2017 Photos

All photos courtesy Paul Laroque.

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2017 Program


Download the complete 2017 program here.

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

2017 Design Workshop

Future of Design 2017 included a design workshop, open to all registrants. Led by Ted Segal, of Hofstra University, the workshop focused on repurposing shipping containers for resilience, relief, and rescue related to storm surge and flooding in New York City.


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


Future of Design in New York City is an annual conference with a mission to energize the community of structural engineers, architects and builders by exploring new ways of designing, building, and collaborating. The conference discusses innovative approaches to practice, materials, resilience, sustainability, and design for the developing world.

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

The first annual Future of Design NYC  took place on April 29, 2017 at the Educational Alliance. Join our mailing list to receive updates about Future of Design NYC 2018.

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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.

Notes from the Field

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


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