Alison Groves is regional director at WSP in Africa. Groves has been involved in the 'green' movement in South Africa since its inception in 2007 and is a Green Star accredited professional.
She is particularly interested in designing resilience into buildings, thereby future proofing against resource scarcities and the effects of climate change on the urban environment. A fundamental principle of her approach is to find synergies between systems and materials used, maximising potential for passive design, and create spaces that are focused on the happiness, health and general well-being of the people occupying the space.
Having worked closely with the Green Building Council South Africa since its inception, she has been involved in the development of a number of the Green Star rating tools, serves as Green Star assessor, and sits on the GBCSA Technical Advisory Group.
Groves has won several awards, including winner of the highest rated Green Star Building - Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre in 2013, the Leadership Award for the Most Established Green Star Accredited Professional in 2015 and was part of the award-winning team for the ETA Innovation Award in 2012.
According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...