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Paul Hutter, Director

Paul set up Balanced Structures after working for 15 years for large consultancy companies in London and Sydney, including 10 years at AKT II where he was a Design Director. Paul is a chartered Structural Engineer with the IStructE and is an interviewer for the IStructE as part of the charted professional review.  He wants to share the knowledge he has gained to offer a unique and experienced view on new projects.

He is hands-on in helping and developing integrated architectural and structural solutions, based on innovative ideas and collaborative working. He is also passionate about ensuring all his projects balance his environmental aspirations with the client’s needs.

Some of his previous projects include 30 Grosvenor Square (the former American Embassy) South Bank Tower, HyLo (Finsbury Tower), Sainsbury Laboratory, Dubai Creek Footbridge and Lincoln St Marks.

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Nick Cheek 

Nick joined in 2022 and brings a wide range of project experience to the Balanced Structures team. Prior to joining he worked as an Associate Director at IESIS where, as part of the Islington Square development, he delivered the conversions of the Grade II listed Royal Mail sorting office into residential flats.

Nick has also worked on a range of high-end domestic scale projects including the UK’s first PassivHaus basement, Chiswick Eco Lodge and the refurbishment of Eaton Square, which is within the Grosvenor Estate, with Eric Parry Architects.

Nick is passionate about charity work and has completed several projects with Article 25, including The Bethel School in Burkina Faso.

Krzysztof Zdanowicz

Krzysztof is an Associate Engineer with 13 years of industry experience. He worked at AKT II in London as a Parametric Designer and a Structural Engineer for eight years, when he was involved in a range of projects. Krzysztof led the design of Macintosh House, an extension of the King Edward VII private hospital, and worked on the rejuvenations of Finsbury Tower (HyLo) and 81 Newgate Street (BT center).

In 2020 Krzysztof moved his family back home to Poland, and he works remotely from there.


Marian Chirianu

Marian joined at the end of 2021, having previously been an Associate Engineer and Team Leader at AKT II, where he met Paul and Krzysztof. At AKT II, Marian was an Associate Director and led the design of the Stirling Price winning Town House, for Kingston University and the RIBA award winning The Ray, Farringdon.

Marian is passionate about sustainable design and leads the technical design on Balanced Structures' bespoke timber projects. Marian is a chartered Structural Engineer with the IstructE and worked in London for eight years before returning to Bucharest. He works remotely from there.

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