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Roma Agrawal is a multi-award winning structural engineer. She has designed bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures with signature architects. She spent six years working on The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, designing the foundations and the ‘Spire’. Her work has been featured extensively in the media, including coverage in the Guardian, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and ‘The Tallest Tower’, a Channel 4 documentary on The Shard in which she was the only woman featured. She was included in M&S’s ‘Leading Ladies’ campaign in 2014, and outside of work promotes engineering and scientific careers to young people, in particular to women and under-represented groups. In her new book Built, Agrawal takes a unique look at how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach hundreds of metres into the sky.