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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.

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The second edition of IABSE Future of Design in New York City was held on Saturday April 28, 2018. Over 170 professionals, contractors, academics and students joined at the Manny Cantor Center in the Lower East Side, NYC. Don’t forget to take the survey below to give the organizing committee your thoughts on the conference.


The 2018 Edition was organized in four sessions that took the audience from incredible stories of collaborations to the discovery of one’s own experience of collaborations. In the first session, the attendees watch a video of designers from the whole world tell their stories of collaboration, then the listened to established designers and practitioners give their take on creative collaboration. In the afternoon attendees learned about what collaboration means in practice from a vibrant panel of architects and engineers. Finally they participated in a workshop and did a real exercise of collaboration. The full program of the 2018 conference can be found here .


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Program of the second edition of Future of Design conference


Pictures from the second edition of the Future of Design NYC conference

All photos courtesy Paul Laroque


The second edition of IABSE Future of Design NYC was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the following partners.

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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.