The Pai Lin Li Travel Award
Excellent opportunity for the professional development of structural engineers
The Pai Lin Li Travel Award is an unrivalled opportunity for young members to pursue innovative and creative ideas within the context of structural engineering and the built environment.
The Educational Trust provides grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to Institution members who wish to study current practice or trends outside of their own country. Studies of innovative materials and construction techniques are particularly encouraged.
The Award provides a fantastic opportunity to spend four to six weeks experiencing the technical, economic, social and political conditions in another country and to examine how these various factors affect the practice of structural engineering. The scheme enables members to broaden their experience and test their ideas with world experts.
Winners of Award grants have the opportunity to share their findings during an evening lecture at the Institution’s London headquarters.
- Kavinda Isuru Nanayakkara for the paper 'Shell Structures from Catalan to Mapungubwe, Lessons from Structural Efficiency for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries'
- Amy Brander for the paper 'The Next Generation Of Buildings: Wired for Health and Wellbeing'
||Closed until January 2019
||Members interested in studying abroad
||Grants of £1,000 - £3,000
||A completed application cover page
A detailed proposal (of around 800-1,200 words) giving the objectives of the study, an itinerary of places and people to be visited (who should have already been contacted), and a statement of expected costs.
Name and contact details of two referees
A supporting statement from your employer
Previous award winners
2017 award winners
- Charlotte Elizabeth Murphy for 'Bridges for Manufacture and Assembly: Innovative joining technologies of precast concrete elements'
- James Matthew Lomas for 'Designing for Change: A New Approach to Residential Construction'
2016 award winners
- Jacob Borchers for his research proposal ‘Post-Earthquake Assessment of Seismic Resistant Schools and Attitudes to their Design and Construction in Nepal’
- Victoria Richardson for her research proposal ‘3D printing becomes concrete: Exploring the structural potential of concrete 3D printing'
2015 award winners
- Daniel Bergsagel for his title ‘Disassembling Detroit’
2014 award winners
- Ian Hamilton for his research proposal ‘Green Building in Sri Lanka: Understanding the Challenge of Embodied Energy in Tropical Buildings’
- Marc Easton for his research proposal ‘Biorock as a material for structural use’
2013 award winners
- Nathan Fieldsend for his research proposal 'The use of prefabrication for low-cost, sustainable housing in developing countries'