2021
YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

WINNER

JONATHAN CHAMBERS

Harrison Grierson

Jonathan is an environmental engineer and an outstanding young leader and communicator. Aged 26, his relentless enthusiasm and drive extend far beyond his specialist skills in flood hazard management, water sensitive urban design, community-scale climate resilience, and sustainability.

Deeply concerned about the impact of climate change and the growing wealth and wellbeing inequalities in Aotearoa, Jonathan believes its vital inter-generational perspectives be heard on challenging national issues. In 2019, aged 24, Jonathan was appointed to the Harrison Grierson Board as Emerging Director – a 12-month role only held previously by senior staff. His contribution has been significant.

He leads embedding integrated sustainability decision-making across the organisation and puts sustainability at the heart of design and advisory services. His work involves developing catchment management plans and flood models to understand the impact of new developments on people, property and the environment. 

He describes climate change as an existential crisis and believes young perspectives must be heard on this critical issue. Jonathan is committed to leading collaborative networks of young industry professionals and has connected thousands of people by hosting numerous industry events.  

FINALISTS

Akshat Malhotra
Beca
Dany Rassam
Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)
Jess Orpwood
WSP