Institution of Structural Engineers

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Institution of Structural Engineers
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Established 21 July 1908 (1908-07-21)
Type Structural engineering professional association
Professional title
Chartered Engineer
Headquarters London, EC1
United Kingdom
Region served
  • Professional membership
  • Room hire
  • Find An Engineer
  • Magazine
  • Library
Key people
  • President Faith Wainwright MBE, FREng, FIStructE, FICE
  • Chief Executive Martin Powell

1. IStructE Ltd

2. Structural Engineers Registration Ltd

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a professional body for structural engineering based in the United Kingdom. It has 27,000 members operating in 105 countries. The Institution provides professional accreditation for structural engineers. It publishes a monthly magazine, The Structural Engineer. The institution also has a research journal titled Structures,[1]published by Elsevier, Inc.

The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.[citation needed]

The core work of the Institution is supporting and protecting the profession of structural engineering by upholding professional standards and acting as an international voice on behalf of structural engineers.


The Institution gained its Royal Charter in March 1934. It was established at the Ritz Hotel, London on 21 July 1908 as the Concrete Institute, as the result of a need to define standards and rules for the proper use of concrete in the construction industry. H. Kempton Dyson was one of the founder members and the first permanent secretary.[2]

The first headquarters were established at No. 8, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, London by the first President, the Right Honourable Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth, the institute's current headquarters can be found at 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom, after a move from Begravia. The Duke of Gloucester officially opened the new International Headquarters on 14 May 2015. On 22 February 1909, the Institute was incorporated under the Companies Acts 1862-1907 as a company limited by guarantee not having a capital divided into shares. It was renamed the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1922, when its areas of interest were extended to cover 'structures' of all kinds. By 1925 the Institution had 1,700 members and has continued to grow over the years.

List of Presidents[edit]

Source: [3]

Concrete Institute
Institution of Structural Engineers
  • 1920–23 Ernest Fiander Etchells
  • 1923–24 James Petrie OBE
  • 1925–26 Sir Charles Tamlin Ruthen OBE
  • 1926–28 H.J. Deane BE
  • 1928–30 John Mitchell Moncrieff CBE
  • 1930–32 R.H. Harry Stanger
  • 1932–33 Edward Charles Philip Monson TD
  • 1933–34 Sir Arnold Waters VC CBE DSO MC JP DL
  • 1934–35 Ewart S Andrews
  • 1935–36 Oscar Faber CBE
  • 1936–37 Lt-Col C.H. Fox OBE
  • 1937–38 Jack Husband
  • 1938–39 Henry Schofield Rogers CMG DSO
  • 1939–40 P.J. Black
  • 1940–40 Murray Barclay Buxton MC (killed in office)
  • 1940–41 J.F. Butler
  • 1941–43 W.K. Wallace CBE
  • 1943–44 Sir Arnold Waters VC CBE DSO MC JP DL (2nd term)
  • 1944–45 Gower B.R. Pimm
  • 1945–46 F.E. Drury OBE
  • 1946–47 H. John Collins
  • 1947–48 Sir Frederick Snow CBE
  • 1948–49 L. Scott White OBE
  • 1949–50 Leslie Turner
  • 1951–52 J.E. Swindlehurst OBE
  • 1952–53 Ernest Granter
  • 1953–54 Lt-Col R.F. Galbraith MC
  • 1954–55 S.B. Hamilton OBE
  • 1955–56 Stanley Vaughan
  • 1956–57 J. Guthrie Brown CBE
  • 1957–58 Sir Alfred Pugsley OBE FREng FRS
  • 1959–60 G.S. McDonald
  • 1960–61 Lewis E. Kent OBE
  • 1960–61 G.W. Kirkland MBE(Mil)
  • 1961–62 F.R. Bullen
  • 1962–63 E.N. Underwood
  • 1963–64 F.M. Bowen
  • 1964–65 Sir Henry Charles Husband CBE FREng
  • 1965–66 D.A.G. Reid CBE FREng
  • 1966–67 D.D. Matthews FREng
  • 1967–68 Brian Scruby CBE FREng
  • 1968–69 A.R. Collins MBE
  • 1969–70 C.B. Stone CBE DSO
  • 1970–71 Oleg Kerensky CBE FREng FRS
  • 1971–72 W.G.N. Geddes CBE FREng FRS
  • 1972–73 Kenneth Severn
  • 1973–74 Leonard R. Creasy CB OBE
  • 1974–75 Derek R.R. Dick
  • 1975–76 Peter Mason
  • 1976–77 William Eastwood FREng FIStructE FICE FIMechE
  • 1977–78 Peter Dunican CBE FREng
  • 1978–79 Sir Alan Harris CBE FREng FCGI
  • 1979–80 John Anthony Derrington CBE FREng DIC FIStructE FICE FCIArb
  • 1980–81 Michael Rex Horne OBE FREng FRS
  • 1981–82 Thomas N.W. Akroyd
  • 1982–83 Clifford J. Evans FREng
  • 1983–84 R.E. Rowe CBE FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 1984–85 A.C. Paterson CBE FREng ARCST FIStructE FICE FIMechE FCIArb
  • 1985–86 D.J. Lee CBE FREngTech DIC
  • 1986–87 Sir Edmund Happold RDI FREng
  • 1987–88 K.C. White FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 1988–89 P.L. Campbell FREng JP FCGI DIC FIStructE FICE FIMarE
  • 1989–90 James H. Armstrong OBE FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 1990–91 David W. Lazenby CBE DIC FCGI FIStructE FICE
  • 1991–92 Anthony R. Cusens OBE FREng FIStructE FICE FRSE
  • 1992–93 J.A. Waller (Hons) FCGI DIC FIStructE FICE
  • 1993–94 Howard P.J. Taylor FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 1994–95 Patrick J. Dowling CBE FREng FRS BE DIC FCGI FIStructE FICE FRINA
  • 1995–96 Brian Simpson OBE FIStructE FRSA
  • 1996–97 Brian P. Clancy JP FIStructE FICE MCIArb
  • 1997–98 Sam Thorburn CBE FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 1998–99 Les A. Clark OBE FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 1999–2000 John M. Roberts FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 2000–01 John A. Hill FREng HonDSc FIStructE FICE FIEI
  • 2001–02 David I. Blockley FREng FIStructE FICE
  • 2002–03 Robert A. McKittrick FiStructE FICE
  • 2003–04 David A. Nethercot OBE FREng FCGI FIStructE FICE
  • 2004–05 Michael W. Fordyce MEng CPEng FIStructE FIEAust
  • 2005–06 M.G.T. Dickson CBE FREng FIStructE FICE HonRIBA
  • 2006–07 David I. Harvey PEng StructEng FIStructE FICE FASCE
  • 2007–09 Sarah Buck FIStructE MICE
  • 2009–10 Graham Owens FREng FIStructE FRSA
  • 2010–11 Norman Train FIStructE
  • 2011–12 Roger Plank
  • 2012-13 John Nolan FIStructE MICE
  • 2013-14 Y.K. Cheng MICE MIStructE MHKIESCE AP RSE
  • 2014-15 Nick Russell CEng FIStructE FICE MCMI
  • 2015-16 Prof. Tim Ibell CEng FREng FIStructE FICE FHEA
  • 2016-17 Alan RL Crossman CEng FIStructE FICE MCIWEM
  • 2017-18 Ian Firth FREng BSc MSc DIC CEng FIStructE FICE FConsE
  • 2018-19 Faith Wainwright MBE FREng FIStructE FICE


By 1927 membership was in excess of 3,000, and there was some concern that the comparative ease of admission had contributed to the unsuccessful Royal Charter petition. More stringent entry requirements were introduced, resulting in a slow down of growth but an increase in standing, contributing to the second successful petition in 1934.

Membership has continued to increase steadily, both in terms of numbers and globally and currently stands at over 23,000 across over one hundred countries.[citation needed]

There are different membership levels to the Institution:

  • Student Member - for students studying courses accredited by the Institution
  • Graduate Member - for graduates of accredited courses, who have not yet taken the professional review or exam
  • Technician Member - for structural technicians, usually without degree qualifications
  • Associate Member - usually for engineers without accredited degree qualifications who have passed the Associate Membership examination
  • Associate - for members domiciled outside the European Union and have at least five years experience
  • Member - for graduates of accredited degree courses who have passed the professional review and examination
  • Fellow - for members who are deemed to have sufficient experience and to have made sufficient achievements to merit fellowship of the Institution. Any member may apply for fellowship.

Only Members and Fellows of the Institution of Structural Engineers may call themselves a Chartered Structural Engineer. To become a member it is necessary to sit and pass the professional review interview and examination.

Regional groups[edit]

As the Institution expanded, there was a demand for more regional activity and involvement, culminating in the formation of regional groups.

The Institution now has 50 groups worldwide.[4]


The Council is made up of the President, Vice-Presidents, past Presidents, members who are elected for a period of three years, representatives from regional groups and co-opted members.

The Council elects, from among its members, the 'Trustee Board', which is the governing body of the Institution.


The Library supports members of the Institution by making information available on all aspects of structural engineering. The collection contains over 35,000 items, including books, reports, journal titles, standards and audiovisual material, ranging from the 18th century to the present day. The online catalogue contains around 60,000 references. The Library also offers an E-Library service.

The Structural Engineer[edit]

The Structural Engineer is the monthly international magazine of the Institution of Structural Engineers. It contains a mix of globally sourced, peer reviewed papers, plus features on construction projects and topical issues.


The Institution of Structural Engineers presents a number of different awards to individuals and organisations for achievements in structural engineering.

Structural Awards[edit]

Established in 1968, the Structural Awards recognise and reward the work of structural designers.

The principal structural categories comprise:

  • Heritage Award buildings or Infrastructure project
  • Award for Pedestrian Bridges
  • Award for Transportation Structures
  • Award for Commercial or Retail Structures
  • Award for Education or Healthcare Structures
  • Award for Community or Residential Structures
  • Award for Sports or Leisure Structures
  • Award for Arts or Entertainment
  • Award for Industrial or Process Structures
  • Award for Small Projects
  • Award for Small Practices

The Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence is awarded to one of the winning projects from a principal category, at the discretion of the judges. However, the standard of the entries determines whether there is a clear winner who is worthy of the exceptional accolade.

Additionally, the judges may honour projects entered into the principal categories for the David Alsop Sustainability Award.

People and Papers Awards[edit]

The People and Papers Awards celebrate outstanding individual accomplishment and the best articles featured in The Structural Engineer and Structures. Awards are presented annually during a luncheon in June.

  • Sir Arnold Waters Medal recognises the best presentations to have won a Regional Group award.
  • Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award recognises the high-quality university-level teaching of structural engineering.
  • The Pai Lin Li Travel Award is an excellent opportunity for the professional development of structural engineers. Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are made to members of the Institution who wish to spend four to six weeks outside their own country studying current practice or trends related to the use of any construction material in the field of structural engineering.
  • The Kenneth Severn Award is the Institution's annual essay competition for young engineers. Each year, the question is set by the incoming President.
  • The Service Award is given for services to the Institution as a Regional Group official, an Institution representative or in some other capacity.
  • The Lewis Kent Award (previously The Certificate of Commendation) for personal services by a member to the Institution or the profession
  • The Keith Eaton Award is for dedicated, valuable, outstanding or exceptional personal contributions towards the advancement of the Institution’s international interests
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises the outstanding commitment of one individual to the activities of the Institution.
  • The Young Structural Engineering Professional Award promotes the accomplishments of young structural engineers.
  • The Murray Buxton Award is for papers of general interest.
  • The Guthrie Brown Award is for papers of merit, written by a member/s under 40 years of age.
  • The Derrington Construction Award is for papers of merit deemed to refer to construction and/or health and safety.
  • The Husband Prize is for papers of merit related to bridges.
  • The Clancy Prize is for papers of merit related to the understanding and practice of the whole life management of structures including surveys, investigations, strategic planning, testing and subsequent works to the structure.
  • The Oscar Faber Award is for papers presented for discussion at Evening Meetings or colloquia of the Institution during the year.

Maitland Lecture[edit]

The Maitland Lecture was established to celebrate the Institution's Golden Jubilee in 1958. The lecture is intended to "review some aspects of contemporary affairs by a person of distinction" with the subject of the lecture not necessarily relating to engineering and being entirely at the lecturer's discretion.

The Maitland Lecture is given biennially to commemorate the work of Major Reginald Maitland who was instrumental in shaping the Institution of Structural Engineers into the highly professional form we know today. After a distinguished military career, he was engaged in reconstruction work in France after the First World War and returned to London as a director of a contracting firm. Maitland became a member of the Institution in 1925, and served as its secretary for more than 30 years from 1930 to 1961.

Jubilee Award[edit]

The Jubilee award provide a grant to Members to research current practice or trends related to the use of any construction material in the field of structural engineering. This award was given to Dr. Mohammed Rahif Hakmi in late 1980.

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