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IABSE Future of Design 2014

IABSE Future of Design 2014

Look Who's Talking

The day normally sees around 16 speakers; here are some of the highlights from those who have been announced:

  • Andrew Lamb (WFEO) – One of the most prominent figures in humanitarian development; perhaps best known in his previous role as the CEO of EWB in the UK.
  • Dr. Michel Virlogeux (Consultant) – The engineer behind the Millau Viaduct and Vasco da Gama, with a long distinguished career of 100+ bridges.
  • Josef Hargrave (Arup) – An Associate in the Foresight + Research + Innovation team; focusing on how trends in design will pan out for the future of the build environment.
  • John Cutlack (Flint & Neill) – Both the designer of the retractable roof in Wimbledon, and the independent reviewer for most of the London Olympic Park.
  • Matthew Birchall  (Buro Happold) – Tensile Structures Director working on innovative forms including  long-span, membrane and fabric structures.

It’s that time of year again; the annual IABSE Future of Design event is looming. I’ll be going, and you should be coming too. Whilst a lot of industry conferences and events are aimed at the engineers with a good few years under their belt- the IABSE Future of Design event targets young designers. More than anything, this makes for a much more relaxed day- as you’ll be rubbing shoulders with people who have a similar degree of experience, which makes them infinitely easier to strike up a conversation with.

It’s a fun day and gives you some perspective on what the rest of the industry is doing.

Like Glastonbury (but without the musical camping); the Future of Design 2014 event programme is still shrouded in mystery. A good few speakers have been announced, however, including the engineer behind the Milau Viaduct and a suspiciously large number of people involved with the Garden Bridge that Arup have planned for London. If you want to know what to expect, check out my write up of last year.

Tickets range from £25 to £40 (depending on your rank and company), and this is exactly the sort of the CPD that people working towards chartership should be able to justify to their employer. More than that, it’s a fun day and gives you some perspective on what the rest of the industry is doing.

Click on the button below to find out more, and buy tickets (and no, I don’t get commission).

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  1. The full line-up of speakers and discussion pannelists is now available online:


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