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new york city | april 28,2018


Future of Design in New York City is an annual conference to energize the community of structural engineers, architects, artists, fabricators, and builders by exploring new ways of designing, building, and collaborating. The conference is interactive, hands-on, experimental, forward-looking and broad in its reach with an aim to maximize the exchange of innovative and provocative ideas between participants.

During the first Future of Design Conference in NYC, in 2017, accomplished engineers and researchers paired up with emerging and innovative designers to present ideas on what the future holds for structural engineering. We also explored the future of our practice and how as designers we adapt to ever changing contexts with increasing complexity.

The second Future of Design Conference in NYC will take place on April 28, 2018 at the Education Alliance. We will be exploring intersections between our disciplines and hear about collaborations between engineers, architects, artists, fabricators, developers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and more. We hope you will share your most interesting collaborative experience, discuss and debate about how it happened and what it suggests for the future of design.

Thoughts from some of last year’s attendees:

  • “This is the most wonderful event that I ever joined in NYC for this industry!”
  • “Thanks again for organizing the best engineering related conference I’ve been to”
  • “Totally exceeded my expectations, and, from my conversations with other attendees, those of many others! The presentations, particularly in the morning, had the vibe of the TED Talks and were thought provoking”
  • “I enjoyed hearing about the types of things people were working on that weren’t the typical structural engineering topics; it opened up some new windows for the future.”
  • “The introduction of Future Design has opened a window for me to see through it. It facilitate communication, understanding and collaboration of architects, structural engineers, contractors and urban planner.”

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Saturday, April 28, 2018
All Day
Followed by Cocktail Reception

Manny Cantor Center
Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway

Presentations, Panel Discussions, Workshop, Reception

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We want you to get involved in this year’s conference! Tell us a story about a collaborative project. Film yourself telling this story and send it in before March 15th for 50% off your ticket price.

Designers for the built environment rarely work in isolation. This conference hopes to share some untold stories of collaboration. But we need you!

How do you collaborate with people from different disciplines in your projects? Have you worked with people you would never expect? How about an international collaborator? Tell us a story about one of your interesting collaborations in professional or academic work designing for the built environment. Or tell us a story about a favorite collaboration from history that inspires you.

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Want to be part of Future of Design 2018? For more information on sponsorship packages, contact info@fodnyc.org.

Sponsors can choose from the following 4 tiers to support the conference.


Allied Sponsor
  • Logo in program and on website
Progam Sponsor
  • Logo in program and on website
  • Banner/Placards during the conference
  • 2 Complimentary guest passes

Program sponsors will be specially acknowledged during one of the following program events:

  • FoD 2018 Film Sponsor
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Coffee Break Sponsor
  • Lunch Sponsor
  • Cocktail Hour Sponsor
Conference Sponsor
  • Logo in program and on website
  • Banner/Placards during the conference
  • Display table within event space
  • 4 Complimentary guest passes
Conference Patron
  • Logo in program and on website
  • Banner/Placards during the conference
  • Display table within event space
  • Special mention / most prominent logo display
  • 8 Complimentary guest passes


Tickets will be available for purchase on MARCH 1.

Eventbrite - IABSE Future of Design NYC 2018


The first edition of the IABSE Future of Design conference in the United States was held on April 29, 2017 in New York City. Over 160 professionals and academics attended the day conference.

The 2017 edition was organized around 4 sessions bringing together engineers, architects, industry experts and academic researchers to discuss and shape the future of the industry: Future of Design, Future of Practice, Future Contexts and New Solutions and Design Workshop. More information below. The full 2017 program can be found here

Program of the first edition of Future of Design conference



Pictures from the first edition of Future of Design conference

All photos courtesy Paul Laroque

Virginia Montgomery graphically recorded presentations and panel discussions at Future of Design 2017.


The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is a scientific / technical association that was founded in 1929, in Switzerland and has members in over 100 countries. It’s aim is to promote the exchange of knowledge and advance our profession globally. IABSE engages all aspects of structural engineering: the science and art of planning, design, construction, operation, monitoring and inspection, maintenance, rehabilitation and preservation, demolition and dismantling of structures, taking into consideration technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic and social aspects of design.

If you are not yet a member, please consider joining here. Members will enjoy a discount on all future IABSE events, access to the wealth of information that is the library of current and past publications and a copy of the quarterly journal of the SEI (Structural Engineering International), the leading international journal of structural engineering.




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