Conceptual Design of Bridges



This course helps engineers gain an appreciation of the process of conceptual design for bridges, in terms of both selecting a structural form to suit the constraints of a site and arranging materials and components to meet the demands of the structure in an elegant and logical way.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify how the conceptual design of a bridge is informed by physical and environmental site constraints as well as social, cultural and historical factors
  • Recognise the value of, and use sources of inspiration
  • Read a bridge design
  • Explain basic structural systems typically used in bridges
  • Select appropriate structural forms and materials
  • Form, develop and communicate a concept




Martin Knight is an architect specialising in bridge design and transport infrastructure. He founded Knight Architects in 2006 and the practice has enjoyed success in UK and international competitions, including the Merchant Square Bridge, London, the Kruunusillat Bridges, Helsinki, and four bridges at Darmstadt, Germany. Martin is a Fellow of the RIBA and IABSE.

Ian Firth is Director of COWI (UK) and a past president of The Institution of Structural Engineers. He is a world-leading expert in bridge design and construction. During his career, Ian has been involved with famous bridge projects such as the strengthening of the Severn Bridge, Erskine Bridge and West Gate Bridge, and the concept design of Stonecutters’ Bridge in Hong Kong.


Intended for

The course is aimed at all levels, from technician through to senior engineer/director level.


Entry criteria



Don't delay booking your place - if we have not received enough bookings to break even one month before the date of the course, we will have to cancel it.

Event Information

Eventbrite - Conceptual Design of Bridges

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date
02/04/2019 - 03/04/2019

10:00 - 17:30

£475 + VAT for Members
(Early bird £427 + VAT)

£615 + VAT for Non-Members
(Early bird £553 + VAT)

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom

Martin Knight and Ian Firth

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