Registration is now open!

$40 Students and IABSE members / $80 Professional

Ticket pricing includes:
All panels and workshops
Breakfast and Lunch
Cocktail Reception to follow the conference

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8:30      Registration
9:00      Welcome
9:10      The Future of Design
11:15     Coffee Break
11:45     The Future of Practice
1:00       Lunch
2:00       Future Contexts
3:30       Coffee Break
4:00       Design Workshop
5:30       Pinup Session
6:15       Close
6:30       Reception

Future of Design

Accomplished designers and researchers will pair with emerging architects and engineers to consider the future of structural design.

Sigrid Adriaenssens, Princeton University
Antonio Rodriguez,  Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA)
Glenn Bell, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 
Guy Nordenson, Guy Nordenson and Associates and Princeton University 
Eric Long, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 
Michael Stein, schlaich bergermann partner
Anand Babu, Sidewalk Labs
Bill Washabaugh, Hypersonic
Julian Rose, Formless Finder
Luca Frattari, Altair


Future of Practice

A panel discussion featuring engineers and architects from large firms and new startups on their current approaches and future ambitions for design and collaboration.

Elizabeth Mahlow, Nous Engineering
Christopher O’Hara, Studio NYL
Paul Kassabian, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Aaron Forest, Ultramoderne
Ben Tait, UAP

Josh Lobel, C.W. Keller + Associates

Future Contexts/New Solutions

Short presentations and a panel discussion on how engineers and architects can apply their skills in global locations and in diverse situations, particularly through disaster relief and emergency response.

Matt Carter, Arup
Jennifer Anna Pazdon, Cast Connex
Simon David, BIG
Don Weinrich and Eliza Montgomery, Ennead Architects

Design Workshop

Future of Design 2017 will include a design workshop, open to all registrants. Led by Ted Segal, of Hofstra University, the workshop will focus on repurposing shipping containers for resilience, relief, and rescue related to storm surge and flooding in New York City. Within this context, participants will generate ideas across a range of functions and scales. The workshop will culminate in a pinup session in which participants present sketches and physical models while discussing their designs with peers and critics.

This workshop provides 2.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Continuing Education for Professional Engineers.


Thank you to our sponsors:


Want to be part of Future of Design 2017? Become a sponsor by selecting one of the sponsorship packages below. For more info, contact

Full Conference Sponsor ($2000)

  • Display Table
  • Large Logo on Website, Program, e-blasts, flyers
  • Logo on Sponsor Slide
  • Free event passes for up to 4 representatives

Optional Add-Ins

  • Named Sponsor, Breakfast and Coffee ($1000)

Allied Sponsor ($500)

  • Logo on Website
  • Logo on Program


Future of Design 2017 in New York City will energize the community of structural engineers, architects and builders by exploring new ways of designing, building, and collaborating. The conference will feature speakers discussing innovative approaches to practice, materials, resilience, sustainability, and design for the developing world.

Through lectures, panel discussions, and workshops, the conference will test new ideas and forge new connections. Join us to meet the next generation of designers and build the Future of Design.

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The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is a scientific / technical Association comprising members in 100 countries and counting 51 National Groups worldwide. Founded in 1929 it has its seat in Zurich, Switzerland. The President of IABSE (2016-2019) is Fernando Branco, Portuqal.

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.


Manny Cantor Center
Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway
New York, NY  10002

April 29, 2017
8:30am – 6:00pm

Reception to follow


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