Keynote Speakers

Assessment and monitoring of historical timber construction: techniques, approaches and opportunities

Mariapaola Riggio, Oregon State University, USA

Mariapaola Riggio has a MS in Architecture from the University of Florence and a PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Trento, Italy. Faculty at Oregon State University since 2015, Dr. Riggio has an established reputation among the international scientific community, as an expert in timber buildings assessment. This reputation is built upon 15 years of involvement in international projects and organizations, such as ISCARSAH-ICOMOS (International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage) and RILEM (The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures), to advance scientific knowledge related to the use of wood in the built environment and encourage transfer and application of this knowledge.

She has served as working group leader in research networks, such as the COST Action - European Cooperation in Science and Technology, FP1101 “Assessment, Monitoring and Reinforcement of Timber Structures” (concluded in 2015). Evidence of her impacts includes: publication of 4 book chapters and 26 scientific papers, 6 of which published as state of the art reports and technical guidelines in peer-reviewed journals, and serving as Guest Editor for 3 journal special-issues on assessment and monitoring of timber structures.