The Structural Awards judging panel has many years of experience and insight. Meet the judges here

Our panel of highly qualified judges bring in-depth expertise, global knowledge of structural engineering and a commitment to recognising the most incredible work produced by structural engineers each year. The panel is made up of members representing every professional grade of Institution membership. 

Prof John Orr
Prof John Orr
Chair of the Structural Awards judging panel

John is a Professor of Structural Engineering, in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His research and teaching address climate emergency through interdisciplinary design. John has secured more than £11million in research funding – he was the first person in the UK to receive an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship in Structural Engineering, won an EPSRC Bright Ideas award, and led the EPSRC Energy Feasibility Study “MEICON” which examined the culture of design in structural engineering as it relates to embodied and whole life carbon.

John is passionate about teaching and has been instrumental in developing the first new undergraduate degree at Cambridge for many decades. This new degree brings together architecture, engineering, and materials science to give students the skills required to create new solutions to our present global challenges, including climate emergency.

John’s work with the IStructE Climate Emergency Task Group has included co-authoring the guide “How to Calculate Embodied Carbon”. John was also lead author on “Design for Zero”, published in 2021, which built on academic and industrial work to present a vision for a sustainable future.  

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Will Arnold
Will Arnold
Head of Climate Action at the IStructE
Will leads the Institution’s response to the climate emergency, bringing this action into all aspects of our work including the publication of best-practice emergency guidance. Prior to his current role, he was a practising structural engineer at Arup for over ten years, where he was responsible for key aspects of ambitious architectural projects across the world from the UK to Taiwan and Rwanda.

Will is Chair of the CIC’s 2050 Group, and helps lead the institution’s Climate Emergency Task Group. In 2017, he was presented with the Institution’s Young Structural Engineering Professional Award for his design work whilst at Arup.
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Dr Katherine Cashell
Dr Katherine Cashell
Associate Professor at UCL

Katherine is currently an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) at University College London (UCL) and is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers. Prior to joining UCL in November 2022, Katherine worked as a Reader in Structural Engineering at Brunel University London, as a Senior Structural Engineer at the Steel Construction Institute and a Senior Engineer at High Point Rendel Ltd.

Her principal research interests lie in the area of structural testing, numerical modelling and the development of efficient design guidance for steel and composite structures. In particular, she has developed an expertise in the analysis of structural response during extreme loading conditions, such as a fire.  She is also actively engaged in researching the use of novel materials such as stainless steel, high strength steel and FRP’s in building and infrastructural applications.

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Dr Michael Cook
Dr Michael Cook
Consultant to Buro Happold
Michael is a consultant to Buro Happold, having been a partner of the practice since 1994 and Chairman from 2011 to 2017. He is well known in the industry for his significant contribution to designing innovative buildings and enhancing the reputation of the profession. Mike is a former Vice-President of the Institution and is now Chair of their Climate Emergency Task Group. He was awarded the Institution’s Gold Medal for 2020.

In 2009, he received the IABSE Milne Medal for his contribution to structural design, and in 2017 he received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Bath for his contribution to the profession. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Creative Design in the Department of Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London.
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Kayin Dawoodi
Kayin Dawoodi
Co-lead of Tyréns Sweden's Concept Design Department
Kayin is co-lead of Tyréns Sweden's Concept Design Department, championing creative design collaboration and education. Prior to moving to Sweden, he worked at Arup for close to 10 years. He has a background in architectural and structural design of unusual design-led projects worldwide as well as connections at leading universities.

He is the current IStructE Representative in Sweden, co-founded the Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust and the 2014 winner of the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award.
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Prof Jiemin Ding
Prof Jiemin Ding
Chief Engineer of Tongji Architectural Design Group

Professor Ding is the Chief Engineer of Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. Throughout his career he has demonstrated dedication to excellence in structural engineering design. Professor Ding specialises in steel structures, super high-rise buildings and long-span complex structural systems.

He has completed the structural design for more than ten high-rise buildings above 250m and more than 80 sports buildings. Professor Ding is a council member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and he was awarded the IStructE Gold Medal in 2018.

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Ian Firth
Ian Firth
Former President of The Institution of Structural Engineers

Ian is a leading expert in bridge design and construction. During his career he has been involved with
world-famous bridge projects like the strengthening of the Severn Bridge, Erskine Bridge and West Gate Bridge, and the concept design of Stonecutters’ Bridge in Hong Kong, as well as many smaller pedestrian bridges such as the Inner Harbour Bridge in Copenhagen, Taplow Bridge near Maidenhead and the Sail Bridge in Swansea.

He is also a leading advocate of bridge-building charity Bridges to Prosperity and a Past President of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

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Tanya de Hoog
Tanya de Hoog
Founding Director of Thornton Tomasetti (London)

Tanya is a founding director of Thornton Tomasetti’s London office. Her professional experience spans Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia, where she has worked on a diverse range of projects that focus on engineering creativity and innovation with an intent to foster good design.

Celebrating the contribution structural engineering can make to society, promoting continued education and the application of sound engineering principles to emerging technologies are of significant importance to Tanya.

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Susan Giahi-Broadbent
Susan Giahi-Broadbent
Senior Divisional Director of Jacobs
Susan is a Senior Divisional Director working with Jacobs since 2016. She is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation. She is an active member of both Institutions contributing to Councils, Committees and Panels.

Susan has accumulated three decades of technical expertise and leadership roles on a variety of challenging high-profile infrastructure and building projects in the UK, Asia and Africa. The majority of her work over recent years has involved multi-disciplinary transportation schemes with more focus on bridges.
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Dr Katherine Ibbotson
Dr Katherine Ibbotson
Director of Strategic Advisory for WSP

As Director for WSP in the UK's Strategic Advisory Net Zero team.  With over 10 years’ experience in leading carbon reduction strategies and Net Zero services within infrastructure, Kat’s Net Zero leadership and experience is routed in taking a holistic approach to complex systems, bridging the gap between policy and embedding practical action.  Facilitating and enabling the connections across sectors and technical disciplines.

Having worked within the Public Sector for over 17 years, Kat has supported clients across several sectors, delivering a variety of services from: Infrastructure Resilience and Net Zero transformation, through to target setting and quantification, whole life carbon management, assurance, and review. Driving an evidence-based approach based on doing and monitoring progress to influence and shape future policy. Kat’s experience is supported by a broad skill set in programme, project management and commercial services.  She has also spearheaded industry alignment of cost and carbon services within public sector and continues to lead the way in building this capability into business-as-usual activity.

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Martin Knight
Martin Knight
Founder of Knight Architects
Martin is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport infrastructure and is a Fellow of RIBA and the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of IStructE.

He founded international bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006 and his practice has completed more than fifty bridges in the UK and internationally, including the award-winning Merchant Square Bridge in London, the iconic Lower Hatea River Crossing in New Zealand, and the 270m-long Ulm Kienlesbergbrücke in Germany.
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Eric Kwok
Eric Kwok
Technical Director at Goldwave Steel Structure Engineering
Eric is a Technical Director at Goldwave Steel Structure Engineering and is passionate about Structure Engineering. He received his professional training in the United Kingdom and has over 23 years of experience in major international practice. He is a chartered Structural Engineer and a Fellow of the IStructE, and has extensive design and construction experience across projects in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, South East Asia & the PR of China.

His work includes the HZMB-Passenger Clearance Building roof structure. Other master works include: Wembley Stadium, Sutong Bridge, HAECO Hanger No. 3A, Marri Processing Plant, Olmsted Dam Development, KWH Hospital Steel Structure and Yuen Long Footbridges erection.
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Michelle McDowell
Michelle McDowell
Consultant

Michelle is a Principal and Chair of Civil & Structural Engineering at BDP, with over 35 years’ experience of design and delivery of many challenging, innovative and award-winning projects.

In 2010, Michelle was awarded an MBE for services to the construction industry. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2011 was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. In 2012, she was named the ACE's Engineering Ambassador of the Year and in 2020 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Construction and Engineering. She is currently leading the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal project for BDP.

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Toby Maclean
Toby Maclean
Founder of Allt
Toby is a structural engineer and established Allt environmental structural engineers in 2020, a firm concentrating on addressing the urgent need to decarbonise the built environment with a particular emphasis on carbon embodied in structures.

Toby’s career so far has been one based on providing practical yet technically sophisticated and holistic solutions to diverse projects in the built environment and concentrating on design from first principles. Having served a stint with Arup after graduation, Toby spent five years based in the studio of an architect/artist, before establishing TALL Engineers in 2005. After merging TALL with Entuitive in 2016, Toby remained as UK Director until leaving to concentrate on Allt.
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Dr Andrew Minson
Dr Andrew Minson
Director of Concrete and Sustainable Construction at the Global Cement and Concrete Association
Andrew is Director of Concrete and Sustainable Construction at the Global Cement and Concrete Association. He is currently chair of the Design Practice, Risk and Structural Safety Committee of The Institution of Structural Engineers and a member of the Engineering Leadership Group.

He had 10 years with Arup in building engineering where he worked in multi-disciplinary teams on international projects before 14 years leading The Concrete Centre in the UK.
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Sam Price
Sam Price
Founder of Price & Myers
Sam founded Price & Myers with Robert Myers in 1978. He has structured many award-winning new buildings, with a particular interest in theatres and concert halls.

He has advised on a number of cathedrals, and is a member of the Cathedral Architects Association. He has lectured at Cambridge, Glasgow, Trieste, Bergen, Hong Kong, and Vancouver. He was for twelve years a member of the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.
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Roger Ridsdill Smith
Roger Ridsdill Smith
Head of Structural Engineering team at Foster + Partners
Roger is the Head of the Structural Engineering team at Foster + Partners. He is a Fellow of The Institution of Structural Engineers and a licensed Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in the United States.

He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2010, and the IABSE Milne Medal in 2017.
 
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Nick Russell
Nick Russell
Consultant at Perega
Nick is a Consultant at Perega, an 80-strong consulting organisation specialising in civil and structural engineering, glass engineering and building surveying. His extensive experience spans many sectors, including expert witness, commercial, retail, industrial, education, residential and major losses. Nick’s primary role at Perega is in advising on training of staff with a current emphasis on graduate training.

Nick has a passion for conceptual design and in making structures as effective as possible. Nick is a Past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also holds visiting professorships at the universities of East London and Surrey and is immediate past chair of the Joint Board of Moderators. Nick has a deep interest in making sure that undergraduates receive a sound and relevant education that will underpin their careers as professional engineers. 
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Kristina Scheibler-Frood
Kristina Scheibler-Frood
Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer at AECOM
Kristina is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer at AECOM working in the London structures team. Over the last eight years she has been involved in the design and construction stages of major projects, specialising in retained façades, listed buildings and deep basements. Projects have included No 1 Palace Street, a luxury residential development and North West Cambridge, a highly sustainable new suburb of Cambridge.

Kristina is also committed to engaging with students of all ages and the wider community to promote the engineering industry. In recognition of her work, Kristina was awarded the IStructE’s Young Structural Engineering Professional Award 2019.
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SawTeen See
SawTeen See
President of See Robertson Structural Engineers

SawTeen See PE, Dist. M. ASCE, FIStructE is President of See Robertson Structural Engineers and provides consulting design services; she is partly retired.

SawTeen was the Managing Partner of Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) from 1991 to 2017. She has extensive experience in the structural design of the full spectrum of building types with particular expertise in tall building design and long-span structures. SawTeen was the partner-in-charge of the structural engineering of iconic structures including the Shanghai World Financial Center; the Lotte World Tower in Seoul and the Merdeka PNB 118 Tower, Kuala Lumpur.

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