We are delighted to welcome you to Future of Design Sheffield 2017, a full-day conference and dinner in Sheffield aimed at promoting innovation and inspiring the designers of the future.

This is the eleventh Future of Design Conference organised by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) British Group.

The 2017 conference will be held at The University of Sheffield, in The Diamond.



  • Dr John Roberts – Executive Director of Operations, Jacobs
  • James O’Callaghan – Director, Eckersley O’Callaghan
  • Steve Webb – Director, Webb Yates
  • Nick Francis – Eadon Consulting
  • Government Security Adviser


Biographies of all speakers can be found here.


Interactive Workshops

  • ‘Optimisation’ with Professor Matthew Gilbert & Professor Andy Tyas of the University of Sheffield.
  • ‘Sketching’ with Ron Slade – WSP.
  • ‘The art of Approximation’ with Hugh Morrison of Hugh Morrison Associates & Peter Debney of Oasys.


Paper Competition

Young Designers Competition (YDC) Winners

Adam Rich of Cullinan Studio (Winner for YDC Session A)
Jessica Mill of Elliott Wood (Runner-up for YDC Session A)
Ian Shepherd of Elliott Wood (Winner for YDC Session B)
Viktoras Jarmolkovicius of CH2M (Runner-up for YDC Session B)

Thank you to all those who entered the ‘Young Designers Paper Competition’.


View the programme here.

This year, we have a start time of 10am, giving you plenty of time to travel to Sheffield from around the UK. For more information on the venue and estimated travel times, click here


The conference will be taking place in The Diamond at The University of Sheffield. The evening drinks reception and dinner to follow will be hosted at INOX Dine situated in the heart of Sheffield, in the Students’ Union Building.

Click here for more info and travel details including travel information if you are traveling up from the Conference in Bath on the 20th/21st April.


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