Our history

The Institution was originally founded in 1908 as the Concrete Institute. Since 1922 we have been known as the Institution of Structural Engineers.

 

Updated 11 March 2020

 

1908 

Concrete Institute founded as the representative body for professions related to concrete. Edwin Sachs (1870-1919), an esteemed architect, is the driving force behind the Institute’s foundation

Membership consists of architects, engineers, chemists, manufacturers and surveyors. 

The first meeting of Council takes place in the smoking room at the Ritz Hotel on 21 July.

 

1909

Institute becomes incorporated under The Companies Act (1862-1907).

 

1912

Scope of Institute widened to embrace all areas of structural engineering, particularly steel frames.

Structural engineering defined as "that branch of engineering which deals with the scientific design, the construction and erection of structures of all kinds of material". 

 

1919

Victoria Cross awarded to future Institution President, Major Arnold Waters.

 

1922 

Concrete Institute name changed to the Institution of Structural Engineers.

First Gold Medal awarded, to Professor Henry Adams.

 

1924 

Name of journal becomes The Structural Engineer (previously Journal of the Institution of Structural Engineers).

 

1926

First woman member elected: Florence Mary Taylor, as an Associate Member.

 

1934

Institution granted Royal Charter.

 

1938

Institution moves to number 11, Upper Belgrave Street, London.

 

1947

Mary Irvine (later Lindsay) is the first women to be elected a Chartered Member.

 

1954

Marjem Chatterton is the first woman elected as a Fellow.

 

1964

The Institution becomes a Registered Charity.

 

1968

Institution celebrates its Diamond Jubilee.

First Structural Award winner named: The Severn Bridge, by Freeman Fox and Partners.

 

1986 

First international agreement signed, an agreement of cooperation with the China Civil Engineering Society.

 

2007

Dr Sarah Buck named Institution’s first woman President.

 

2008

Institution celebrates its centenary

 

2013

New headquarters building purchased at 47-58 Bastwick Street, London.

 

2015

Institution moves to Bastwick Street.

 

 

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