Chris Wise is Co-Founder and Chair of the Useful Simple Trust based in London, United Kingdom.
He is an academic, engineer, designer and academic.
He co-founded Expedition Engineering with Seán Walsh in 1999. In 2008, Wise, Walsh and Ed McCann, the three remaining shareholders in Expedition Engineering, gave the company over to the benefit of its employees, becoming the Useful Simple Trust. The mission of the Trust is to blaze a trail in the integrated, intelligent and ethical provision of the human environment.
The trust is a group of engineers, architects, designers, consultants, communicators, facilitators, writers and strategists. They provide sustainability strategies for projects, corporate sustainability strategies, circular economy consultancy, sustainable procurement consultancy, life cycle assessments, post occupancy evaluations, GHG strategy and emissions reporting, industry engagement initiatives, research, training and capacity building.
He was Professor of Civil Engineering Design, University College London (2012-15); Master of Royal Designers, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (2007-09); and Davenport Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Yale University (2005-06).
He has been involved in projects including Shakespeare’s New Place, visitor interpretation design on the site of Shakespeare’s home in Stratford, United Kingdom (2014-17); Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) Athens Opera House & Library, Greece (2010-16), in collaboration with Renzo Piano and his team (led by Giorgio Bianchi), Arup on environmental design (led by Alistair Guthrie), and Faithful and Gould (project management); and the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, London (2009-12), winner of the IStructE Supreme Award for engineering excellence.
He has been a co-presenter at the BBC’s reconstruction of several pieces of ancient technology on Building the Impossible which constructed full-scale replicas of Drebbel’s Sunbmarine (1624); Meusniere’s Airship (1784), Egyptian Shaft Tombs (BC 1800), and a Roman catapult (after Vitruvius).
He received the Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in 2012; is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded the academy’s highest individual honor, the Silver Medal, in 2007, and became a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers by presidential invitation in 2008.