Imperial College London

Dr Christian Malaga-Chuquitaype

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Ms Ruth Bello +44 (0)20 7594 6040




322Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a researcher, engineer, and educator currently working as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Structures at Imperial College London where I lead the Emerging Structural Technologies Research Group. My research, which has received a number of prizes including the Unwin Prize from Imperial College and the TK Hsieh Award from the ICE, span the areas of earthquake engineering, structural timber engineering, applied dynamics, and the development and implementation of passive and semi-active damping systems. Having practiced for five years in large and small infrastructure projects in Latin America, I am continuously involved in specialised consultancy internationally. I also serve on a number of  committees related to international code development and the advancement of engineering practice. A list of publications can be found in the tab above or in Scopus.


  • PhD in Structural and Earthquake Engineering (2012), Imperial College London, UK
  • Master Professionnel Level 2 in Engineering Seismology (2008), Université Joseph Fourier, France
  • MSc in Earthquake Engineering (2007), IUSS Pavia, Italy
  • BEng in Civil Engineering (2000) and Professional Title of Civil Engineer (2004), UNSA, Peru

Note to Prospective Students:

I am always pleased to hear from people interested in conducting research under my supervision in any of the areas mentioned above. Please note that I only consider applications from highly qualified students with a specialised MSc degree. Get in touch via email *only if* you: (i) have a GPA of 3.5/4 or higher, (ii) have formulated a thoughtful tentative research plan compatible with my research interests, and (iii) have actively sought or secured a competitive scholarship. Competitions for funding opportunities may exist through internal and external schemes for exceptional applicants.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Málaga-Chuquitaype C, Ilkanaev J, 2018, Novel Digitally-manufactured Wooden Beams for Vibration Reduction, Structures, Vol:16, Pages:1-9

Malaga-Chuquitaype C, 2015, Estimation of peak displacements in steel structures through dimensional analysis and the efficiency of alternative ground-motion time and length scales, Engineering Structures, Vol:101, ISSN:0141-0296, Pages:264-278

Demirci C, Malaga-Chuquitaype C, Macorini L, 2018, Seismic drift demands in multi-storey cross-laminated timber buildings, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, Vol:47, ISSN:0098-8847, Pages:1014-1031

Sirumbal-Zapata LF, Málaga-Chuquitaype C, Elghazouli AY, 2018, A three-dimensional plasticity-damage constitutive model for timber under cyclic loads, Computers & Structures, Vol:195, ISSN:0045-7949, Pages:47-63

Malaga-Chuquitaype C, Bougatsas K, 2017, Vector-IM-based assessment of alternative framing systems under bi-directional ground-motion, Engineering Structures, Vol:132, ISSN:0141-0296, Pages:188-204

Karagiannis V, Malaga-Chuquitaype C, Elghazouli AY, 2016, Modified foundation modelling of dowel embedment in glulam connections, Construction and Building Materials, Vol:102, ISSN:0950-0618, Pages:1168-1179


Thiers Moggia R, Malaga Chuquitaype C, Seismic protection of cross-laminated timber buildings with supplemental inertia devices, 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16ECEE)

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