Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing

This research is enabled through a UBC Martha Piper Research Fund grant. The objective is to identify the potential of Canadian research expertise and industrial capacities to support disaster relief housing responses and subsequent long-term housing solutions worldwide. The project focuses on the evaluation of the disaster relief housing provided for the victims of the 2010 Chile earthquake. The long-term goal is to develop culturally-specific solutions for disaster relief that will fulfil the housing needs of people around the world affected by natural disasters.

Landmark pedestrian bridge Concepcion

Working with the engineering company Juan Marcos, I was involved in designing a trademark pedestrian timber bridge spanning over the main entrance highway to Concepción, Chile.

Nail-laminated office building

As an extension of my work on nail-laminated timber elements, I helped applying for funding to get a pilot project underway that used dowel-laminated elements – a novel building system for Chile. A first three storey office building was subsequently built in Concepción.

Pre-fabricated residential buildings

In February 2002, I worked with the residential construction company “Capreva” , which builds high price houses for the Chilean market. I acquired understanding in the processes of pre-fabrication and on site erection of wooden houses. The most representative project I worked on was the “Casa Orilla Lago Ranco”, a 400sqm mansion build in traditional frame method but with the walls partly prefabricated.

Gazebo Structures at UBC

In the context of my participation in the NRCAN project “Value added building components”, I was trained on the Hundegger K2 equipment. Amongst other projects, a timber-frame structure for a sports field was designed, the components processed.