Robin Spence

Robin Spence

Robin Spence is a structural engineer and Emeritus Professor of Architectural Engineering in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Director and past Chairman of Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd.

After five years of structural design practice with Ove Arup and Partners he spent two years teaching at the University of Zambia, followed by two years as Research Officer for ITDG (now Practical Action) researching small-scale building materials technology in Africa and India. After obtaining his PhD in the Engineering Department at Cambridge, he taught at the Architecture Department from 1975 to 2008 and was Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies 1992-1997. He is a Fellow of Magdalene College.

His principal research and consultancy interests are disaster risk assessment and disaster mitigation. He has directed numerous research and consultancy contracts and he is the author of several books and more than 150 technical papers in these areas.

He was President of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering (2002-2006), Mallet-Milne Lecturer at the Institution of Civil Engineers (2007), and Nicholas Ambraseys Lecturer at the European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Istanbul, (2014).