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




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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. Before entering academia, I spent over five years working in a variety of infrastructure projects. My research interests span the areas of earthquake engineering, structural timber engineering, performance-based design and assessment under extreme loads, applied dynamics, and the development and implementation of passive and active damping systems. I am also involved in specialized consultancy internationally and 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.


  • Since 2017, Senior Lecturer in Structures, Imperial College London 
  • 2013-2017, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, Imperial College London 
  • 2011-2013, Research Associate in Structures, Imperial College London


  • 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 specialized MSc degree. Get in touch via email *only if* you: (i) have a first-class, or equivalent, honours, (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

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, 2017, Behaviour of hybrid timber beam-to-tubular steel column moment connections, Engineering Structures, Vol:131, ISSN:0141-0296, Pages:243-263

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

Malaga-Chuquitaype C, Elghazouli AY, Enache R, 2016, Contribution of secondary frames to the mitigation of collapse in steel buildings subjected to extreme loads, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol:12, ISSN:1573-2479, Pages:45-60


Sirumbal Zapata LF, Malaga Chuquitaype C, Elghazouli AY, 2017, Coupled plasticity-damage material constitutive model for timber subjected to cyclic loading, 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Pages:Paper No 1122-Paper No 1122

Malaga Chuquitaype C, Elghazouli AY, 2014, Response of blind-bolted connections under extreme dynamic actions, 7th European Conference on Steel and Composite Structures

Malaga-Chuquitaype C, Elghazouli AY, 2012, Evaluation of Fatigue Damage and Park and Ang indexes in steelstructures, 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

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