Kenneth Severn Award

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 award is open to members and non-members of the Institution who are 28 years of age or under, on 1 January of the year of entry.

The Award commemorates Kenneth Severn, President of the Institution from 1972-73, and is supported by the late Mr Severn's family.


2018 question

What will structural engineering practice look like in 10-15 years' time and how can our professional community help us prepare for this?

Question set by 2018 President, Faith Wainwright.

The winner will receive:
  • The prestigious Kenneth Severn Diploma
  • A cash prize of £500
The winning paper will also be considered for publication in The Structural Engineer.

Answers should be in the form of a written paper (max. 1500 words) and may include relevant imagery that supplements the text.

The judges will be looking for originality, value to the structural engineering profession and clarity of presentation. 


The 2018 Award is now closed for entries.

Previous winners

2017 winners

The winner of the Kenneth Severn Award 2017 was Amy Cleaves. Read Amy's winning entry in The Structural Engineer.

Alastair Low-Macrae, Matthew Powell and Krishna Prasad Menon also received commendations.

2016 winners

The winner of the Kenneth Severn Award 2016 was Robert Jackson. Read Robert’s winning entry in The Structural Engineer.

Richard Boyd and Ronan Carlin also received commendations.


Find out more...

All of the pages on this website are the copyright © of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7235 4535 Fax: +44 (0)20 7235 4294
Registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales No. 233392 and in Scotland No. SC038263
Follow us on: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Youtube The Structural Engineer Jobs