Future of Design – London 2023

21st September 2023 / 09.30 – 17:30

On the 21st of September 2023, the IABSE British Group held another edition of the Future of Design conference at Imperial College London. The event was attended by around 80 delegates including students and young design professionals along with leading engineers.

Speakers, workshop hosts and panellists

At this year’s edition of the Future of Design conference, we presented a lineup of distinguished speakers who are thought leaders in their respective fields. With their profound insights and groundbreaking contributions, these speakers shared their expertise and experiences, discussing the changes that are driving the evolution of design and shaping the future of our built environment.

Head over to the dedicated page to find out more, along with presentation slides.

Essay Competition

An essay competition was held in the run-up to the conference and the winner was announced during the event.


Start TimeScheduleSpeaker
09:00Registration opens
09:30Opening addressDavid Knight, IABSE British Group Chair
09:40Keynote Session 1Chaired by:
Russell Whitehead
Robert Bird Group
Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield Architects
Jorg Stamm, Jorg Stamm Bamboo Construction
Mark Tillett, Heyne Tillett Steel
11:10Tea break
Form finding techniques
for efficient structure design
Jenny Haines and Dan Cole
Webb Yates Engineers 
14:10Keynote Session 2Chaired by:
Andrew Scoones
The Engineering Club
Manja von de Worp, YIP Structural Engineering London
Moritz Meiselbach, schlaich bergermann partner
15:10Paper competition results
15:20Tea Break
15:50Panel discussion
What roles can AI play
in the future of design?
Chaired by:
Nick Cole
Robert Bird Group
Alice Cicirello, University of Cambridge
Christian Málaga-Chuquitaype, Imperial College London
Luke Whale, DAISY AI Inc.
Peter Debney, Oasys/ARUP
17:20Closing addressDavid Knight, IABSE British Group Chair
17:30Evening networking event

The Organising Committee

Meet the organising committee working behind the scenes to bring you Future of Design London 2023

Contact Us!

Please contact us if you have any questions at events@iabse.org.uk with the subject FoDLondon2023.  

Thank you to our sponsors…

We still have opportunities for industry sponsors to support this year’s conference. Contact events@iabse.org.uk to get involved.