Judges


 
Prof Tim Ibell - Chairman of The Structural Awards Judging Panel

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

Roma Agrawal

Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer and author. 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.

Roma's first book, award-winning BUILT was published to rave reviews in February 2018, and recently she produced a podcast called Building Stories. Her children's book How Was That Built? will be released this summer, and she's currently writing her third book, Nuts and Bolts.
 



Will Arnold

Will Arnold

Will is Head of Climate Action at the IStructE (from 22 February 2021). He leads the Institution’s response to the climate emergency, bringing this action into all aspects of our work including the publication of best-practice emergency guidance. Prior to his current role, he was a practising structural engineer at Arup for over ten years, where he was responsible for key aspects of ambitious architectural projects across the world from the UK to Taiwan and Rwanda.

Will is Chair of the CIC’s 2050 Group, and helps lead the institution’s Climate Emergency Task Group. In 2017 he was presented with the Institution’s Young Structural Engineering Professional Award for his design work whilst at Arup.
 



Dr Michael Cook

Dr Michael Cook

Michael is a consultant to Buro Happold, having been a partner of the practice since 1994 and 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 is a former Vice-President of the Institution and is now Chair of their Climate Emergency Task Group. He was awarded the Institution’s Gold Medal for 2020.

In 2009 he received the IABSE Milne Medal for his contribution to structural design, and in 2017 he received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Bath for his contribution to the profession. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Creative Design in the Department of Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London.
 



Kayin Dawoodi

Kayin Dawoodi

Kayin is co-lead of a specialist-generalist concept design department at Tyréns in Sweden, developing industry expectations of the structural profession through engineering creativity, education and close collaboration.

Prior to moving to Sweden, he worked at Arup for almost 10 years. He has a background in architectural and structural design of unusual design-led projects across five continents as well as connections at leading universities. He is the current IStructE Representative in Sweden, co-founded the Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust and a past winner of the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award.
 



Tanya de Hoog

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

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.

He has completed the structural design for more than ten 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.



Paul Fast

Paul Fast

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 Firth

Ian Firth

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 and a Past President of The Institution of Structural Engineers.



Susan Giahi-Broadbent

Susan Giahi-Broadbent

Susan is a Senior Technical Director with Jacobs since 2016. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and CIHT and an active member of both Institutions involving Councils, Committees and Panels. Susan has accumulated three decades of technical expertise and leadership roles on a variety of high-profile infrastructure and building projects across the UK, Asia and Africa.

The majority of her work over recent years has involved transportation schemes with a focus on highway and rail bridges.



Tristram Hope

Tristram Hope

Tristram is a Chartered Structural Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, with 35 years of experience in multi-disciplinary building engineering design and management, having worked with several of the UK’s leading practices including BDP, BuroHappold and Arup. He is Founder and Director of independent construction consultancy Thisolutions Ltd, where he works with a wide variety of clients, principally in investigative and advisory roles.

Tristram chairs the Industrial Advisory Board for the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
 



Martin Knight

Martin Knight

Martin is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport infrastructure and is a Fellow of RIBA and the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of IStructE.

He founded international bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006 and his practice has completed more than forty 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 Maclean

Toby Maclean

Toby is a structural engineer and established Allt environmental structural engineers in 2020, a firm concentrating on addressing the urgent need to decarbonise the built environment with a particular emphasis on carbon embodied in structures.

Toby’s career so far has been one based on providing practical yet technically sophisticated and holistic solutions to diverse projects in the built environment and concentrating on design from first principles. Having served a stint with Arup after graduation, Toby spent 5 years based in the studio of an architect/artist, before establishing TALL Engineers in 2005. After merging TALL with Entuitive in 2016, Toby remained as UK Director until leaving to concentrate on Allt.
 



Michelle McDowell

Michelle McDowell

Michelle is a Principal and chair of Civil & Structural engineering at BDP, with over 35 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. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2011 was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. In 2012 she was named the ACE's Engineering Ambassador of the Year and in 2020 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Construction and Engineering. She is currently leading the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal project for BDP.
 



Don McQuillan

Don McQuillan

Don McQuillan is 2020 President of IStructE. He is a director of RPS, a global energy resources and environmental consultancy. He specialises in project managing multidisciplinary projects and in structural and forensic engineering. He was first elected to Council in 1989 and has since been involved at HQ particularly with the development of The Structural Engineer, serving on the Editorial Advisory Group until recently. He has authored many technical papers, some award winning.

Don is also a RAE Visiting Professor at Queen’s University Belfast. He is passionate about mentoring younger engineers, providing technical support and guidance to members and promoting the Institution as the world leader in structural engineering.



Dr Andrew Minson

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.



Angeliki Palla

Angeliki Palla

Angeliki Palla is a Structural Engineer at O’Connor Sutton Cronin. Originally from Greece, she studied Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, before completing postgraduate studies in General Structural Engineering at Imperial College, London. She began at OCSC in 2017 and has played an integral part in residential and commercial projects. Angeliki is an active member of the Institution, former Chair of our Young Members Panel and a STEM Ambassador.



Sam Price

Sam Price

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.



Roger Ridsdill Smith

Roger Ridsdill Smith

Roger 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 was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2010, and the IABSE Milne Medal in 2017.



Nick Russell

Nick Russell

Nick is a Director at Perega, 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.

Nick 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 of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also holds visiting professorships at the universities of East London and Surrey.
 



Kristina Scheibler-Frood

Kristina Scheibler-Frood

Kristina is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer at AECOM working in the London structures team. Over the last eight years she has been involved in the design and construction stages of major projects, specialising in retained façades, listed buildings and deep basements. Projects have included No 1 Palace Street, a luxury residential development and North West Cambridge, a highly sustainable new suburb of Cambridge.

Kristina is also committed to engaging with students of all ages and the wider community to promote the engineering industry. In recognition of her work, Kristina was awarded the IStructE’s Young Structural Engineering Professional Award 2019.
 



Elizabeth Side

Elizabeth Side

Elizabeth is a Principal Engineer at Jubb Consulting based in Cardiff and has experience in multiple sectors across the industry including health, education and residential projects. She successfully co-founded her regional IStructE Young Members Committee and has been an active member of the national Young Members Panel for several years. In 2014 along with a colleague, she won the IStructE Young Structural Engineers International Design Competition. She’s an advocate for local STEM events, and is enthusiastic about encouraging students to consider engineering as a career and believes there are great opportunities within the industry.
 



Prof Su Taylor

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.

Su 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 Terrell

Peter Terrell

Peter is Chairman of the Board of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He 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.



Judging criteria:


Submissions should detail the structural engineering characteristics of the project with a focus on illustrating why it merits consideration for an award against the category description and following overarching criteria:

•    Sustainability: innovation in material choice, positive impact on society, with reference to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Circular Economy principles, quantification of the embodied carbon footprint of the structure (not the whole project) using any named counting scheme, with commentary on how this was minimised

•    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 that demonstrate technical and/or visual elegance, including in the attention to detail, or that contribute to the elegance of the overall design solution

•    Value: 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
 

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