Tanya de Hoog is a world-leading structural engineer placing impact at the centre of structural engineering. As a Principal at structural engineering and design firm Thornton Tomasetti, Tanya has built a global platform for driving social and environmental innovation across the industry. After almost fifteen years establishing, growing and leading the firm’s London, Farrington office, in 2019 she moved to New York to launch the firm’s pioneering social impact initiative, Doing Good Business. The initiative leverages the company’s expertise and innovative approaches to deliver positive change to communities across the globe. Through this role, Tanya has developed and implemented strategies that use design to elevate communities in areas such as housing, education, healthcare, arts, and culture.
A chartered engineer in both Australia and the United Kingdom, Tanya has worked on diverse and award-winning projects across Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia, designing complex, world-class structures including stadia, long span, cultural, tall, residential, community and mixed use developments. With a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Wollongong and a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge, she is renowned for her creative and innovative approach to design, highlighted by projects such as Wimbledon No. 1 Court Stadium, Basra Sports City in Iraq, and the Windmill Hill Archive and Study Centre in Waddesdon, UK.
Tanya is an influential industry leader and board member of The Institution of Structural Engineers where she is set to be president in 2024 bringing with her a focus on engineering for people and planet. Tanya has been instrumental in the evolution of embodied carbon within her firm, and is working across industry to develop new strategies to support structural engineers to reduce carbon in their designs and improve the environmental impact of the built environment. As one of the few women who has risen to global leadership in the male dominated field of structural engineering, Tanya has led a greater focus on gender diversity within the industry. She is a founding member of The Equilibrium Network, a global organisation working to ensure women have equal influence in the design and delivery of the built environment, and is a vocal advocate for creating a more inclusive industry. She has also made a significant contribution to the development of the next generation of engineers, as a Visiting Teaching Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) masters course at the University of Cambridge, and in September 2022 will join the Industrial Advisory Board at Imperial College London for their civil & environmental engineering degree. She is a mentor to young women pursuing careers in her field as well as actively supporting senior level women to achieve deserved recognition. Her vision is for a more inclusive industry, focused on good design, climate action, financial and social equity, repurposing of the built environment and engineering for humanity.