Tony Gibbs

Tony Gibbs is a civil engineer specializing in structures and practising in the Caribbean and elsewhere. He did his undergraduate studies at The Queen's University of Belfast (BSc Civil Engineering, 1961) and he was a Commonwealth Scholar at The University of Leeds. His engineering career included assignments with Norman & Dawbarn at the UWI campus in St Augustine; Ove Arup & Partners in London and Caribbean Construction Company in Jamaica. He is now a Consultant to Consulting Engineers Partnership Ltd with active offices in four Eastern Caribbean islands. He is Past President of The Barbados Association of Professional Engineers; Past Vice President of The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE HQ in UK); Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers (HQ in UK); Fellow of The American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Mr Gibbs has acted as Associate Project Manager for the Caribbean Uniform Building Code; Chairman of the Barbados Metrication Board; Deputy Chairman of the Barbados National Council for Science & Technology; Chairman of the Barbados Building Standards Authority Advisory Committee; Director of the American Association for Wind Engineering; Member of the General Assembly of The International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE); Member of The International Codification Forum of the IAWE; Chairman of the Caribbean Division of The Institution of Structural Engineers. He is currently Secretary General of the Council of Caribbean Engineering Organisations; Executive Board Member and Trustee of the IStructE and a Member of Scientific Planning Group on Natural Hazard Risk Reduction of the International Science Council (Latin America and Caribbean). He was a member of the Joint Board of Moderators (UK) 1995 team assessing The University of the West Indies BSc Civil Engineering degree programme. In 1991 he received the International Award "For (his) Very Significant Contributions to Hurricane Loss Reduction and Hurricane Safety in the Caribbean" at the US National Hurricane Conference; and an award "In Recognition of (his) Contribution to the Advancement and Promotion of Structural Engineering in the Caribbean" from The Barbados Association of Professional Engineers. In 1998 he received the award of "Career of Excellence in Engineering" from the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago. In 2003 Mr Gibbs received the Lewis Kent Award from The Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) for services to engineering and to The Institution. Mr Gibbs received the UN-ISDR Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction in 2007. In 2010 he was named as a Caribbean Icon in Science, Technology & Innovation by the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (Trinidad & Tobago).
Location: international headquarters in UK , London
Organisation: Institution of Structural Engineers
Role: Trustee and Council Member
Areas of interest / Expertise:
  • Mr Gibbs' special interests are in the fields of reinforced and prestressed concrete; thin shell and folded-plate structures; collaborative design in multi-disciplinary teams and designing against the natural hazards of hurricanes and earthquakes. He is particularly interested in the interrelationship between engineering and insurance. He has devoted much of his time to the particular problems related to the structural design of hospitals in areas subject to hurricanes and earthquakes.