• 2021
  • Website and identify refresh

    August 2021

    Volunteers from the IED's Council work to produce a new website and online presence for the IED.

  • REnvP licence granted

    March 2021

    Society for the Environment award the IED a licence to register suitably qualified and experienced members as Registered Environmental Practitioners (REnvP)

  • 2020
  • First Registered Product Designer awarded

    July 2020

    Luke Ruell, a designer at Dyson becomes the first ever Registered Product Designer

  • 2016
  • Registered Product Designer developed

    September 2016

    The second grade of professional registration for Product Designers is introduced - Registered Product Designer sits alongside the Chartership and offers professional registration to a wider range of product design professionals

  • 2014
  • First Chartered Technological Product Designers awarded

    July 2014

    The first ever Chartered Technological Product Designer registrations were awarded to four individuals, who were presented with their certificates at a reception hosted by IED Patron HRH Prince Philip at St James Palace.

  • IED leads the way with female CEO, President and Chair

    July 2014

    In what's thought to be a first in the world of Professional Engineering Institutions, the IED has women in all three leading roles - Maggie Philbin as President, Dr Tania Humphries-Smith as Chair and Libby Meyrick as CEO

  • 2012
  • IED becomes a Chartered Body

    January 2012

    The IED is granted a Royal Charter by the Privy Council, recognising the value and worth of design to humanity and the professionalism of the organisation and our members.

  • 2011
  • Chartered Environmentalist licence achieved

    May 2011

    The IED becomes a licensed body of the Society for the Environment, able to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration to suitably experienced members.

  • 1997
  • CAD division developed

    March 1997

    The IED incorporates ICAD into membership, creating specific professional recognition for CAD practitioners

  • 1981
  • IED becomes licensed body of Engineering Council

    May 1981

    The IED becomes a licensed body of the newly formed Engineering Council, able to award registration as EngTech, IEng and CEng to suitably qualified and experienced members.

  • 1974
  • New HQ at Courtleigh, Westbury

    May 1974

    The IED makes the bold decision to move from London to Wiltshire, buying Courtleigh in Westbury Leigh as a base.

  • 1956
  • 'Engineering Designer' journal launched

    January 1956

    The first issue of the IED's journal Engineering Designer was launched.

  • 1954
  • Royal Patronage from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

    May 1954

    HRH The Duke of Edinburgh receives Honorary Membership of the Institution and does us the great honour of agreeing to be our Royal Patron

  • 1945
  • Founding of the Institution


    Founded as the Institution of Isometricians, which soon becomes the Institution of Engineering Draughting and Design before settling as the Institution of Engineering Designers. Founded by Wally Walters and originally based in Portland Place, London.