StructureMode was founded in 2007 by Chartered structural engineer Geoff Morrow to promote and apply the power of structural engineering to improve design and create thoughtful, beautiful, efficient, and creative projects.
We have a strong focus on communication to understand the design intent and suggest adjustments, as well as introducing innovative structural concepts to improve the overall design. These interventions often eliminate unnecessary structure and simplify the arrangement, which reduces costs and embodied carbon. We focus on material use, keeping abreast of latest developments. By promoting low carbon alternatives, we further reduce embodied carbon.
By producing clear and detailed drawings, coordinated with the architecture and other disciplines, our projects run more smoothly by giving the contractor the information they need to get on with the job. We also use our experience to help foresee and avoid difficulties that can lead to extra costs or delay.
Our work includes large new-build structures and, often complex, refurbishments for public and private residential clients, plus retail, arts & education, commercial, entertainment and humanitarian projects. We made our name with cool stuff such as temporary structures, sculpture, bespoke staircases and furniture (and we still love doing this). We are world leaders in fabric formwork and lightweight tensile and tensegrity structures. Our clients keep us busy with new multi-storey housing and mixed-use developments, basements under existing buildings and sensitive refurbishments of historic and listed buildings.
We are actively engaged in engineering research, conducting practice based research and as Industry Partners with the University of Cambridge on the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT).
We use Revit for BIM projects, plus AutoCAD, Rhino and Sketchup. Analysis and optimisation using Oasys GSA and Grasshopper, and connections are designed using IDEA StatiCa. These modelling and design tools help us quickly develop more efficient, integrated and elegant structures.