Prof Tim Ibell - Chairman of The Structural Awards Judging Panel
Tim was President of The Institution of Structural Engineers in 2015, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has a passion for celebrating creativity within our profession, and for using this creativity to inspire students. Tim has been Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Bath since 2003, including a year's interlude as the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2017/18.
Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer and Associate Director at AECOM. From footbridges and sculptures, to train stations and skyscrapers – including The Shard – she has left an indelible mark on London’s landscape. She is a tireless promoter of engineering and technical careers to young people, particularly under-represented groups such as women. She has advised policymakers and governments on science education, and has given talks to thousands around the world at universities, schools and organisations, including two for TEDx.
Will is a Senior Structural Engineer at Arup, and was recipient of the Institution’s 2017 Young Structural Engineering Professional Award. He has worked with some of the world’s leading architectural firms, and is known for his passion for the celebration of structural form and its integration with architecture and services engineering. Will is a visiting tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Nottingham University, and sits on the Editorial Advisory Group for The Structural Engineer magazine.
Dr Michael Cook
Michael is a Partner of BuroHappold, having been Chairman from 2011 to 2017. He is well known in the industry for his significant contribution to designing innovative buildings and enhancing the reputation of the profession. Mike was a Vice-President of The Institution of Structural Engineers 2015/6 and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2009, he received the IABSE Milne Medal for his contributions to structural design and in 2017 received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Bath for his contribution to the profession. He is Professor of Creative Design in the Department of Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Kayin is a Lead Structural Engineer at Sweco in Sweden and a Founding Trustee of Bridges to Prosperity’s UK Charitable Trust. With an architectural background and a passion for anything unusual, his work focuses on delivering desirable solutions, including developing Bridges to Prosperity's suspension footbridge design processes. Kayin was the winner of the Institution's 2014 Young Structural Engineering Professional Award.
Since establishing his own structural engineering consultancy in 1985, Paul Fast has had the opportunity to work on iconic buildings in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With offices in Frankfurt, New York, Seattle and Vancouver, his firm has been recognized with more than 80 national and international engineering awards, including the prestigious Supreme Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers based on London, England for the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC.
Ian is currently a Director of COWI (formerly Flint & Neill). He is a world leading expert in bridge design and construction. During his career Ian has been involved with world famous bridge projects like the strengthening of the Severn Bridge, Erskine Bridge and West Gate Bridge, and the concept design of Stonecutters’ Bridge in Hong Kong, as well as many smaller pedestrian bridges such as the new Inner Harbour Bridge in Copenhagen. He is also a leading advocate of bridge-building charity Bridges to Prosperity. Ian is a Past President of The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Prof Ding Jiemin
Prof. Ding Jiemin had been the President and Chief Engineer of Tongji Architectural Design Co., Ltd., a multi-disciplinary design office with a strength of 3,800 based in Shanghai, China from1998-2017. Throughout his career Professor Ding has demonstrated dedication to scientific research and excellence in structural engineering design. He specialises in steel structures, super high-rise buildings and long-span complex structural systems. He has published over 200 papers in Chinese and international journals. He is the Executive Director of the China Civil Engineering Society and China Architecture Society, and Head of Editorial Board of the highly influential “Building Engineering” in China. He is currently a Member of Council, and Chairman of the China Regional Group of The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Tanya de Hoog
Tanya is a founding director of Thornton Tomasetti’s London office. Her professional experience spans Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia, where she has worked on a diverse range of projects that focus on engineering creativity and innovation with an intent to foster good design. Celebrating the contribution structural engineering can bring to society, as well as the promoting the importance of continued education and application of sound engineering principles and their relevance to emerging technologies are of significant importance to Tanya.
Tristram is the founder and Chairman of independent construction consultancy THiSolutions Ltd, with particular expertise in sustainable design. He is the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design and Sustainability for the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds and a founder member of the Construction Industry Council regional branch for Yorkshire and the Humber.
Martin is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport infrastructure. He founded international bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006 following nine years at Wilkinson Eyre Architects, where he was responsible for bridges including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge. His practice completed multiple bridges at Stratford City for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the £14m Hatea River Crossing in New Zealand, and twin 100m-long footbridges at Leverkusen in Germany.
Toby was educated at Cambridge University, graduating with a first-class master’s degree in engineering. In early 2005, Toby established TALL, a structural engineering consultancy providing practical yet technically sophisticated solutions to diverse projects in the built environment and concentrating on design from first principles. In September 2016 TALL merged with Canadian structural engineering firm Entuitive and Toby continues to take a lead role in the UK.
Michelle is a Principal at BDP, with over 30 years’ experience of design and delivery of many challenging, innovative, and award-winning projects. In 2010, Michelle was awarded an MBE for services to the construction industry. In 2011, she was awarded a fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering and was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. In 2012 she was named the ACE's Engineering Ambassador of the Year and in 2014 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Construction Awards. She is currently leading the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal project for BDP.
Andrew is Executive Director at MPA responsible for The Concrete Centre and British Precast. He is currently chair of the Design Committee Design Practice, Risk and Structural Safety Committee of The Institution of Structural Engineers. He joined The Concrete Centre in 2004 following 10 years with Arup in building engineering where he worked in multi-disciplinary teams.
Sam founded Price & Myers with Robert Myers in 1978. His many award-winning new buildings and alterations include many of the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. He has provided advice on York Minster and on the cathedrals at Oxford and Canterbury, and on two Coptic monasteries in Egypt. He has lectured at Cambridge, Glasgow, Trieste, Bergen, Hong Kong, and Vancouver. He was for twelve years a member of the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.
Su is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Dean of Research for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science, at Queen’s University Belfast. She is passionate about inspiring structural design creativity in the next generation of structural engineers and was the Programme Director for the MEng in Structural Engineering with Architecture for over a decade. She has close links with the local engineering profession through successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), and one of her KTPs was awarded the UK Overall Best KTP out of 1000 eligible Partnerships. She was the UK Academic Ambassador for KTP in 2014. Su was also elected as Vice-President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII) in October 2016.
Roger Ridsdill Smith
Roger Ridsdill Smith is the Head of the Structural Engineering team at Foster + Partners. He is a Fellow of The Institution of Structural Engineers and a licensed professional engineer and structural engineer in the United States. He won the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2010.
Peter is founder and President of Terrell Group Consulting Engineers. After early years with Ove Arup, Peter set up as sole practitioner in 1982 in Paris, building a practice that is today recognised as one of the leading structural engineering consultancies in France, with over 100 employees. He has been at the forefront of many successful projects including the Doha Tower (CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide 2012) and the DR Byen Concert Hall in Copenhagen.
The judging process
The judging process is comprised of three stages.
- Firstly, a panel of eminent judges independently review all entries and award points based on evidence of the judging criteria.
- The highest scoring entries are then evaluated by a ‘sitting judging panel’ to establish the shortlist.
- Finally, an invited judging panel meet to decide category winners. The final judging panel is comprised only of judges who do not have a potential conflict of interest with any of the shortlisted projects.
Submissions should focus on the structural engineering characteristics of the project. The judges will be asked to review entries against the following criteria:
- Excellence: characteristics that place the structural engineering solution well beyond the ordinary, including demonstrable examples of how the structural design enabled the project to meet or exceed the client's expectations.
- Creativity and innovation: 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.
- Elegance and detailing: engineering structures which demonstrate technical and/or visual elegance, including in the attention to detail, or which contribute to the elegance of the overall design solution.
- Sustainability: structural solutions which implement sustainable techniques and technologies, as demonstrated through efficiency, the specification of materials, recycling and reuse, socio-economic factors, carbon reduction and other factors.
- Value: economic viability and value for money in the structural solution, as well as non-financial indicators of value.