Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Design history


I have followed with interest the debate about engineers' involvement in bridge design competitions. As I am neither bridge engineer nor architect, I hesitate to offer an opinion.

However, in browsing my bookcase recently, I found a book entitled The Aesthetic Aspect of Civil Engineering Design - A Record of Six Lectures delivered at the ICE.

This was published in 1945, so the debate is not new. Of the six authors, only two were engineers, three were architects and one was an artist.

In his opening remarks to the first lecture, the Chairman, David Anderson, ICE president, explained that the lectures had been arranged because 'there was a need to stimulate within civil engineers and civil engineering students an appreciation of aesthetic considerations in relation to their work'.

Does the proposal that we should now opt out of design competitions mean that, after over 60 years, ICE' s aesthetic credentials have not improved?

Trevor Hodgson (F), Bretton, Wakeeld,

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.