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Professor Richard Harris

The University of Bath

Professor Richard Harris BSc CEng FIStructE FICE FIMMM HonoraryProfessor, The University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK)

In January 2016, Richard Harris retired from his role as Professor of Timber Engineering at in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. He continues working with the academics at the University, particularly within the BRE Centre for Innovative Materials, as well as providing consulting, teaching and research through Time for Timber Ltd He is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining. His specialist area of work is Timber Engineering, particularly in relation to the design and construction of timber structures.

His research includes:

  • Timber gridshell structures
  • Tall timber buildings – the response of tall timber buildings under wind load
  • Structural properties of UK timber – Characterisation of the relationship between wood anatomy and structural properties for Douglas-fir grown in S W England
  • Traditional joints in timber – the engineering properties of traditional joints
  • Timber: Concrete composites – The structural behaviour of thin-topping timber/cementitious’ topping composites
  • FRP dowels in connection is timber - metal-free connections for timber
  • Bonded rods – industrial research

Between 2011 and 2015, Richard chaired the European network COST Action FP1004, which brought together researchers from institutions in twenty-six European countries as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining the University of Bath in 2009, Richard was a Technical Director with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers. In his twenty-five years with Buro Happold he led structural engineering design teams, working on a range of structures in differing sectors and using differing construction methods and materials. In his specialist field of Timber Engineering, he has been responsible for a wide range of timber engineering projects and technical papers, several of which won awards. These include:

  • The Globe Theatre (Carpenters Award 1998)
  • The Downland Gridshell, (The Wood Awards Gold Award 2003)
  • The Savill Building (The Wood Awards Gold Award 2006)
  • The Institution of Structural Engineers Supreme Award 2007 (for the Savill Building).
  • The IStructE Derrington Award in 2003
  • The ICE Bill Curtin Medal in 2004
  • The IStructE Murray Buxton Diploma in 2005
  • The IStructE Oscar Faber Diploma 2008
  • The ICE Howard Medal 2016

Wood in Architecture  2016

Wood in Architecture  2013

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