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
    Connection design, reversible connections, connection overstrength, seismic design, capacity design, tall timber buildings, modular timber buildings, engineered wood products, CLT, timber design standards, structural analysis, durability
  • Modular and offsite construction of timber buildings
    Design for Manufacture, Assembly, and Disassembly (DfMA+D), Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), prefabrication, integrated design, parametric design, panelised and modular systems, reversible and relocatable buildings
  • Sustainability and circularity of timber buildings
    Design for circularity, design for deconstruction, design for reuse and cascading use, carbon sequestration and storage in bio-based products, structural performance of reclaimed timber
  • Contact-free measuring techniques
    Digital image correlation (DIC) and particle tracking (PT)
  • Timber building performance
    Design for indoor environmental quality, building performance literacy, structural health monitoring, integration of structural design with hygrothermal performance and passive house design, integrated design
  • 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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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Lisa Ottenhaus is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor