Young Structural Engineering International Design Competition

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Take on IStructE's design challenge to demonstrate your ingenuity, imagination and inventiveness.

The Young Structural Engineers International Design Competition is run every three years and awards three cash prizes:

The £5,000 John Barrett Prize is awarded to the overall competition winner. The prize was established by Mrs Ann Barrett to honour the life and work of her husband John. John was a member of the Institution and keen to develop design skills in young structural engineers.

The Drury Prize is awarded to the best entry submitted by an individual or team of individuals who are all under 25 years of age. The winner will receive £2,000 and a certificate.

The Undergraduate Prize is awarded to the best entry submitted by undergraduates studying a civil or structural engineering course.The winner will receive £1,500.




Young structural engineers are to prepare conceptual sketch design proposals for rebuilding a community settlement of 100 persons, that can be constructed in a costal area of a Least Developed Country (LDC) that is at risk of being lost due to rising sea levels / flooding, or in an area that may already be partly under water. The aspiration for this competition is that it will provide viable solutions which can be adapted and possibly used in other parts of the world where people are at risk of losing their homes.

Download the full competition brief below.




Applications should be made by individuals or by teams of up to 3 people.

Each candidate/team may only win one prize. Teams share prize money.

  • Submit your intention to enter below
  • All candidates are eligible for the John Barrett Prize
  • You are only eligible for the Undergraduate Prize if you are an undergraduate. Your team members must also all be undergraduates
  • You are only eligible for the Drury Medal if you are under 25 but not an undergraduate

  • You are required to submit two digital A1 colour posters which fully communicate your design
  • Candidates will also submit a written report, not exceeding 1500 words
  • All submission details will appear on
  • All prize-winning individuals or teams will be required to give a livestreamed lecture on their submission


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