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Dr Marco Baiguera PhD

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

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Marco Baiguera is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southampton.

Before joining the University of Southampton he was a Research Fellow in Earthquake and Tsunami Engineering at University College London (2018-2021), where he worked as a member of the EPICentre research group. He has contributed to the development of innovative tools for the design and assessment of buildings to tsunami. These include a nonlinear static procedure for the design of buildings to tsunami, which will be referenced in the commentary to the new edition of ASCE 7-22 tsunami design guidelines. He has worked closely with other researchers at UCL and research partners in UK (Willis Research Network) and across the world (e.g. University of Hawaii; Catholic Pontifical University of Chile, Sri Lanka Moratuwa University). He has built and maintained links with World Bank and NGOs and other non-academic institutions (SECED and EEFIT).

He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2017). In his PhD studies, he developed an innovative design strategy to minimise earthquake damage in steel buildings through the use of bespoke sacrificial elements (i.e. stainless steel dampers). He investigated the benefits of structures equipped with such dampers not just for earthquake protection but also in a progressive collapse scenario. For its novelty, he was invited by IStructE to inspire young professionals on the need for resilient design strategies.

He is an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). He is a Graduate Member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). He is also an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


PhD in Civil Engineering, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, 2017

MSc in Civil Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy, 2013

BSc in Civil Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy, 2010

Appointments held:

Research Fellow, University College London, 2018-2021

Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton 2021

Research interests

Marco’s main research focus is the development of new engineering tools for estimating the impact of natural hazards on the built environment. His work aims to generate methods that integrate the design and assessment of buildings for multiple hazards, such as earthquake, tsunami and sequential earthquake-tsunami loadings, with emphasis on critical structures in developed and developing countries. Recent research projects led to the establishment of analytical tools for design of buildings to tsunami loading and tsunami risk assessment of education and healthcare facilities through field survey activities.

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Infrastructure Group

Affiliate research group

EPICentre - UCL

He is a member (elected) of Young Member’s Subcommittee of UK Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED). He participates in the ASCE 7 Tsunami Loads and Effects subcommittee contributing to the revision of Chapter 6 of ASCE 7-22. He is also an active member of the European COST action “Accelerating global science in tsunami hazard and risk analysis”.

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CENV6086 Advanced Structural Engineering (Module Lead)

CENV2036 Structural Design (Concrete design component)

CENV2031 Structural Analysis (Module Lead)

Dr Marco Baiguera
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