Associates received the first ever National Award for Diversity in Construction for Excellence in Performance by an SME.

Jul, 2011

On 20th July Jane Wernick took part in a discussion on ‘Midweek’, on BBC Radio Four.

South London Gallery has won a New London Award.

May, 2011

Jane Wernick Associates is proud to announce that we have won 3 of the 89 RIBA Awards 2011, for the following projects:
Living Architecture: The Balancing Barn with MVRDV and Mole Architects
Living Architecture: Shingle House with NORD Architects
RSPB Rainham Marshes: Marshland Discovery Zone with Peter Beard_LANDROOM
Please click here for the RIBA Awards 2011 page.

Jane Wernick was one of the judges for this year’s UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards which were presented on 5 May at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Nov, 2010

On 18 November Jane Wernick will be giving the Architectural Association of Ireland Annual Peter Rice Memorial Lecture, in the Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin.

On 13 November Jane Wernick will be judging the ARC International Design Competition for a wildlife crossing structure near Vail, Colorado. (www.arc-competition.com)

Oct, 2010

Jane Wernick will be taking part in the Battle of Ideas conference organised by the Institute of Ideas, to be held at the Royal College of Art, 30 – 31 October. Jane will be a speaker in the conversation; ‘Happy-Clappy Architecture : Designing for Well-Being’ to be held on Saturday 30 October from 10:30 – 12:00 in Lecture Theatre 2. www.battleofideas.org.uk

Jane Wernick spoke at the Women in Architecture conference on Monday 18 October.

Sep, 2010

On September 15th JWA had our annual party. See below for some photos from the night:

Jane Wernick Associates has an exhibition of the company’s work on show until 2nd October at the Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT.

Aug, 2010

On August 3rd Jane Wernick gave a lecture at the University of Melbourne.
Accompanying the lecture was an exhibition of JWA’s work. Please click here to view a PDF of the show (8MB).

Jun, 2010

On June 25th JWA contributed to the ‘Anatomy of Civil Engineering’, as part of the London Festival of Architecture. This event was held at the Institution of Civil Engineers and featured a mobile composed of infrastructure models, suspended from the atrium of One Great George Street. The Xstrata Treetop Walkway at Kew, and a new pedestrian link to Rainham Marshes were included.

On 7 June JWA went on a cruise on a narrowboat, the Jenny Wren, with a group of the practice’s friends, to celebrate the handing over of Jane’s sole share in the company to a trust fund company that will own JWA for the benefit of all its employees, past and present. A condition of the handover is that JWA will continue to avoid all projects that contain a nuclear or military component. We are very fortunate that Jenny Baster and Robin Nicholson have agreed to be trustees, along with Jane. More here from ‘Building’ magazine. See the slideshow below for photos of the boat trip and the signing of the deed.

A voyage on the Jenny Wren 6th of June 2010

Apr, 2010

On 1 April Jane gave a lecture as part of the 2010 Guest Lecture Series: Calculated Uncertainty – Clairvoyance in Architecture, at Strathclyde University’s Department of Architecture.

Feb, 2010

On 1 February Jane gave a keynote lecture to the Antwerp Architectural Sciences Department, on the subject ‘Building Happiness – An engineer’s perspective on Architecture to Make You Smile’.

We are delighted to announce that we have just won the Weinfluss Connecting Link competition for a 50m long lifting pedestrian bridge in Vienna, with the architects Dirk Krolikowski and Falko Schmitt.

Sep, 2009

JWA is pleased to be a supporter of Open House London 2009. Projects featured are the Young Vic Theatre, Cremorne Boating Centre, The Royal Society of Chemistry, and Cypher House. For further details please see:
Open House Website

Jul, 2009

Jane Wernick has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering

The Kew Xstrata Tree Top Walkway has won a Structural Steel Design Award 2009

May, 2009

The Kew Xstrata Tree Top Walkway has won a RIBA Regional Award 2009

The Moller Centre has won a RIBA Regional Award 2009

Apr, 2009

Mar, 2009

The Kew Xstrata Tree Top Walkway has won a Civic Trust Award

Feb, 2009

The Kew Xstrata Tree Top Walkway has won the ICE Special Award for Best Integrated Design

Nov, 2008

St.Anne’s Sure Start & Community Centre was awarded a Colchester2020 and RIBA Award 2008

Jane Wernick will be giving an illustrated talk as part of Docomomo’s ‘Masters of Concrete’ lecture series. ‘Ove Arup’s Concrete’ will take place on Monday 3rd of November starting at 7pm with drinks from 6.30, at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1.


Oct, 2008

‘Building Happiness: Architecture To Make You Smile’ edited by Jane Wernick RIBA Building Futures, was launched on the 22nd of October at 7pm in Shoreditch Town Hall.


The Young Vic won the British Construction Industry 2008 Building Award.

Sep, 2008

BBC Scotland won an ICE Scotland Design Commendation.

On September 18th Jane Wernick Associates Ltd. was 10 years old. The birthday party was held on 24th September. See slideshow below:


Oundle Sci-Tec has been shortlisted for the RIBA/English Partnerships Sustainability Award and the RIBA/Sorrell Foundation Schools Award.

The Cremorne Boating Centre has been shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Jul, 2008

Jane was made a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers by the personal invitation of the President, David Orr.

The Singing Ringing Tree has won a Certificate of Merit from the Structural Steel Design Awards.

Cremorne Boating Centre and Potters Fields have been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Small Building Award.

The Young Vic has been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Building Award.

May, 2008

BBC Scotland won the RIBA National Award.

Oundle SciTec won the RIBA Regional Award for the East Midlands.

The Lightbox, Woking won the RIBA Regional Award for the South East.

Cremorne Boating Centre won the RIBA Regional Award for London.

The Kew Xstrata Tree Top walkway was opened on 22 May by Princess Alexandra and Hilary Benn MP, to universal acclaim.

The Lightbox, Woking won the Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries 2008.

Apr, 2008

The Xstrata Tree Top Walkway and Rhizotron won this year’s Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Award.

Mar, 2008

The Young Vic Theatre was announced as Building Magazine’s Project of the Year.

The Lightbox, Woking and the Young Vic Theatre both received full awards at the Civic Trust Awards ceremony held in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Dec, 2007

The Lightbox, Woking was selected as one of Building Design Magazine’s top four best Public Buildings projects for 2007.

Oct, 2007

The Singing Ringing Tree has been shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Award.

The Cass Sculpture Foundation has won the British Construction Industry Small Building of the Year Award.

The Young Vic Theatre has been shortlisted for the LEAF New Build of the Year Award.

Maggie’s Centre has been shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award and the LEAF New Build of the Year Award.

Jul, 2007

The Young Vic Theatre has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize Award.

Jane Wernick has won The Construction Outstanding Achiever Award of the Inspire Awards.

Jane Wernick Associates shortlisted for the Olympic park footbridge design competition.

Jun, 2007

Jane Wernick was shortlisted for an Outstanding Achievement Award in the construction category of the Inspire Awards Recognising Women in the Built Environment.

Des Moines Public Library has won an International Award and was shortlisted for the Lubetkin Prize.

The Young Vic Theatre has won a Certificate of Merit from the Structural Steel Design Awards and an RIBA National Award.

May, 2007

The Singing Ringing Tree has won an RIBA Regional Award.

The Young Vic Theatre has won the RIBA London Building of the Year Award.

The Cass Sculpture Foundation in Goodwood, West Sussex has won an RIBA Regional Award.

Apr, 2007

Colin Jackson has joined us from Arup.

Maggie’s Centre won the American Institute of Architects UK Chapter Excellence in Design Award.

Feb, 2007

Jane Wernick was awarded an Honorary FRIBA

Nov, 2006

We have won part of the River Gardens project in Prague with Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects.

Zaha Hadid’s first permanent UK building, Maggie’s Centre at Kirkcaldy, was completed in November.

The Sure Start building in St. Anne’s, Colchester was completed in June.

Leam Cottage in Northumberland was completed in April.

SS Great Britain restoration was completed. Jane Wernick Associates along with Julian Harrap Architects did the feasibility study.

This website shows the work of Jane Wernick Associates from its inception in 1998 until 2015 when the firm was incorporated into engineersHRW. You can see the work of the combined practice at www.ehrw.co.uk.