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Research Interests

Timber and Bamboo Structures; Embodied Carbon; Low-cost housing; Earthquake Engineering; Temporary Shelter in Disaster Zones; Sustainability (Environmentally Friendly Construction)

Vision Statement

I believe that humanity faces two fundamental challenges over the next century: tackling climate change and supplying the demands imposed by the urbanisation of the developing world. Providing good quality housing for urban dwellers with minimal carbon emissions and at an affordable economic cost is what I strive towards. Natural materials such as timber and bamboo that combine great strength with minimal environmental impact (when sustainably grown and harvested) must be a fundamental part of the solution. My role as a structural engineer, is to enable and promote their use in a safe and reliable manner.


David was born, raised and educated in Colombia. He studied Civil Engineering at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, graduating in 2000. He then worked in the reconstruction of the Coffee-growing region following the 1999 earthquake. Here he became motivated to learn about bamboo structures, but felt he lacked the skills and experience to lead in this field. In 2003, he moved to the UK to study an MSc in Earthquake Engineering at Imperial College London, where he obtained a distinction. In 2004 he started working for Chiltern Clarkebond (later CCB Evolution) a consultancy that specialised in the design of multi-storey timber-frame structures. In 2007 he moved to Buro Happold, a structural engineering consultancy. Here he contributed to the design of numerous landmark steel and concrete structures such as the Library of Birmingham. In 2010 he became chartered with the Institution of Structural Engineers, and was awarded the Bob Fischer memorial prize for his performance in the chartership exam. In 2009, determined to further his work with bamboo, David moved out of industry and into academia, joining Coventry University as a Senior Lecturer. He currently chairs the INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan) Task Force for Structural Uses of Bamboo.

Area of Expertise:

Structural and earthquake engineering

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

Oct 2009Aug 2010

Earthquake Engineering, MSc, Imperial College London

Oct 2003Sep 2004

Civil Engineering, Degree, National University of Colombia

Aug 1994Jun 2000

External positions

Chair of Bamboo Construction Task Force, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan - INBAR

1 Jan 2015 → …

Nominated expert to ISO TC 165 WG12, International Organisation for Standardisation

15 Sep 2013 → …

Member of Advisory Committee, TRADA


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • structural engineering
  • earthquake engineering
  • timber engineering
  • bamboo engineering

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Research Output

Inbar construction task force – an explorative way for development in the bamboo construction sector

Liu, K. W., Trujillo, D., Harries, K., Laverde, M. C., Lorenzo, R. & Frith, O., 1 Jan 2020, Modern Engineered Bamboo Structures - Proceedings of the Sustainable Bamboo Building Materials Symposium of BARC 2018 and 3rd International Conference on Modern Bamboo Structures, ICBS 2018. Xiao, Y., Li, Z. & Liu, K. W. (eds.). CRC Press/Balkema, p. 51-61 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

  • Bamboo reinforced concrete: a critical review

    Trujillo, D., Archila Santos, H., Kaminski, S., Zea Escamilla, E. & Harries, K., Aug 2018, In : Materials and Structures. 51, 4, 18 p., 102.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 14 Citations (Scopus)
    66 Downloads (Pure)

    Empirically derived connection design properties for Guadua bamboo

    Trujillo, D. & Malkowska, D., 28 Feb 2018, In : Construction and Building Materials. 163, p. 9-20 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    66 Downloads (Pure)

    Industrial or Traditional Bamboo Construction? Comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Bamboo-Based Buildings

    Zea Escamilla, E., Habert, G., correal daza, J. F., Archila Santos, H., Echeverry Fernández, J. S. & Trujillo, D., 30 Aug 2018, In : Sustainability. 10, 9, 14 p., 3096.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    25 Downloads (Pure)

    Flexural properties as a basis for bamboo strength grading

    Trujillo, D., Jangra, S. & Gibson, J. M., Apr 2017, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings. 170, 4, p. 284-294

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    195 Downloads (Pure)


    • 2 Participation in conference

    World Bamboo Congress

    David Trujillo (Speaker)
    15 Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Colombian Committee for Standardization of Bamboo

    David Trujillo (Speaker)
    1 Apr 2003

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference