Keynote Speakers - Peter Laursen



Peter Laursen

Associate Professor Peter Laursen teaches Architectural Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). Architectural Engineering focuses on structural engineering and its intersection with architecture in the built environment; it is located in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

After 10 years of international industry experience with bridge design in the US, France and Denmark, and after having completed his PhD at the University of Auckland in Earthquake Engineering, Peter joined Cal Poly in 2007. Focusing mainly on analysis and design of structural concrete, Peter's industry experiences comprised of prestressed box girders and reinforced concrete foundations, piers and pylons. At Cal Poly, Peter teaches structural analysis, concrete design and earthquake engineering to both engineering and architecture students. His current research interests focus on vibration testing of buildings and seismic behavior of sustainable masonry construction.

Peter earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2003 and received the university's Best Thesis Award that year. Peter obtained a M.S. from the University of California, San Diego in 1995 and was a Fullbright Scholar recipient. Peter is a registered professional engineer in California.