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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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The 2018 Edition is organized in four sessions. They will take you from incredible stories of collaborations to the discovery of your own experience of intersections.


An introductory session where a diverse array of engineers, architects, designers, and builders from all over the world share their recollections of interesting collaborations. Find out more about submitting a video here .


Keynotes by accomplished and emerging designers, sharing collaborative case studies. Speakers include:


A panel discussion on “Collaboration through Competition,” where a number of recent design competition winners talk about strategies for collaboration. Participants include:


A workshop where participants will get to apply what they’ve seen, heard, and learned about during the day.  Small groups will be formed to engage in design exercises that culminate in the early formulation of a design competition entry.  Workshop will be led by:



Tickets are available for purchase now.

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

Conference Sponsor




Program Sponsor

Allied Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. See detail here or contact info@fodnyc.org. to reach the organization committee.



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.