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When can I buy tickets to attend the Structural Awards?

Tickets for the Structural Awards taking place on 11 November at The Brewery, London are available to purchase now. Please click here to book your tickets.

Why enter?

The Structural Awards recognise and celebrate the immense skill structural engineers demonstrate across a vast range of structures and disciplines.

Winning a Structural Award means: 

  • Recognition of your achievements by our expert judging panel

  • Extensive media coverage and publicity of your work

  • A celebration of the technical expertise and hard work of your team 

  • A spotlight on your organisation’s commitment to sustainable practices across design and construction

  • A showcase of projects that have tangible benefits for end-users and make a positive impact on communities

  • Joining a remarkable group of Structural Award-winners that enhance the reputation of the profession and inspire others

  • Boosting your business by establishing new relationships and reaching new clients 

When can I enter?

The Structural Awards is closed for entries for 2022. Entries for the Structural Awards 2023 will open in January.

What is the judging process?

The Structural Awards have a two-stage judging process:

  1. The judging panel independently review all entries and award points based on the judging criteria and relevance to category descriptions to decide the shortlist.

  2. The panel meet to decide the winning projects

    NB: Judges will absent themselves from any discussions where they may have a vested interest.

What are the judging criteria?

This year we have introduced new judging criteria designed to ensure that the Structural Awards recognise and celebrate the immense skill structural engineers demonstrate across a vast range of structures.

All entries will be judged in response to four key attributes that exemplify structural engineering achievement:

  • Planet

    Your entry may consider efficiency of design, sustainability, resilience, response to local conditions, regeneration, circular economy principles, alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    All entries must submit quantification of the embodied carbon footprint of the structure (not the whole project) using the IStructE carbon calculator tool.

  • People

    Your entry may consider collaborative design and procurement, adding value for the client and stakeholders and/or impact on communities through local upskilling or creative problem-solving. How does this project benefit its end users and society more widely?

  • Process

    Your entry may consider technical achievement and innovation, influencing briefs to achieve desired outcomes, and/or the appreciation of craft and artistry in the final product. You could give examples of originality and the application of new and improved technologies and processes in the structural design, particularly where these have led to greater efficiency and economy in the solution.

  • Profession

    Your entry answer may consider how the project/project team has inspired others, raised standards of design and execution, and/or enhanced the reputation of the profession. If you’ve used novel materials or technologies, then how will the wider profession benefit from this? Have you disseminated your design to others, shared knowledge outside the immediate project team or used this design educationally within or outside of your organisation?

It is recognised that some projects will demonstrate strength in response to one of the key attributes rather than relevance to all four. In order for the judging process to consider entries fairly the scoring will be weighted towards the response to one of the four required attributes and the project submission's overall narrative.

Why are there no longer awards categories?

This year the decision has been taken to remove the previous categories. This is because the judging panel welcome any and all submissions that demonstrate structural engineering achievement.

The only requirement is that your project celebrates the incredible skill of structural engineers in relation to at least one of the four key attributes of Planet, People, Process and Profession. The panel will score all entries in relation to these criteria and the highest scoring projects will form the shortlist.

The shortlist will be announced at an online event on 8 September 2022. The 10 best projects will receive a Structural Award at the ceremony on 11 November 2022, culminating in the announcement of this year’s Supreme award for structural engineering achievement; recognising to the very best of the best.

What type of project is suitable for entry?

The Structural Awards welcome entries from around the world and is open to projects of all sizes. The project must have been completed or be due for completion in the stated time period each year.

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter into the Structural Awards. In previous years it was a requirement for a project to be backed by an Institution member representative however we have removed this condition to facilitate a wider breadth of entries globally. 

Typically, entries come from the structural engineering practice involved on the project however this is not a requirement. 

NB: It is important to note that all companies involved in a project must agree to enter the Awards before any application is submitted. Joint ventures or group projects are also welcome to enter but this should be identified in Step 1 on the entry form. 

Can I enter more than one project?

There are no restrictions on the number of projects that can be entered.

Can I submit my entry via hard copy?

No. We must receive your entry via the online system provided. If you have problems with our online system, please call the Events Team on +44 (0)20 7201 9824.

What is the deadline for entries?

The deadline has passed for entry into the 2022 Awards. 

What is the charge to submit my project?

The entry fee is £275 + VAT

If the entry fee is prohibitive to your participation in the Awards discounts are available. Please contact [email protected] to discuss.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept the following:

  • Online payment via credit or debit card

  • Bank transfer (BACS) via an invoice

I am submitting more than one project, can I pay for them all together?

Yes. Multiple entries can either be paid for individually or added together onto one online payment.

Are there any Terms & Conditions to be aware of?

To enter your project(s) in the Structural Awards 2022, your entry must adhere to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Your complete entry (part 1: online entry form, part 2: written submission and part 3: payment) must be received by the extended deadline on 12:00 BST on 9 May 2022.

  2. Entries may be submitted by any company involved in the project, but all members of the project team, including the client, must have given consent for the project to be entered in the competition.

  3. All project accreditation between project team members must be agreed prior to making the entry. Please note that if a discrepancy arises between project team members, the project will be ineligible for consideration until the issue is resolved.

  4. The project must be completed, or be due for completion, between 12 April 2021 and 26 April 2022.

  5. Entry will only be accepted via our website. All documents and information must be submitted as instructed.

  6. The judges’ decision on all shortlisted entries and winners is final. It is not possible to provide individual feedback for entries that are not shortlisted.

  7. Information submitted, and photographic copyright of any project images, will remain with the authors. Image files and illustrated reports must be clearly identified in the file name in order for authors to be credited. However, by submitting an entry you consent to the IStructE using all information and media in any of its communications. This may include, but is not limited to, print and digital marketing, PR and exhibition purposes. The Institution may allow third parties (e.g. journalists) to use such works for the purposes of promoting the Structural Awards. 

For any queries please contact the Events Team on [email protected]

When will shortlisted projects be announced?

The shortlist for the Structural Awards 2022 was announced on Thursday 8 September 2022 at a free online event. You can view the shortlisted projects here.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at the Structural Awards 2022 Ceremony and Dinner taking place on 11 November at The Brewery, London EC1Y 4SD. Book your tickets for the event now.

Where can I find out more about The Institution of Structural Engineers?

The Institution is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to structural engineering.

Professional membership is one of the leading global benchmarks of competence and technical excellence. Members undergo rigorous technical assessment and commit to continual learning and development.

The Institution drives higher standards and shares knowledge because its members’ work is vital to public safety and meeting the challenges of the future.

The Institution provides a voice for its members, promoting their contribution to society as innovative, creative problem solvers and the guardians of public safety.

Learn more on our About us page.

How has the pandemic affected the awards?

Due to the pandemic, the awards did not take place as normal in 2020. Instead, entries from 2020 and 2021 were judged together, and a combined shortlist and winners were announced at the Structural Awards in November 2021.