- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 22 Mar 2018
Institution of Structural Engineers IStructE
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.
- 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.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Chartered Institute of Building.
- Civil engineer.
- Collaborative practices.
- Consultant team.
- Lead designer.
- Institution of Civil Engineers.
- Professional indemnity insurance.
- Services engineer.
- Structure definition.
- Specialist designers.
- Structural engineers.
- Types of structure.
 External references
Featured articles and news
Hong Kong is upgrading its £30 billion a year construction industry.
What are the main types of artificial light source?
Changes have been made to BREEAM's ecology content which promotes protection, impact mitigation and ecological enhancement.
What should be evaluated to assess building performance?
BIM standards BS 1192:2007+A2:2016 and PAS 1192-2:2013 have been superceded.
What is biophilic design and how can it increase wellbeing?
80 experts come up with the top 7 mistakes the industry makes with BREEAM.
Compliance cannot be verified by inspection on delivery.
Some electric cars have batteries that give a range of over 350 miles.
Assembling, curating, caring for, and designing the future.
A sensitive approach to renovating a building of historic stature.
UK energy policy uncertainty as Welsh project put on hold
What collaborative working achieves and how it can be put in place.