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.
Louisa is a Senior Structural Engineer for Arup where she was worked since graduating. Currently based in The Netherlands, she has predominantly worked in the UK but also in UAE, Kenya and Ghana. Louisa chairs the IStructE Young Members’ Panel as well as sitting on the Council and Technical Products Panel.
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 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.
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.
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 and a Past President of The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Susan is a Senior Technical Director with Jacobs since 2016. She is a Fellow of IStructE 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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