Institution of Structural Engineers

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Institution of Structural Engineers
Established21 July 1908 (1908-07-21)
Typeprofessional association
Professional title
Chartered Structural Engineer
Region served
Key people
  • Tanya De Hoog, president
  • Yasmin Becker, chief executive

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a British professional body for structural engineers.[1]

In 2021, it had 29,900 members operating in 112 countries.[2] It provides professional accreditation and publishes a magazine, The Structural Engineer, which has been produced monthly since 1924.[3] It also has a research journal, Structures, published by Elsevier.[4]


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 in the construction industry.

H. Kempton Dyson was one of the founder members and the first permanent secretary.[5]

On 22 February 1909, the Institution was incorporated under the Companies Acts 1862-1907 as a company limited by guarantee not having a capital divided into shares. 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 and has continued to grow over the years.[citation needed] It has fifty groups worldwide.[6]

The first woman member to be elected as an Associate member was Florence Mary Taylor in 1926. It took until 1947 for Mary Irvine to be the first women to be elected a Chartered Member, and until 1954 when Marjem Chatterton was the first woman elected as a Fellow.[3]


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  1. ^ "The Institution of Structural Engineers".
  2. ^ "Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) announces 2019 President and appoints three honorary Fellows". Engineering Council. 14 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Our history - The Institution of Structural Engineers". 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  4. ^ "Structures". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  5. ^ The role and influence of the Secretaries of the Institution of Structural Engineers 1908-1961 by John Dougill, 2003
  6. ^ "Divisions and Groups". Institution of Structural Engineers. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011.