Keynote Speakers


Ian Aiken

Ian Aiken

Ian Aiken is a Principal with Seismic Isolation Engineering, Inc., in Emeryville, California, and has nearly 30 years of experience in earthquake, structural and civil engineering. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of Auckland and masters and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His particular areas of expertise are seismic isolation and passive energy dissipation for seismic structural control, and the use of nonlinear analysis methods for structural analysis. He has published more than 100 technical papers, reports and articles.

Dr. Aiken has been a consultant on more than 60 seismic isolation and energy dissipation projects, including many notable building, bridge and industrial structures worldwide. He has been a seismic isolation consultant to two of the largest Japanese general construction companies that have applied isolation to hundreds of residential, commercial and institutional structures, and a specialist consultant to the Japan Society of Seismic Isolation. Over the last 15 years Dr. Aiken has also been extensively involved in the development, testing and implementation of buckling-restrained Unbonded Braces in the U.S., including the first project in the U.S., the first hospital in California and the U.S., and the first bridge in the U.S. to use buckling-restrained brace technology.

Dr. Aiken has been a Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and a member of state and national committees on isolation and energy dissipation, including FEMA-BSSC for the NEHRP national provisions, SEAOC, AASHTO and ASCE committees.


 Penny AllanPenny Allan

Penny Allan is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, where she teaches and researches in the areas of urban resilience and adaptive design. She has a background in practice in both the public and private sector as a principal of HASSELL (2005-2007) and as a director of Landscape Architecture in the Government’s Office in Sydney, Australia (1999-2005).



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Martin Bryant

Martin is a landscape architect and urban designer with 30 years experience both in practice and in academia. His project work includes multi award winning large scale projects in Australia and New Zealand, on prominent sites in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter; Wellington’s waterfront; and Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Homebush Bay and Victoria Park.

His published research addresses topics such as resilience in urban design, urban ecology and interdisciplinary collaboration in design.



PGregory G. Deierlein

Deierlein is the John A. Blume Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University where he directs the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center. He holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor of science from Cornell University. Deierlein previously served as the deputy director for research of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center whose mission is to develop performance-based approaches and technologies in earthquake engineering. Deierlein specializes in the design and behavior of innovative steel, concrete and composite structures, nonlinear structural analysis, computational fracture and damage mechanics, and performance-based earthquake engineering. He is a registered professional engineer and maintains professional activities as a structural engineering consultant, design peer reviewer, and participant in national technical and building code standards committees. In 2013, he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to applying nonlinear analysis in structural design.


Philippe GueguenPhilippe Gueguen

Philippe GUEGUEN (http://www.isterre.fr/Philippe-GUEGUEN) is a senior research scientist at the Earth Science Institute (ISTerre) at Grenoble’s University (France) and at IFSTTAR (a civil engineering lab). He holds a master of geotechnical engineering and a PhD in seismology from the University of Grenoble. Since his PhD, he has been working mainly as a researcher in engineering seismology and earthquake engineering. His research led him to develop the concept of urban seismology, specializing in the evaluation of the seismic vulnerability and strong ground motion in urban environment. He specializes in the effects of buildings on the free-field ground motion and site effects, testing buildings using earthquake and ambient vibrations data for vulnerability assessment and structural health monitoring. He is the director of the French Accelerometric Network (RAP – 2004-2012 and 2014-to now, http://www.rap.fr), who started the National Building Array Programme, he lead the National Data Center of the National Seismological Network hosted at the University of Grenoble (RESIF data portal http://portal.resif.fr/) and he was deputy director of ISTerre for observatory system. He participated to various national and European projects devoted to European observatory infrastructures and risk analysis. He is author and co-author of over 35 publications on referenced international journals and awarded by the French Association of Earthquake Engineering in 2007 for his contribution to seismic risk analysis.


Invited Speakers


Ken Gledhill_webKen Gledhill

Dr Ken Gledhill is the Director of GeoNet, and Department Head, Geohazards Monitoring, Natural Hazards Division, GNS Science. GeoNet is New Zealand’s integrated geological hazards monitoring system for earthquakes, volcanoes, slow earth deformation, landslides and tsunami.  He currently chairs  the governance group of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS). Ken is a scientific project leader, seismologist, scientific data collection, sensor network and data communications specialist with more than 32 years’ experience. His research has concentrated on geophysical instrumentation and data analysis, the field studies of large earthquakes, and the study of the deep structure beneath New Zealand.