Institution of Structural Engineers

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Institution of Structural Engineers
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Established21 July 1908 (1908-07-21)
TypeStructural engineering professional association
Professional title
Chartered Structural Engineer
HeadquartersLondon, EC1
United Kingdom
Region served
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  • Magazine
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Key people
  • President: Jane Entwistle
  • Chief Executive: Martin Powell

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a professional body[1] for structural engineering based in the United Kingdom.

The Institution has over 30,000 members operating in over 100 countries. The Institution provides professional accreditation for structural engineers and publishes a monthly magazine, The Structural Engineer.

The Institution also has a research journal titled Structures,[2] published by Elsevier, Inc.

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.[citation needed]

The Institution uphold standards, shares knowledge, promotes structural engineering and provides a voice for the structural engineering profession.


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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]


The first Institution headquarters were established at No. 8, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, London by the first President, the Right Honourable Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth.

The Institution's current headquarters are at 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom, after a move from Belgravia. The Duke of Gloucester officially opened the new International Headquarters on 14 May 2015.


Coat of arms of Institution of Structural Engineers
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Granted 23 April 1935
On a wreath of the colours issuant from the battlements of a tower Argent masoned Sable, a demi lion guardant supporting a slide rule in bend sinister Or.[6]
Per fesse Azure and harry wavy of the first and Argent a fesse embattled of the second masoned Sable issuant therefrom three piles Or in chief a lion passant guardant of the last and issuant from the base rocks Proper.
Fundamento Semper Stabili

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Institution of Structural Engineers".
  2. ^ "Structures". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  3. ^ The role and influence of the Secretaries of the Institution of Structural Engineers 1908-1961 by John Dougill, 2003
  4. ^ Divisions and Groups Archived September 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Our history - The Institution of Structural Engineers". 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  6. ^ "Institution of Structural Engineers". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 29 April 2022.