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.
Kayin is a Senior Structural Engineer and Business Developer at Sweco Sweden. With architectural roots and a passion for the unusual, he focuses on extra-ordinary projects and structures; requiring divergent and innovative approaches to design. He champions the roles that both people and technology play in a rapidly transformative structural profession, celebrating collaboration through holistic and creative methods.
Kayin was co-Founder of Bridges to Prosperity’s UK Charitable Trust; his work with B2P was recognised by the Institution's 2014 Young Structural Engineering Professional Award.
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.
Prof Jiemin Ding
Professor Ding is the Chief Engineer of Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. Throughout his career he has demonstrated dedication to the excellence in structural engineering design. Professor Ding specialises in steel structures, super high-rise buildings and long-span complex structural systems. Up to now, he has completed the structural design for more than 10 high-rise buildings above 250m and more than 80 sports buildings. Professor Ding is a council member of The Institution of Structural Engineers and he was awarded the Gold Medal 2018 by The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Daniel spent his early career at Price & Myers in London where he developed a specialism in conservation, enjoying work on a variety of interesting buildings with historic significance. His involvement in several high-profile and award-winning projects was recently commended by the Institution, naming him winner of the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award 2018. Daniel is currently at Equilibrium Consulting, a pioneering timber engineering firm based in Vancouver.
Since establishing his own structural engineering consultancy in 1985, Paul Fast has worked on iconic buildings in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With offices in Frankfurt, New York, Seattle and Vancouver, his firm has become a leader in the design of hybrid structures, which include the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, winner of the 2016 Supreme Award, the 18 storey TallWood House at the University of British Columbia, and the 2010 Richmond Olympic Oval.
Ian is a world-leading expert in bridge design and construction. During his career he 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.
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. His practice has completed more than thirty bridges in the UK and internationally, including the award-winning Merchant Square Bridge in London, the iconic Lower Hatea River Crossing in New Zealand, and the 270m-long Ulm Kienlesbergbrücke in Germany.
Toby is a structural engineer and Principal at Entuitive, an international consulting engineering practice with offices in the UK, Canada and the United States. Toby previously founded TALL Engineers, an award-winning structural engineering consultancy known for providing practical yet technically sophisticated solutions to diverse projects in the built environment and concentrating on design from first principles. TALL merged with Entuitive in 2016, and Toby holds the role of UK Director and sits on the company’s technical board.
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.
Dr Andrew Minson
Andrew is Director of Concrete and Sustainable Construction at the Global Cement and Concrete Association. He is currently chair of the Design Practice, Risk and Structural Safety Committee of The Institution of Structural Engineers and a member of the Engineering Leadership Group. He had 10 years with Arup in building engineering where he worked in multi-disciplinary teams on international projects before 14 years leading The Concrete Centre in the UK.
Simon has over 40 years of construction industry experience. He is a consultant and joint founder of Craddys, a 60-strong structural and civil engineering consultancy. Simon is also a Director of Arc Bauen, construction managers, a member of the Institution’s Editorial Advisory Group, occasional speaker and media commentator.
Sam founded Price & Myers with Robert Myers in 1978. He has structured many award-winning new buildings, with a particular interest in theatres and concert halls. He has advised on a number of cathedrals, and is a member of the Cathedral Architects Association. 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.
Julia is an independent Structural Engineering consultant and founded scale consulting in 2018 after seven years as a Director of Expedition Engineering. In her twenty-five year career, she has worked for consultancies in the UK and overseas as well as with international development organisations. She is a founding member of the Institution’s Humanitarian and International Development panel, a Design Council CABE built environment expert and has served on award judging panels for RIBA London and BCSA.
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.
Nick is a Director at Thomasons, an 80-strong organisation of consulting engineers specialising in civil and structural engineering, glass engineering and building surveying. His extensive experience spans many sectors, including commercial, retail, industrial, education, residential and major losses. He has a passion for conceptual design and in making structures as effective as possible. Nick is a Past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Prof Su Taylor
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. 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. Su was elected as Vice-President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII) in 2016.
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 detail the structural engineering characteristics of the project with a focus on demonstrating why it should win and relevance to the category descriptions. Typically, the judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate the following:
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 good 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.
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.
economic viability and value for money in the structural solution, as well as non-financial indicators of value.
Ease of constructability:
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.