Young Structural Engineering International Design Competition

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 £2,500 Drury Medal is awarded to the best entry submitted by an individual or group of four under the age of 25. The medal was founded by the late Mr F E Drury (President 1945-1946) and was established to encourage students and graduates of the Institution to design adventurously.

The £2,000 Undergraduate Prize is awarded to the best entry submitted by undergraduates studying a civil or structural engineering course.




In 2017, young structural engineers were asked to design a modular construction space station that could be assembled in zero gravity conditions and act as a staging post for exploration of the planets of our solar system. 25 entries were received from around the world.




Applications should be made by individuals or by teams of not more than four.

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

  • 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


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