Last edited 01 Mar 2016

Institution of Structural Engineers IStructE

The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) is a UK-based professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering.

Structural engineers design, assess and inspect structures to ensure they are efficient and stable. They work on a very wide range of structures, including; buildings, bridges, oil rigs, ships and aircraft. It is both a technical and creative role that involves close collaboration with professionals from other disciplines.

In 1908, the Concrete Institute was founded, largely as a result of the rising popularity of concrete as a construction material. The Concrete Institute was intended to represent businesses and workers within the construction industry and to offer expert advice.

In 1909 the Concrete Institute was incorporated, and in 1912, its scope was widened to include all aspects of structural engineering. It became the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1922 and was granted Royal Charter in 1934. It now has more than 27,000 members from more than 100 countries.

Its headquarters is at 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, where it moved in May 2015 from its previous home at 11 Upper Belgrave Street.

The Institute:

  • Offers a source of expertise and information.
  • Protects the profession by upholding professional standards.
  • Provides a voice on behalf of structural engineers.

Members can be:

  • Student Members.
  • Graduate Members.
  • Techcical members (TIStrutE).
  • Associate Members (AMIStructE).
  • Chartered Members (MIStrcutE).
  • Fellow Members (FIStructE).

To become a Chartered, Associate or Technical Member, a programme of Initial Professional Development (IPD) must be undertaken, followed by Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year. Members are also expected to abide by the Institute’s Code of Conduct.

The Institution of Structural Engineers is governed by Royal Charter, bye-laws, regulations and standing orders. It's governing Board has twelve members, including the President, Vice-Presidents, up to three past Presidents and Council members. It is advised by the Institution of Structural Engineers Council. The institute is managed by directorates led by the Chief Executive.

IStructE Ltd is a trading subsidiary of the Institution which gift-aids all of its profits to the Institution.

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