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For over 50 years, the Structural Awards have showcased the world's most cutting edge engineering achievements.
Past winners include iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House, the Pompidou Centre and the Severn Bridge.
Presented to individuals who have made a unique and outstanding contribution to the advancement of structural engineering.
The prize was first presented in 1922, to Professor Henry Adams. Other past recipients include Felix Candela, Ove Arup, Oleg Kerensky and Edmund Happold.
Celebrating outstanding individual accomplishment by members, and the best articles featured in The Structural Engineer and Structures. Awards are presented annually during an event in June.
Our judging panel recognises the best work published in The Structural Engineer each year. Awards include:
For the best presentation to have won a Regional Group award.
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.
For papers of merit deemed to refer to construction and/or health and safety.
For papers of merit, written by a member under 40 years of age.
For papers of merit related to bridges.
Essay competition: members answer a question set by our President for the chance to win £500 and be published in The Structural Engineer.
For papers of general interest.
For papers presented for discussion at evening meetings during the year.
For papers of merit published in Structures. Awards are made by our Research Panel.
Our Nominations Committee presents awards to recognise outstanding commitment to the Institution. These include:
Showcasing innovative teaching techniques: offering a £1000 prize and the opportunity to be published in The Structural Engineer.
For exceptional contributions towards the Institution’s international interests. Keith Eaton was our Chief Executive from 1999 to December 2008.
For outstanding service by a member to the Institution or the profession. Lewis Kent was President of the Institution in 1959.
For outstanding long-term commitment by an individual to Institution activities.
For service by Regional Group officials and Institution representatives.
A competition showcasing rising talent in structural engineering: offering a £1500 cash prize and two tickets to the Structural Awards.
The Institution's design challenge lets young engineers demonstrate their ingenuity, imagination and inventiveness.
2020 Gold Medallist Dr Mike Cook gives an online lecture about his career and commitment to the climate emergency.
In his winning entry to the Institution’s Kenneth Severn Award 2020 – an annual essay competition for young engineers – Will Rogers-Tizard argues that structural engineers can help tackle the climate emergency by making better use of materials, understanding carbon values and questioning industry norms.
A presentation on the structural design of the award-winning stadium, including a look at the cable-net roof.