Gabriela Tufare is one of our talented structural engineers who’s worked in New Zealand and Spain on concrete, steel and timber structures. Hailing from Argentina, she is also a qualified architect. Gabriela shares a bit about her background below.
What were you doing before you moved to New Zealand?
I spent 13 years working as a structural engineer in Barcelona, predominantly on commercial and residential buildings. I moved there from Argentina once I graduated University. While I studied architecture, my course also covered structural engineering and I realised that’s where my passion lay, so I decided to do my Master degree in Structural Engineering in Barcelona and work in this field from the outset.
Why did you decide to move to New Zealand?
Spain was going through an economic crisis and I decided it was time for a change. New Zealand had everything I was looking for (beautiful and safe country, nice people and stable economy) and offered a professional challenge as in Spain I didn’t have the chance to do much seismic engineering
What do you enjoy about your role?
Every project is different, and offers new challenges. My job gives me the chance to use science, maths and creative thinking to solve problems. It’s really gratifying, and I have the chance to keep on learning with every project What’s the most memorable project on which you’ve worked? I guess that most of the projects I’ve worked on have something memorable in different ways but if I have to choose one It would be the University of Auckland’s new school of engineering building (B405) which is currently being constructed. I’m the project engineer in charge of the Atrium, a small part of the building if compared with the main tower but very complex.