Fiona Cousins is the leader of the sustainability team in the New York office of Arupand is one of the leaders of the Building Engineering team. She is also a member of the Arup Americas board. Fiona holds a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Cambridge and has spent her career engaged in HVAC design, with an area of specialization in thermal comfort, building physics and energy efficiency. She developed a strong interest in sustainability during the 1990s and has been working since then to incorporate sustainability into her projects. She also holds a degree in interdisciplinary design and has spent much of her professional career integrating design across disciplines on complex projects.
She has worked on a wide range of projects from sustainability consulting and resilience plans to design work on museums, trading floors, laboratories, libraries and performing art centers. She served for two years as the chair of Urban Green and is currently the chair-elect of the board of USGBC. She also co-authored Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate.