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Angela is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Future Building Initiative (FBI), Monash University. Her experience in construction and project management led her to work for the Costa Rican Fire Department, where her close interaction with fire-related tragedies sparked in her the desire to push her knowledge forward and to engage in fire safety research at The University of Queensland.

With the objective of exploring sustainable construction materials, her PhD thesis “Fire Performance Assessment for the Design of Safe Laminated Bamboo Structures” studied the fire behaviour of laminated bamboo, a novel engineered product with great potential to be included in the design and construction of future buildings. She has also been involved in state-of-the-art research within UQ Fire, studying the flammability characteristics of cladding products such as Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP), Polyurethane-based polyisocyanurate (PIR) foams, wooden fibre products, among others. She has also contributed to investigate the self-extinguishment mechanisms of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) at a full-scale to understand how to achieve fire-safe designs of timber buildings.

Angela's research looks into advanced manufacturing for safe construction, while integrating digital platforms for building design, Industry 4.0, with advanced materials to deliver fire safe buildings.  Her research articulates the relationship between off-site construction, fire risk, and how modular and prefabricated construction can lead to safer designs. Fuelled by her industry and research background, she seeks to create a synergy between these two sectors, to push knowledge and practice forward through research-based innovation and collaboration. 

Education/Academic qualification

Civil Engineering - Fire Safety, PhD, University of Queensland

… → 2020

Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering Management, MEng, Universidad de Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica)

… → 2012

Civil Engineering, Universidad de Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica)

… → 2006

Research area keywords

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Fire Behaviour
  • Industrialisation
  • Fire Safe Buildings
  • Modular construction
  • Prefabrication
  • Engineered timber
  • Material Flammability
  • Novel materials
  • Advanced buildings
  • Façade systems
  • Digital Platforms for building design
  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Engineered bamboo


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