Institution of Structural Engineers

Institution of Structural Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
IStructE Logo.gif
Type Structural engineering
Professional title Chartered Engineer
Founded 21 July 1908 (1908-07-21)
Headquarters London, UK
Key people

President Professor Roger Plank,

Chief Executive Martin Powell
Area served Worldwide
  • Professional Membership
  • Room Hire
  • Find An Engineer
  • Magazine
  • Library
Members 27,000
Slogan A global Institution for a global profession

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a professional body for structural engineering based in the United Kingdom. It has 27,000 members in 105 countries. The Institution provides professional accreditation for structural engineers. The Institution publishes a twice monthly journal, The Structural Engineer.

The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.

The core work of the Institution is supporting and protecting the profession of structural engineering by upholding professional standards and acting as an international voice on behalf of structural engineers.



The Institution gained its Royal Charter in March 1934. It was established at the Ritz Hotel, London on 21 July 1908 as the Concrete Institute, as the result of a need to define standards and rules for the proper use of concrete material in construction industry. The first headquarters were established at No. 8, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, London; the first President was the Right Honourable Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth, in whose honour the largest meeting room at the current headquarters at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London, SW1X 8BH - is named. Incorporated in 1909 as a charitable company limited by guarantee, it was renamed the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1922, when its areas of interest were extended to cover 'structures' of all kinds. By 1925 the Institution had 1,700 members which has continued to grow over the years.

Presidents of the Institution of Structural Engineers

  • 1908–10 Right Hon. Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth
  • 1910–12 Sir Henry Tanner
  • 1912–14 E.P. Wells
  • 1914–16 Henry Adams
  • 1916–18 Francis E. Wentworth-Shields OBE
  • 1918–20 H.D. Searles-Wood
  • 1920–23 E. Fiander Etchells
  • 1923–24 Major James Petrie OBE
  • 1925–26 Sir Charles Tamlin Ruthen OBE
  • 1926–28 H.J. Deane BE
  • 1928–30 Lt-Colonel J. Mitchell Moncrieff CBE
  • 1930–32 R.H. Harry Stanger
  • 1932–33 Major E.C.P. Monson TD
  • 1933–34 Sir Arnold Waters VC CBE DSO MC JP DL
  • 1934–35 Ewart S Andrews BSc
  • 1935–36 Dr Oscar Faber CBE DCL(Hons) DSc
  • 1936–37 Lt-Colonel C.H. Fox OBE BSc
  • 1937–38 Professor J. Husband DEng(Hons)
  • 1938–39 Lt-Colonel Henry Schofield Rogers CMG DSO
  • 1939–40 P.J. Black
  • 1940-40 Captain Murray Barclay Buxton MC MA (killed in office)
  • 1940–41 J.F. Butler
  • 1941–43 Dr W.K. Wallace CBE DSc
  • 1943–44 Sir Arnold Waters VC CBE DSO MC JP DL (2nd term)
  • 1944–45 Gower B.R. Pimm
  • 1945–46 F.E. Drury OBE MSc
  • 1946–47 Professor H.John Collins MSc
  • 1947–48 Sir Frederick Snow CBE
  • 1948–49 L. Scott White OBE
  • 1949–50 Leslie Turner BSc
  • 1951–52 J.E. Swindlehurst OBE MA
  • 1952–53 Ernest Granter BSc(Eng)
  • 1953–54 Lt-Colonel R.F. Galbraith MC BSc
  • 1954–55 Dr S.B. Hamilton OBE MSc PhD BSc(Eng)
  • 1955–56 Stanley Vaughan BSc
  • 1956–57 J. Guthrie Brown CBE
  • 1957–58 Professor Sir Alfred Pugsley OBE FREng FRS DSc(Eng)
  • 1959–60 G.S. McDonald
  • 1960–61 Lewis E. Kent OBE BSc(Eng)
  • 1960–61 Lt-Colonel G.W. Kirkland MBE(Mil)
  • 1961–62 F.R. Bullen BSc(Eng)
  • 1962–63 E.N. Underwood BSc(Eng)
  • 1963–64 F.M. Bowen
  • 1964–65 Sir Henry Charles Husband CBE FREng DSc BEng
  • 1965–66 D.A.G. Reid CBE FREng BSc(Eng)
  • 1966–67 Dr D.D. Matthews FREng MA MSc(Eng) DEng
  • 1967–68 Brian Scruby CBE FREng
  • 1968–69 Dr A.R. Collins MBE DSc
  • 1969–70 C.B. Stone CBE DSO
  • 1970-71 Dr O.A. Kerensky CBE FREng FRS DSc
  • 1971-72 Dr W.G.N. Geddes CBE FREng FRS DSc
  • 1972–73 Kenneth Severn MC MA(Cantab)
  • 1973–74 Leonard R. Creasy CB OBE BSc
  • 1974–75 D.R.R. Dick BSc
  • 1975–76 Peter Mason BSc
  • 1976–77 Dr William Eastwood FREng PhD HonDEng CEng FIStructE FICE FIMechE
  • 1977–78 Peter Dunican CBE FREng
  • 1978–79 Professor Sir Alan Harris CBE FREng FCGI BSc(Eng)
  • 1979–80 John Anthony Derrington CBE FREng BSc(Eng) DIC FIStructE FICE FCIArb
  • 1980–81 Professor Michael Rex Horne OBE FREng FRS MA PhD ScD
  • 1981–82 Thomas N.W. Akroyd MScTech LLB(Hons)
  • 1982–83 Clifford J. Evans FREng MA(Cantab)
  • 1983–84 Dr R.E. Rowe CBE FREng MA(Cantab) ScD HonDEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1984–85 Dr A.C. Paterson CBE FREng BSc(Eng) HonDSc ARCST FIStructE FICE FIMechE FCIArb
  • 1985–86 D.J. Lee CBE FREng BScTech DIC
  • 1986–87 Professor Sir Edmund Happold RDI FREng
  • 1987–88 K.C. White FREng BSc(Eng) CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1988–89 P.L. Campbell FREng JP FCGI DIC CEng FIStructE FICE FIMarE
  • 1989–90 Dr J.H. Armstrong OBE FREng BSc HonDEng CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1990–91 David W. Lazenby CBE DIC DipCU FCGI CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1991–92 Professor A.R. Cusens OBE FREng BSc(Eng) DSc PhD CEng FIStructE FICE FRSE
  • 1992–93 J.A. Waller BSc(Hons) FCGI DIC CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1993–94 Dr Howard P.J. Taylor FREng BScTech PhD CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1994–95 Professor Patrick J. Dowling CBE FREng FRS BE DIC PhD FCGI CEng FIStructE FICE FRINA
  • 1995–96 B. Simpson OBE CEng FIStructE FRSA
  • 1996–97 Brian P. Clancy JP BSc(Eng) CEng FIStructE FICE MCIArb
  • 1997–98 Dr Sam Thorburn CBE FREng BEng PhD CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1998–99 Professor Les A. Clark OBE FREng BEng PhD CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 1999–2000 Dr John M. Roberts FREng BEng(Hons) PhD CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 2000–01 Dr John A. Hill FREng BSc HonDSc CEng FIStructE FICE FIEI
  • 2001–02 Professor David I. Blockley FREng BEng PhD DSc CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 2002–03 Robert A. McKittrick BSc CEng FiStructE FICE
  • 2003–04 Professor David A. Nethercot OBE FREng BSc(Eng) PhD FCGI CEng FIStructE FICE
  • 2004–05 Michael W. Fordyce BSc MEng CPEng FIStructE FIEAust
  • 2005–06 M.G.T. Dickson CBE FREng BA MS CEng FIStructE FICE HonRIBA
  • 2006–07 David I. Harvey MSc CEng PEng StructEng FIStructE FICE FASCE
  • 2007-09 Sarah Buck BSc(Hons) CEng FIStructE MICE
  • 2009-10 Graham Owens, MSc, PhD, CEng, FREng, FIStructE, FRSA
  • 2010- Norman Train, FIStructE
  • 2011- Professor Roger Plank


By 1927, membership was in excess of 3,000, and there was some concern that the comparative ease of admission had contributed to the unsuccessful Royal Charter petition. More stringent entry requirements were introduced, resulting in a slow down of growth but an increase in standing, contributing to the second successful petition in 1934.

Membership has continued to increase steadily, both in terms of numbers and globally and currently stands at over 23,000 across over one hundred countries.

There are different membership levels to the Institution:

  • Student Member - for students studying courses accredited by the Institution.
  • Graduate Member - for graduates of accredited courses, who have not yet taken the professional review or exam.
  • Technician Member - for structural technicians, usually without degree qualifications.
  • Associate Member - usually for engineers without accredited degree qualifications who have passed the Associate Membership examination.
  • Associate - for members domiciled outside the European Union and have at least five years experience.
  • Member - for graduates of accredited degree courses who have passed the professional review and examination
  • Fellow - for members who are deemed to have sufficient experience and to have made sufficient achievements to merit fellowship of the Institution. Any member may apply for fellowship.

Only Members & Fellows of the Institution of Structural Engineers may call themselves a Chartered Structural Engineer. To become a member it is necessary to sit and pass the professional review interview and examination.


As the Institution expanded, there was a demand for more regional activity and involvement, culminating in the formation of regional groups.

The Institution now has 32 groups worldwide.[1]


The Council is made up of the President, Vice-Presidents, past Presidents, members who are elected for a period of three years, representatives from regional groups and co-opted members.

The Council elects, from among its members, the 'Trustee Board', which is the governing body of the Institution.


The Library supports members of the Institution by making information available on all aspects of structural engineering. The collection contains over 35,000 items, including books, reports, journal titles, standards and audiovisual material, ranging from the 18th century to the present day. The online catalogue contains around 60,000 references.

The Structural Engineer

The Structural Engineer is the twice monthly international journal of the Institution of Structural Engineers. It contains a mix of globally sourced, peer reviewed papers, plus features on construction projects and topical issues.


The Institution of Structural Engineers presents a number of different awards to individuals and organisations for achievements in structural engineering.

Structural Awards

The Structural Awards are the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony which celebrates excellence in structural engineering.

Established in 1968, the Structural Awards recognise and reward the work of the world’s most talented structural designers.

The principal structural categories comprise:

  • Heritage Award buildings or Infrastructure project
  • Award for Pedestrian Bridges
  • Award for Transportation Structures
  • Award for Commercial or Retail Structures
  • Award for Education or Healthcare Structures
  • Award for Community or Residential Structures
  • Award for Sports or Leisure Structures
  • Award for Arts or Entertainment
  • Award for Industrial or Process Structures
  • Award for Small Projects

The Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence is awarded to one of the winning projects from a principal category, at the discretion of the judges. However, the standard of the entries determines whether there is a clear winner who is worthy of the exceptional accolade.

Additionally, the judges may honour tow projects from those entered into the principal nine categories with the following awards:

  • David Alsop Sustainability Award and
  • Award for Samll Projects

Maitland Lecture

The Maitland Lecture was established to celebrate the Institution’s Golden Jubilee in 1958. The lecture is intended to “review some aspects of contemporary affairs by a person of distinction” with the subject of the lecture not necessarily relating to engineering and being entirely at the lecturer’s discretion.

The Maitland Lecture is given biennially to commemorate the work of Major Reginald Maitland who was instrumental in shaping the Institution of Structural Engineers into the highly professional form we know today. After a distinguished military career, he was engaged in reconstruction work in France after the First World War and returned to London as a director of a contracting firm. Maitland became a member of the Institution in 1925, and served as its Secretary for more than 30 years from 1930 to 1961.

Pai Lin Li Travel Award

The Pai Lin Li Travel Award provides grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to members of the Institution who wish to spend four to six weeks outside their own country studying current practice or trends related to the use of any construction material in the field of structural engineering.

Gold Medal Award

The most prestigious award the Institution presents is the Gold Medal, which is presented to those who have made exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of structural engineering.

See also


  1. ^ Divisions and Groups

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