Climate change, artificial intelligence, and smart materials are just some of the trends that will transform the future design and function of our built environment. While it is relatively easy to identify these changes, it is much harder to assess how they will impact the design of a specific building, a masterplan or a part of a city. To understand implications and manage uncertainty we must challenge our own perception of ‘normal’ and explore what our future context will look like. We must apply strategies and processes that help us understand and anticipate the design of structures, processes and experiences of tomorrow. This talk will look at the current role and focus of foresight at Arup, one of the world’s leading professional services firm. It will feature internal and external case studies and cover some of the unique challenges of using foresight to influence architecture, design and engineering practice.