Conceptual design: creativity and idea generation during lockdown – 17th June


An IStructE-hosted webinar on how to maintain a creative team dynamic that supports great design when working remotely.

Wednesday 17th June –  12:30-13:45 London time

Register on the IStructE website


This is the first of five webinars designed to take you through the conceptual design process.

Design teams are adapting to the new normal of remote working. This presents challenges to how to maintain a creative team dynamic that supports great design when working remotely.

This fun and interactive webinar will challenge you to come at problems from different perspectives and develop your divergent thinking.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the design team as a creative system
  • Identify ways to improve interactions across a team of remote workers
  • Improve ways to share design information when the traditional ways are no longer possible.


Book via the IStructE website.

About the trainers

James Norman – University of Bristol

James has 12 years design experience working for Ramboll and Integral Engineering Design. He has nine years’ academic experience, including a PhD at the University of Bristol. He has designed buildings out of mud, timber, steel and lots and lots of concrete, and worked for a year on the facade of the extension to the Tate Modern. James authored Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide and is Associate Professor of Sustainable Design.

Oliver Broadbent

Oliver is a broadcaster, trainer and writer. He is Founder and Director of training company Constructivist, where he leads course design and delivery. He works with the universities of Bath, Cambridge and Imperial to developed innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery.

He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. He has co-authored a series of good practice teaching guides for the Academy on experience-led learning, e-learning for engineers, effective industrial engagement in engineering education and how to teach sustainability.

Oliver is creator of Eiffel Over – a collection of writing, broadcasts, performances and workshops on creativity and philosophy for engineers and other humans. Through Eiffel Over, Oliver aims to inspire people to rise to the challenge of the climate and biodiversity crises and to give them the practical creative problem-solving skills to do so.