David Trujillo

David Trujillo

"The Advent of Bamboo Engineering"


David Trujillo graduated from civil engineering at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2000. His dissertation was on connection design with bamboo. After graduation he worked in the reconstruction of the coffee-growing region of Colombia following the 1999 earthquake, where he became motivated to learn more about bamboo structures, however he felt he lacked the skills and experience to lead in this field.

In 2003, he moved to the UK to study Earthquake Engineering at Imperial College London, where he obtained a Masters degree in Science. . In 2004 he started working for Chiltern Clarkebond, (later CCB Evolution) a consultancy that specialized in the design of multi-storey timber-frame structures (a former sister company to BMTRADA). In 2007 he moved to Buro Happold, a structural engineering consultancy. Here he contributed to the design of numerous landmark steel & concrete structures such as the Library of Birmingham. In 2010 he became chartered with the Institution of Structural Engineers.

In 2009, determined to further his research work with timber and bamboo, David moved out of industry and into academia, joining Coventry University as a Senior Lecturer. Through his research, he has contributed to the development of standards for design and construction with bamboo. Currently David chairs the INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan) Task Force for Bamboo Construction and is the UK technical expert to Working Group 12 - Bamboo Structures of Technical Committee 165 of the International Organization for Standards (ISO). Through these two roles he is spearheading the development of a new generation of international standards for bamboo.