Dr Lisa Ottenhaus

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 344 31399


04/2015 – 05/2019 PhD Structural Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Thesis: Seismic Performance of Connections in Timber Buildings.

09/2012 – 02/2015 MSc Structural Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Thesis: Towards a Design Method for Bamboo Geodesic Domes.

10/2009 - 08/2012 BSc Civil Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Thesis: Concept and Construction of Tension Elements for the Optimized Design of Roofs.

Research Interests

  • Structural Timber Engineering
    Connections, seismic design, capacity design, tall timber buildings, engineered wood products, CLT, timber design standards, structural analysis and material modelling
  • Modular and offsite construction
    Design for Manufacture, Assembly, and Disassembly (DfMA+D), Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), prefabrication, integrated design, parametric design
  • Sustainability
    Design for circular economy, passive-house construction, design for deconstruction, carbon sequestration and storage in bio-based products
  • Contact-free measuring techniques
    Digital image correlation (DIC) and particle tracking velocimetry (PTV)
  • Structural Bamboo Engineering
    Mechanical properties and performance of bamboo and bamboo products as a construction material


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canterbury


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