The Institution's former London headquarters in Belgravia, London
Dr Sarah Buck, the first woman President of the Institution
Professor Henry Adams, recipient of the first Gold Medal
Sir Arnold Waters VC, twice President of the Institution
Updated 11 March 2020
Concrete Institute founded as the representative body for professions related to concrete. Edwin Sachs (1870-1919), an esteemed architect, is the driving force behind the Institute’s foundation.
Membership consists of architects, engineers, chemists, manufacturers and surveyors.
The first meeting of Council takes place in the smoking room at the Ritz Hotel on 21 July.
Institute becomes incorporated under The Companies Act (1862-1907).
Scope of Institute widened to embrace all areas of structural engineering, particularly steel frames.
Structural engineering defined as "that branch of engineering which deals with the scientific design, the construction and erection of structures of all kinds of material".
Victoria Cross awarded to future Institution President, Major Arnold Waters.
Concrete Institute name changed to the Institution of Structural Engineers.
First Gold Medal awarded, to Professor Henry Adams.
Name of journal becomes The Structural Engineer (previously Journal of the Institution of Structural Engineers).
First woman member elected: Florence Mary Taylor, as an Associate Member.
Institution granted Royal Charter.
Institution moves to number 11, Upper Belgrave Street, London.
Mary Irvine (later Lindsay) is the ﬁrst women to be elected a Chartered Member.
Marjem Chatterton is the first woman elected as a Fellow.
The Institution becomes a Registered Charity.
Institution celebrates its Diamond Jubilee.
First Structural Award winner named: The Severn Bridge, by Freeman Fox and Partners.
First international agreement signed, an agreement of cooperation with the China Civil Engineering Society.
Dr Sarah Buck named Institution’s first woman President.
Institution celebrates its centenary
New headquarters building purchased at 47-58 Bastwick Street, London.
Institution moves to Bastwick Street.
List of Past Presidents
View a list of Past Presidents of the Institution
1908-1910 The Right Honourable The Earl of Plymouth CB [Robert George Windsor-Clive]
1910-1912 Sir Henry Tanner
1912-1914 Edmund Percy Wells
1914-1916 Henry Adams
1916-1918 Francis Ernest Wentworth-Sheilds OBE
1918-1920 Herbert Duncan Searles-Wood
1920-1923 Ernest Fiander Etchells
1923-1925 Major James Petrie OBE
1925-1926 Sir Charles Tamlin Ruthen
1926-1928 Henry James Deane
1928-1930 Lt-Colonel John Mitchell Moncrieff CBE
1930-1932 Reginald Hursthouse Harry Stanger
1932-1933 Major Edward Charles Philip Monson TD
1933-1934 Sir Arnold Waters VC CBE DSO MC JP DL
1934-1935 Ewart Sigmund Andrews
1935-1936 Dr Oscar Faber CBE
1936-1937 Lt-Colonel Charles Horace Fox CBE
1937-1938 Professor Joseph Husband
1938-1939 Lt-Colonel Henry Schofield Rogers CMG DSO
1939-1940 Percy John Black
1940 Captain Murray Barclay Buxton MC
1940-1941 Joseph Fawkner Butler
1941-1943 Dr William Kelly Wallace
1943-1944 Sir Arnold Waters VC CBE DSO MC JP DL
1944-1945 Gower Bouverie Raynor Pimm
1945-1946 Francis Edson Drury OBE
1946-1947 Professor Horatio John Collins
1947-1948 Sir Frederick Snow CBE
1948-1949 Lawson Scott White OBE
1949-1950 Leslie Turner
1950-1951 Joseph Eric Swindlehurst OBE
1951-1952 Walter Charles Andrews OBE
1952-1953 Ernest Granter
1953-1954 Lt-Colonel Robert Forbes Galbraith MC
1954-1955 Dr Stanley Baines Hamilton OBE
1955-1956 Stanley Vaughan
1956-1957 John Guthrie Brown CBE
1957-1958 Professor Sir Alfred Pugsley OBE
1958-1959 Gordon Stuart McDonald
1959-1960 Lewis Edward Kent OBE
1960-1961 Lt-Colonel George William Kirkland MBE(Mil)
1961-1962 Frank Robert Bullen
1962-1963 Edmund Norman Underwood
1963-1964 Frank Maurice Bowen
1964-1965 Sir Charles Husband CBE
1965-1966 Donald Andrew Gladstone Reid CBE
1966-1967 Dr Denis Dearman Matthews
1967-1968 Brian Scruby CBE
1968-1969 Dr Arthur Richard Collins MBE
1969-1970 Charles Bernard Stone CBE DSO
1970-1971 Dr Oleg Alexander Kerensky CBE
1971-1972 Dr William George Nicholson Geddes CBE
1972-1973 Kenneth Severn MC
1973-1974 Leonard Richard Creasy CB OBE
1974-1975 Derek Robert Robertson Dick
1975-1976 Peter Mason
1976-1977 Dr Wilfred Eastwood
1977-1978 Peter Dunican CBE
1978-1979 Professor Sir Alan Harris CBE
1979-1980 John Anthony Derrington CBE
1980-1981 Professor Michael Rex Horne OBE
1981-1982 Thomas Norman Westhead Akroyd
1982-1983 Clifford John Evans
1983-1984 Dr Roy Ernest Rowe CBE
1984-1985 Dr Alastair Craig Paterson CBE
1985-1986 David John Lee CBE
1986-1987 Professor Sir Edmund Happold
1987-1988 Keith Christopher White
1988-1989 Peter Leonard Campbell
1989-1990 Dr James Hodgson Armstrong OBE
1990-1991 David William Lazenby CBE
1991-1992 Professor Anthony Ralph Cusens OBE
1992-1993 Jack Arthur Waller
1993-1994 Dr Howard Peter John Taylor
1994-1995 Professor Patrick Joseph Dowling CBE
1995-1996 Brian Simpson OBE
1996-1997 Brian Padraig Clancy
1997-1998 Dr Samuel Thorburn CBE
1998-1999 Professor Leslie Arthur Clark OBE
1999-2000 Dr John Maxwell Roberts CBE
2000-2001 Dr John Allan Hill
2001-2002 Professor David Ian Blockley
2002-2003 Robert Alexander McKittrick
2003-2004 Professor David Arthur Nethercot OBE
2004-2005 Michael Watson Fordyce
2005-2006 Michael George Tufnell Dickson CBE
2006-2007 David Ian Harvey
2007-2008 Dr Sarah Buck
2009 Dr Graham Wynford Owens
2010 Norman Charles Train
2011 Professor Roger James Plank
2012 Professor John Ernest Nolan
2013 Yan-Kee Cheng
2014 Nicholas Russell
2015 Professor Timothy James Ibell
2016 Alan Robert Leslie Crossman
2017 Ian Peter Thomas Firth
2018 Faith Helen Wainwright
2019 Joseph Anthony Kindregan
2020-2021 Professor Donald McQuillan
2022 Jane Entwistle
2023 Matt Byatt