The conceptual design of structures is at the heart of the design process and when the most fundamental and influential decisions are taken for a project. It merges experience, intuition, tradition, site constraints, technical solutions and, above all, the genius and sensitivity of the designers.

The aim of the International fib Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures 2021 is to generate a fruitful exchange event for academics and practitioners from engineering, architecture and other disciplines on the topic of the conceptual design of structures. The focus is placed on experiences made particularly during the design process. The discussions should reflect how a project emerges, how design decisions are taken, how responsibilities are distributed, how obstacles and constraints are handled, how fundamental design principles are applied and the way the individual members of the design team collaborate.

The International fib Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures 2021 is jointly organized by the Laboratory for Structural Concrete Engineering at EPFL Lausanne (Prof. Aurelio Muttoni) and the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich (Prof. Joseph Schwartz) in collaboration with the fib (International Federation for Structural Concrete). The event continues a series of symposia opened by fib and whose first edition was held in Madrid in 2019.

The International fib Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures 2021, which is planned for September 16-18 2021, will follow an innovative hybrid format with both in-person and online constributions. Please note that the symposium will be held entirely online, on the same dates, if restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic will make this necessary.


Discussion on the Olympic Stadium Munich 1976; (left to right) H. Isler, F. Auer, F. Otto, J. Schlaich, F. Leonhardt, R. Bergermann and K. Gabriel; source: A. Bögle, 2003