Protecting architectural world heritage from earthquakes

Dr Dina D’Ayala will be discussing the fundamental concepts of earthquake engineering and recent research developments in the field of earthquake protection in a free public lecture at the University on Wednesday 21 March.

Human civilisation and seismic hazard are strictly correlated as people have historically settled for millennia in areas where earthquakes are common. This puts architectural artefacts and cultural heritage at risk of being destroyed by recurring earthquakes. Earthquake engineering is a relatively recent branch of engineering that aims to protect and design buildings to withstand earthquakes.

Dr D’Ayala’s lecture will talk about examples of retrofit earthquake protection of heritage structures in Europe and Latin America.

Dina D’Ayala is a Reader in Structures at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering of the University of Bath where she lectures on earthquake engineering and the conservation of historic buildings. She manages an international research group of ten people working on various aspects of the effects of natural hazards on historic buildings, collaborating with several UK, European and US academic and research institutes.

Dr D’Ayala’s is a member of EERI, EAEE, and is the Vice-Chair of the European Committee on strengthening of timber structures.

The lecture is taking place in Lecture Theatre 8West 1.1 and starts at 5.15pm. Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

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