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Prof Dina D'Ayala
UCL Chadwick Building
Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 7226 (x37226)
  • Professor of Structural Engineering
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Research Summary

Professor Dina D'Ayala is Head of Structures and Co-director of the EPICentre research centre.  She is a structural engineer with a humanities background and her research focus is the protection of architectural heritage and urban settlements from natural hazard. Previously at University of Bath, she headed the Earthquake and Conservation Engineering Research group for 15 years. She believes that to preserve to posterity the authenticity of heritage in different locations worldwide a common and systemic interdisciplinary approach should be followed, delivering sustainable heritage structures within resilient communities.  Research milestones include the development of a numerical procedure to determine the seismic vulnerability of masonry dwelling (FaMIVE) with application from Turkey to Nepal, to Iran and Italy, the design and development of two patented dissipative strengthening prototypes, to retrofit architectural heritage and limit damage from seismic shocks.

Current interdisciplinary research encompasses the numerical analysis and design of retrofit intervention for adobe heritage in South America, the development of seismic analytical vulnerability functions for low and none engineered buildings worldwide within the GEM framework, the development of resilient measure to reduce vulnerability to flood and wind driven rain of historic buildings in the UK. Dina is an EERI member, a SECED member and a member of the EEFIT team. She is joint editor of the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, and member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Architectural Heritage. She has been a consultant to the WB, IDA, UNDP and UNESCO on projects of heritage conservation and hazard protection in the Middle East, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iraq, Nepal etc.

She teaches Structures, Earthquake Engineering, Conservation Engineering and Design to Civil  Engineering and Architecture students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Academic Background
1994 PhD Dottorato di Ricerca – Civil and Structural Engineering Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
1988 LAU Laurea – Civil Engineering Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
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