Alongside the parallel conference sessions, there will be four design workshops facilitated by design professionals. These will be limited to 35 people per session and will be available to pre-book at registration . Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Each workshop will take three hours.

Workshop 1: How to have ideas - tools and techniques for design professionals
Workshop 2: Footbridge over the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames
Workshop 3: A shelter for Glastonbury campers 
Workshop 4: Realising a Vision

We will endeavour to accommodate presenters who wish to attend a particular workshop. However, given the overall scheduling of the event this may not always be possible and we will try to offer you a space in an alternative workshop. If you are a presenter and wish to attend a particular workshop, please let us know at including your paper number and title. A draft programme is available here .

Workshop 1: How to have ideas - tools and techniques for design professionals

Oliver Broadbent
Think Up - Innovators in engineering education

This three-hour-long workshop focuses on one key step in the design process – the generation of ideas. This is the part of the design process when, the brief having been defined, the process of divergent thinking starts. It is the time at which the designer draws upon a wide range of information, not just drawn from the brief and background research, but also wider interests and experience. The combination of this information in the mind and a whole range of stimuli causes the designer to experience an idea. This is the part of the process at which the project stands on the point of greatest potential – and yet it is a process in which many built environment professionals have little or no training.

Think Up’s approach to training people in how to have ideas is to treat idea generation as a series of steps, each of which require particular skills, and each of which can be learnt. These steps range from short-term techniques to generate ideas in a particular moment through to long-term strategies to gather information which will support creative thinking in future.

Workshop 2: Footbridge over the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames

Héctor Beade-Pereda, Senior Bridge Designer, Knight Architects
Ignacio Paya Zaforteza, Associate Professor, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

The exercise simulates the earlier steps of the design of a footbridge, focusing on choosing an appropriate location, a horizontal and vertical alignment, a span arrangement, and bridge basic appearance/type.

The exercise concentrates on the preliminary design of a footbridge over the River Thames in Henley. The town is mostly located on the right bank of the river and there is a single bridge (Grade I listed, built in 1786) spanning its waters. The place is famous for the Henley Royal Regatta, a rowing event established on 1839 and held annually (during 5 days over the first weekend in July) on the Thames by the town centre. The event attracts thousands of visitors, the existing bridge being a pinch point due to the high crossing demand. This site is subject to a variety of constraints that the workshop attendees will need to consider when designing this footbridge.

Workshop 3: A shelter for Glastonbury campers

Tim Ibell
Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design (Research), University of Bath

This workshop is intended for structural and architectural designers who wish to develop their conceptual design abilities. It will cover those first few exciting hours of imagination, exploration of ideas and initial feasibility which occur in any major design project. A maximum of 35 delegates will be permitted to attend this workshop, broken into eight teams in total, each comprising four or five members. Designers from the worlds of architecture, bridges, buildings or any other form of infrastructure are very welcome to join in any team.

Photo credit: Stephen Liddell, Glastonbury – Then and Now, 2013

Workshop 4: Realising a Vision

Andreas Gianoli
Discipline Construction Engineer, ETH Zurich

In line with the IABSE Bath Conference theme 'Creativity and Collaboration' this workshop is aimed to design an appropriate structure into a given architectural vision. Ideally this will be a multidisciplinary task to promote collaboration between different disciplines. Based on the given geometry, the groups can develop ideas and design a structure that fits best to the vision. The complexity of the geometry allows lots of different concepts for the design of the structure. The aim is to design an elegant, efficient and practicable structure that fits all given needs. Simple hand calculations to be undertaken to confirm the structural integrity of the proposed design solution.


Flotation pavilion
Inflatable roof for a stadium 


(The building moves and turns like clockwork)