David Knight

Director, Cake Engineering

David Knight is a chartered structural engineer and designer, and has managed and designed a variety of award-winning projects on both a large and small scale. Recently, he was project director for the construction of Cody Dock Rolling Bridge, project director and lead designer for Bracklinn Falls Footbridge, and in July 2023 he was awarded the IABSE Early Career Prize in recognition of his work in the industry to date. He delights at working closely with architects to design and project manage bridges, buildings, sculpture and moving structures.

He is Director of Design and Engineering at Cake Industries, and has been responsible for the creation of a design and engineering team within the multi-material fabrication business, as well as a stand-alone structural engineering consultancy Cake Engineering. He serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE) British Group.

My Speaker Sessions

Wednesday 13 March 2024


Keynote 1: Future Spanning

09:05 - 09:35
  • The challenges and opportunities in new technology (AI, machine learning) and how bridge design might develop.
  • How this can be married with the pressing concerns of the climate emergency and the role of climate ethics.
  • The interplay between design and fabrication.
  • The process of craft, and how that applies to designers as well as makers.