Spatial Structures Research Centre

The Spatial Structures Research Centre was the first to be established in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey. We were founded by Professor Zygmunt Stanislaw Makowski in 1963, with the core aim of conducting research in the design, analysis and construction of spatial structures. Educating the spatial structures practitioners of the future has also been at the centre of our activities.

Meet the team

Professor Gerard Parke

Former Director of the Centre

Podcasts, articles and interviews

We've delved into all things spatial structures; listen to our podcast, watch the ‘Movers and Shakers’ interview series and read our digital magazine.

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Prof Jan Knippers (head of the @itke_stuttgart at the @Uni_Stuttgart) talks to us about #sustainable #construction
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Keynote Presentation – Massimo Maffeis Massimo Maffeis is the CEO of @maffeisengineer. Watch his keynote presentat…
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Keynote Presentation – Sergio Pellegrino Prof Pellegrino is currently Professor of Aerospace and #CivilEngineering

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Spatial Structures Research Centre
Thomas Telford Building
University of Surrey