Designing for the future, now – e-conference
Date & Time

29 March 2023 - 30 March 2023
14:00 - 18:00 BST




Members: £195 + VAT
Standard: £285 + VAT
Student: £35 + VAT

Designing for the future, now (e-conference)

Date published
Date & Time

29 March 2023 - 30 March 2023
14:00 - 18:00 BST




Members: £195 + VAT
Standard: £285 + VAT
Student: £35 + VAT

Societal, technological, regulatory, and legislative developments are driving unprecedented change in the construction industry. Join industry leaders and find out how to adapt and keep pace.

Change across the built environment is gaining momentum. Structural engineers need to be even more agile and creative to deliver designs that are safe, sustainable, buildable - and profitable.

This e-conference will help strcutural engineers - and all built environment professionals - adapt. Make sure your designs and projects meet today's challenges, and can adapt to changing needs well into the future.


  • Regulatory and business drivers for change

  • Changing working practices – case studies

  • Technological drivers for change and the importance of data and digital

  • Case studies on designing for deconstruction

  • ​Material matters: from today’s best practice to future innovations - panel discussion
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Reasons to attend

  • Gain insights into the forces shaping construction today and the direction of travel

  • Learn how to influence client briefs towards adaptable and reusable design

  • Understand the skills required to prove and adopt new technologies (as required by the Building Safety Act)

  • Understand the benefits of early collaboration across the entire supply chain and how to realise them

  • Understand the benefits of the circular economy and whole life carbon​

Intended for

  • Experienced designers and structural engineers wishing to deliver adaptable structures that are future-proofed

  • Fabricators

  • Build and demolition contractors

  • Material engineers

  • Architects wishing to gain deeper insights into structural considerations

  • Other professionals interested in the changing construction landscape


Sir David Anthony King Keynote speaker

Sir David King has published over 500 papers on science and policy, for which he has received numerous awards, and holds 22 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and knighted in 2003, Sir David was also made an Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur’ in 2009, for work which has contributed to responding to the climate and energy challenge. Sir David was the permanent Special Representative for Climate Change from September 2013 until March 2017. Previously, from 2000 to 2007, Sir David was the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford; was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University 1993-2000 and Master of Downing College at Cambridge 1995 -2000.

Emily King Chair - Director, ESS Modular

A Divisional Director at Spatial Initiative, part of the ESS Modular Group, Emily leads the construction company in the delivery of major projects for public sector and private clients, such as the nine new schools completed to date and the further seven new projects in the pipeline. Emily has previously held roles for leading construction consultants, such as Arup and Mott MacDonald. Alongside sustainable construction, Emily is passionate about promoting diversity in the industry.

Sam Stacey Chair - Chief Executive Officer, Stacx International

Sam is a British construction industry leader and writer on construction innovation. He has an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University. As Director of Innovation at Skanska UK, he was known for promoting Flying Factories. In 2018 Sam joined UK Research and Innovation to oversee construction R&D as Challenge Director for Construction. From 2018 to its completion in September 2022, he was Challenge Director for Construction at UKRI, implementing the Sector Deal for Construction, as part of the UK’s 2017 Industrial Strategy.

Susan Mantle Technical Director, Heyne Tillett Steel

Susan focuses in achieving the best structural solution for projects and relishes the creative nature of the design process. She has worked on a range of diverse and interesting projects, from private houses to large residential schemes, commercial buildings, museums, schools and theatres. Susan champions technical excellence across design and analysis and leads HTS+ Innovation and Research, a dedicated team who works on research projects to help resolve engineering challenges.

David Cormie Director, Arup

David is Director of Resilience, Security and Risk in Arup, a visiting professor at Imperial College London and a member of the Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS) structural expert panel. He advised the HSE on the design implications of the then-forthcoming Building Safety Bill at draft bill stage, and has led the development of the competency framework for structural engineering for the design of higher-risk buildings.

David Watson Panel chair - Technical Director, AKT II

In his current role at AKT II, David co-leads the practice in matters related to Climate Action, and he focuses on adaptive re-use, design efficiency and material innovation. He has lectured widely on these topics at universities across the UK, Ireland, Sweden and the United States. His projects include the Stirling Prize nominated 100 Liverpool Street, the rejuvenation of the world’s first cast-iron framed building at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings and the new home for the Museum of London at West Smithfield.

Will Hawkins Lecturer, University of Bath

Will graduated from Cambridge in 2013, worked at AKTII for two years, and then completed a PhD on the design and optimisation of novel, low-carbon, concrete shell floor structures. Today, his research and teaching focuses on achieving zero carbon in construction, through design optimisation, novel structural systems and enhancing our understanding of the ecological impact of materials.

Karen Scrivener Professor and Director, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Karen is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and author of over 200 journal papers. Her research focuses on the understanding of the chemistry and microstructure of cement-based materials and in improving their sustainability. In 2008, she came up with the idea for LC3 cement, a material with the potential to cut CO2 emissions related to cement by more than 400 million tonnes a year.

Walter Swann Steligence Construction Engineer, Arcelor Mittal

Walter started his career working in consultancy designing in a range of materials, but pursued his interest in steelwork, initially working in steel fabrication and latterly in steel manufacture. With a broad knowledge of steel products, the manufacturing processes employed to make them, and where they sit in a construction context, Walter has become a point of contact in the industry on strategies that can be rolled out to deliver on embodied carbon targets for buildings.

Andrea Charlson Associate Director, Useful Projects

Andrea is a Chartered Environmentalist and Engineer specialising in the sustainability of the built environment, with a particular expertise in the circular economy and how this applies to materials, structures and buildings. Her current interest is in exploring how we can build truly regenerative places - places that form the basis for continued life, supporting plants, animals and healthier humans, now and in the future.

Glen Rust R&D Engineering Leader, Structures & Sustainability, Laing O’Rourke

Glen has led multi-disciplinary engineering design teams at Arup, delivered complex projects in the UK and internationally, and, for the past 6+ years, has worked within the technology, innovation and R&D team at Laing O’Rourke, the UK’s largest private contractor. In his current role, he leads the technical design, development, and deployment of innovative next generation structures, low carbon, and high productivity solutions for the built environment.

Sophie Collier Structural Engineer, Elliott Wood

Sophie is passionate for sustainable design and always strives to make the most of natural resources using circular economy principles. She designed the structure for the Glyndebourne Pavilion with Baker Brown architects - a prestigious new events space to be built using sustainable materials salvaged from the Glyndebourne estate, designed to be fully demountable and reusable at end of life.

Rachel Hoolahan Associate, Orms

Rachel has extensive experience working with existing buildings. For the past few years, she has engaged in a series of deep research assignments and is utilising this data and knowledge to push the boundaries of sustainable development – both in refurbishment and new build projects. Recently, she led a research piece on material passports as part of a wider Grosvenor Estate Innovation Project into material reuse. Rachel has recently received the 2021 AJ100 Sustainability Champion Award.

Andrew Shepherd Managing Director, TopHat

Andrew believes in the sustainable delivery of new infrastructure. With significant experience in modern methods of construction, he has developed several partnerships across various sectors with major developers, housing associations and institutional investors. In his current role, he leads TopHat in delivering the lowest carbon homes available at scale in the UK.

Kenichi Soga Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Kenichi Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Chair and a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the director of the Berkeley Centre for Smart Infrastructure and is a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Sarah Jane Pisciotti Head of Design, SISK Group

In her current role, Sarah Jane is responsible for the creation and implementation of the group’s Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Strategy. She leads the Design Management function and works across all sectors across the Sisk Group, from data centres, life sciences, healthcare, education and housing. Sarah Jane is on the Centre Steering Committee for Construct Innovate, Ireland’s centre for innovation and research in the industry. She is a Board Member of MMC Ireland.

Paul Michael Pelken Innovation Director, Keltbray Group & Director & Founding Partner, P+ Studio and Consulting

Michael is an experienced architect and innovator, with a 20-year track record of award winning and patented developments in design, architecture, and engineering. He has extensive experience working on projects ranging from industrial design to large scale architectural structures, and has practiced in Germany, Italy, the UK, USA and China. He is driving positive change at the interfaces of industry led innovation and academic developments supported through roles as Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Honorary Visiting Professor at City, University of London, and Visiting Professor of UCL.

Dave Clowe Director, Head of MMC, Turner & Townsend Real Estate

Dave is spearheading the development and expansion of Turner & Townsend’s MMC advisory service across cost management, project management and infrastructure to provide clients with suitable MMC techniques that deliver higher quality projects more quickly, safely and cost effectively than conventional, on-site construction. Key drivers for Dave, are delivering projects through proper collaboration which are fully digitally enabled to drive the MMC / P-DfMA ethos through business and key design and stakeholder partners.

Jaimie Johnson MBE Board Director & Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood

Jaimie is a recognised global leader in systemising and accelerating the design and construction of major infrastructure. Together with others at Bryden Wood, he is the originator of the Platforms approach to DfMA and the author of three books on this topic. Jaimie was awarded an MBE for Services to Construction in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, June 2021. In 2022, he co-authored the RIBA-published book: Design to Value.

Trudi Sully Impact Lead for Industrialised Construction, Mott MacDonald

Trudi leads a rapidly growing team in delivering integrated utilisation of DfMA, MMC, and platform approaches to unlock greater social, economic and environmental outcomes. Trudi shifted to Mott MacDonald after 4 years with the Construction Innovation Hub - working with government and industry partners to develop tools and approaches such as the Value Toolkit and Product Platform Rulebook. She now champions the transition of this work from research and development into deployment to improve the whole life performance of our buildings and infrastructure.

Networking and interactivity

This e-conference will have online Q&A and chat for every session, as well as a dedicated networking chat where you can discuss the presentations and meet your peers.

All presentations are recorded and available on-demand for 90 days after the end of the e-conference.


Email - [email protected]

Supporting Resources

Image showing how construction materials should have codes going forward to make them sustainable

Material Passports (1 of 2): supporting the reuse of material from existing buildings

In the first of a two-part blog, Rachel Hoolahan introduces Material Passports. She explains why they are a crucial part of the circular economy, and how they can help to address climate change.

Date – 8 February 2023
Author – Rachel Hoolahan
Price – 0
Blog image for The Built Environment: Sustainability from the onset

Material Passports (2 of 2): collaborate to put material reuse into mainstream practice

In the last part of a two-part blog, Rachel Hoolahan explores how Material Passports support circular economy principles and how material reuse could become a standard construction practice.

Date – 8 February 2023
Author – Rachel Hoolahan
Price – 0
3D image of a building in brand colours

The built environment: sustainability from the outset

The built environment contributes significantly to the climate crisis. Susan Mantle, Technical Director at Heyne Tillett Steel, discusses five ways Structural Engineers can reduce carbon emissions - embodied carbon in particular - right from the very start of their projects.

Date – 2 March 2023
Author – Susan Mantle
Price – Free