Peter Head - 2016 “Lorenzo H. Zambrano” Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Peter Head – 2016 “Lorenzo H. Zambrano” Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

We are very pleased to be able to share the news that CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) have announced that the winner of the 2016 “Lorenzo H. Zambrano” Lifetime Achievement Award is our Founder and Chief Executive, British civil, structural, highway, and environmental engineer, Peter Head CBE. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of CEMEX Building Award, the company proudly recognizes Head for his pioneering vision and remarkable efforts and achievements in sustainable urban development.

Peter Head is recognized for developing global practices that demonstrate the effectiveness of sustainable construction. He has promoted the use of concrete, steel, and composite materials for sustainable construction, as reflected in the Second Severn Crossing Bridge in England, the Docklands Light Railway Bridge in London, and the Kap Shui Mun Bridge in Hong Kong, as well as metros in Bangkok, Copenhagen, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, among other vast works.

Head has won many honors and awards during his prestigious career, including Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to civil engineering and the environment, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering Award of Merit, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal, and an Order of the British Empire for services to bridge engineering. In 2008, he was named by The Guardian Newspaper as one of the 50 people that could save the planet, and was cited by Time magazine as one of 30 global eco-heroes. In 2012, he was one of 100 engineers and scientists selected to have his life story recorded in the aural history of Britain at the British Library.

From 2004 to 2011, Head created and directed the global planning and integrated urbanism practice of Arup group, where he led several projects including the Dongtan Eco City in China. Arup is internationally renowned for participating in buildings like the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Torre Reforma in Mexico, and more recently, the Singapore Sports Hub.

Since 2011, the award recognises Head’s work here at The Ecological Sequestration Trust, to gather renowned scientists, engineers, economists, financiers, and specialists worldwide, to help regions and communities in developing urban design plans using inclusive models that face global warming challenges and resource scarcity. 

Since 2000 and as part of the CEMEX Building Award, the “Lorenzo H. Zambrano” Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to a renowned personality within the construction industry, whose body of work has made significant contributions to the well-being of communities worldwide, and whose legacy will continue to foster sustainable building practices. This Award honors the memory of CEMEX’s former Chairman and Chief Executive, Mr. Lorenzo H. Zambrano, an industrialist and business leader who not only was instrumental in transforming CEMEX from a local cement producer into a leading global company, but also was known for his passionate commitment to nature conservancy and sustainability.

CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. Celebrating its 110th anniversary, CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.

Cemex contributed a cash sum to help us develop and then print copies of Roadmap 2030 ( which was very well received at Habitat III in Quito and which forms the basis for our Macarthur Foundation 100&Change competition bid which we will keep you informed about. Shortlisting is in December 2016. Here is our 1.5 minute presentation  (


The CEMEX press release can be found here (