Lecture: Understanding the Seismic Behaviour of Non-Engineered Building Techniques for Nepal


Following on from the great success of our week of Smart Shelter Workshops at DIT in January, EWB-Ireland are delighted to welcome back Martijn Schildkamp as Keynote speaker at our annual conference which takes place from 6:30pm on the 29th February in the Lecture Theatre, Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge.

As part of our Conference day activities Martijn will also give a lecture titled ‘Understanding the Seismic Behaviour of Non-Engineered Building Techniques for Nepal’ in the Conference Room at Engineers Ireland at 3pm.

Martijn Schildkamp is an architect and building engineer from The Netherlands, with a passion for alternative materials and experimental construction. During his travels through Asia he was shocked by the harsh conditions in which so many people have to live. He started to dedicate his expertise and time to people across the globes, who are in need of better housing and improved living conditions. Since 2005 he founded three Smart Shelter divisions and researched, designed and built numerous projects in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Indonesia.

Martijn specialises in building with alternative materials and methods, and developed a great interest in low-tech earthquake resistant principles. Over the years he gained an enormous amount of grass root experience and practical knowledge, which he now transfers to students and professionals worldwide.

His philosophy and way of working has resulted in being a finalist for the largest design award in the world; Index Award. The theme of the award was ‘Design to Improve Life’.