Dr David Trujillo, CEng


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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

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, N/A, Coventry University

    Oct 2009Aug 2010

    Award Date: 12 Nov 2010

    Earthquake Engineering, MSc, Seismic Hazard from Crustal and Subduction Earthquakes, Imperial College London

    Oct 2003Sept 2004

    Award Date: 5 May 2004

    Civil Engineering, Degree, Study of tension connections in Guadua bamboo, National University of Colombia

    Aug 1994Jun 2000

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2000

    External positions

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

    1 Jan 2015 → …

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

    15 Sept 2013 → …

    Member of Advisory Committee, TRADA


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


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