Matteo Tirapelle

MIEAust CPEng NER

Managing Director

Hera Engineering

Matteo is a Structural Chartered Professional Engineer with extensive experience in the structural design and project management of tall and super tall towers, façades, long spanning structures, and complex temporary works.

Matteo is the founder of Hera Engineering, a multi-faceted structural engineering firm with a focus on innovation, client service, and an all-encompassing approach to modern building design. He is recognised by clients to be a skilled problem-solver with strong focus on cost and buildability. Ever-mindful of modern trends, Matteo personally strives to put an emphasis on sustainability in design on all projects. In 2018 he won the prestigious 40 under 40 award which is designed to recognise Western Australia’s 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Approximately 2-3 years.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I always wanted to be involved with the organisation to assist with knowledge sharing, mentoring, and helping the profession spread sustainable design across the members. In a booming country like Australia, it’s important to not lose focus on good and efficient design, so we don’t overuse building materials, resulting in more CO2 production and global warming. By being involved, I want to help spread a culture of innovative and efficient design.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I get to meet other engineers in the profession, mentor engineers where I can, and spread my knowledge around Australia.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I’ve done few presentations about innovative design based on my European experience, and the audience was really engaged. I’ve also taken part of the CPEng mentoring program, which has been really exciting as I’ve been able to give advice to young engineers at the start of their career.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
This is a difficult one. I don’t want to over commit with volunteering, so I only do what I can manage.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
That it’s an exciting opportunity!