Former Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington, New Zealand
Ph. +64 22 107 2751
Andrew Charleson is a former Associate  Professor at the School of  Architecture, Victoria  University of Wellington. He joined the school in 1987  after almost 20 years of structural engineering consultancy experience,  including three years as an earthquake engineering advisor in Indonesia.  He retired in December 2017 and is currently a volunteer visiting Professor in schools of architecture, mainly in developing countries.  Andrew has two main research interests.  The first relates to earthquake engineering which has culminated in the books about seismic resistant design for architects and also about seismic isolation for architects. Secondly, his research examines how structure can integrate with, and potentially enrich, architecture. His findings are highlighted in his book Structure as Architecture:  A sourcebook for architects and structural engineers, the second edition of which was published in 2016.
Andrew’s research interests fall into three main fields:
  • How structures of buildings can enrich their architecture
  • Earthquake engineering and architecture
  • Earthquake damage mitigation in developing countries
Selected Bibliography
Books and monographs
  • Charleson, A. W., Structure as Architecture: a Sourcebook for Architects and Engineers, Architectural Press, Oxford, 2005, 226 pp. (As at 10-2012 this book has been translated and published in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Persian and Portuguese.)
  • Charleson, A. W. (ed.) Architectural design for earthquake: a guide to the design of non-structural elements. New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 2007, 94 pp.
  • Charleson, A. W., Seismic design for architects: outwitting the quake, Architectural Press, Oxford, Sept. 2008, 280 pp.
  • Charleson, A. W. 2010. Earthquake reinforcement for earthen houses with straps cut from used tyres. World Housing Encyclopedia, 50 pp.
Other research papers
  • Charleson, A. W and Blondet, M. 2012. Seismic reinforcement for adobe houses using straps cut from used car tires. Earthquake Spectra, 28:2, pp. 511 – 531.
  • Charleson, A. W. and Allaf, N. 2012. Costs of base-isolation and earthquake insurance in New Zealand. Proceedings of the conference of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering, April, Paper no. 04, 8 pp.
  • Greene, M. and Charleson, A. W., 2012. The World Housing Encyclopedia: a global resource on construction technologies.Proceedings of the15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, 24-28 Sept. Paper 3310.
    Sutjiadi, H Y., Charleson, A W., & Baird, G. (2010). The Structural Design of a Double-Layer Space Structure for a 100-Storey Building. High Rise Towers and Tall Buildings 2010 – Design and Construction of Safe and Sustainable High Rise Structures. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Konrad Zilch. (pp. 78-79). Munich, Germany.
  • Charleson, A W. (2009). Comparison between Contemporary Architectural Form in Cities with High Versus Low Seismicity. Earthquake Spectra. Vol. 25, No. 1. (pp. 1-15).
  • Charleson, A W., & Pirie, S. (2009). An investigation of structural engineer-architect collaboration. Journal of the Structural Engineering Society New Zealand. Vol. 22, No.1. (pp. 97-104).
  • Charleson, A W. (2009, March). Research on used car tyre strap reinforced adobe construction in Peru. Proceedings of the conference of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering. (pp. 10).



October 2022

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