StructureMode are structural engineers founded in 2007 by Chartered Structural Engineer Geoff Morrow to promote and apply the power of intelligent innovative structural engineering and creative ideas to produce low-carbon, thoughtful and beautiful structures.

Most of our work is large new-build developments and complex historic refurbishments for both public and private clients, working in the residential, commercial, arts, entertainment and humanitarian sectors. We are known for cool stuff, such as pavilions, sculpture, bespoke staircases and furniture (and we still love doing this). We are world leaders in fabric formwork for concrete structures, lightweight funicular structures (using compression and tension only) and tensegrity structures. However, and thankfully, our clients keep us busy with large new-build housing, mixed-use developments, basement extensions and refurbishments of regular and listed buildings. Please give us more!

We take time to understand the brief and design intent, so we can introduce intelligent structural ideas that often change and improve the overall design. These interventions often eliminate unnecessary structure/materials and simplify the building process, which reduces construction cost and embodied carbon. We keep abreast of new materials and technology, promoting and using them to optimise our designs to further reduce carbon.

By producing clear, detailed and coordinated drawings, our projects run 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, both of which help avoid increased construction costs and delay.

We are actively engaged in engineering research: conducting practice-based research and publishing peer-reviewed research papers; Industry Partners with the University of Cambridge on their EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT); and Industry Collaborators with the University of Bath on their research project ‘Healthy Housing for Displaced People.

For drawings we use Revit for BIM projects, as well as AutoCAD, Rhino and Sketchup. For analysis and optimisation we use Oasys GSA and Grasshopper, and connections are designed using IDEA StatiCa. These modern modelling and design tools help us quickly develop more efficient, integrated and elegant structures.

StructureMode are structural engineers founded in 2007 by Chartered structural engineer Geoff Morrow to promote and apply the power of intelligent structural engineering and creative ideas to improve design and produce thoughtful, efficient, innovative and beautiful structures.

Geoff Morrow

CEng, MIStructE, MEng
Founder and Director

Qualifications
MEng Civil Engineering (1994)
Chartered Engineer (1998)

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Geoff Morrow started StructureMode in 2007, driven by his passion for beautiful design through an innovative and collaborative approach to structural engineering and materials. He has over 25 years experience designing and delivering a broad range of bespoke refurbishment and new build projects across many sectors, regions and scales.

Geoff has an excellent track record of sensitive refurbishment, new-build housing, retail developments, office buildings, bespoke element design, sculpture design and temporary structures. His articulate communication and clear understanding of the architectural design and aesthetic intent, combined with his knowledge of how to best realise it structurally, makes him a valuable and creative force on any design team.

As well as working on many projects in and around London, he has considerable experience designing international projects in developing countries, using local materials to make robust, comfortable and cost efficient buildings.

Geoff leads and mentors his team at all levels, encouraging collaborative working and achieving accelerated career development. This has led to many engineers early attainment of Chartered Engineer status, and some have been recognised by professional awards, including the IStructE who commended one of our engineers for a Young Structural Engineering Professional Award.

He has led practice-based research projects to investigate, test and analyse fabric-formed concrete, tensegrity systems and compression-only structures. The knowledge and understanding gained through this work has been applied to several live projects. He is an Industry Partner with the University of Cambridge on their EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT) and Industry Collaborator with the University of Bath on their research project ‘Healthy Housing for Displaced People.

Geoff is also a sculptor working mainly with steel and stoneware. Many of his pieces integrate and challenge his structural engineering. His sculptures have been shortlisted for the 2014 V&A ‘Inspired by…’ competition, and exhibited at the ‘Shoreham Sculpture Trail’ hosted by the London Group, June 2017.

He often lectures and tutors students at many architectural and engineering schools, including Bath, Oxford Brookes, Westminster, Sheffield and the Bartlett.

We love to be involved in education to help encourage and inspire up-coming generations of Engineers and Architects. It often challenges us to think outside the box and allows us to help reset the relationship between engineering and architecture.

We believe good architecture and design can be made better through structural engineering. A philosophy we apply in all our practise.