Riggio, Mariapaola

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Assistant Professor of Wood Design and Architecture
Wood Science & Engineering
Office Location: 

236 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-2138
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-3385
PhD, 2007 – Mechanical and Structural Engineering Dept. University of Trento, Italy
MS, 1997 – Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence, Italy
Research Areas: 
  • Art, Architecture and Design
  • Timber Mechanics and Structural Engineering
  • Wood Architecture, Green Building and Environmental Performance
Research Interests: 
  • Advanced Wood Products in Architecture
  • Architecture & Engineering Interdisciplinary Research
  • Monitoring
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation
  • Renewable Materials in Architectural Design
  • Structural Health Assessment
Professional Experience

Assistant Professor (9/2015 to present): Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA.
Researcher (5/2012 to 8/2015): Trees and Timber Institute, National Research Council of Italy, San Michele all’Adige, Italy
Post doc Researcher (2007 to 2012): Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
Chartered architect (since 1998)

Professional Affiliations

RILEM RTE - TC (Reinforcement of Timber Elements in Existing Structures)
RILEM AST- TC (In-situ Assessment of Structural Timber)
ISCARSAH – ICOMOS (International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage) Expert Member
COST Action FP1101 (Assessment, Reinforcement and Monitoring of Timber Structures);
Leader of the WG1 “Assessment of Timber Structures”, Core group member


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
WSE 225
Principles of Architectural Design with Wood and Other Renewable Materials
Introduction to architectural design, considering the different building requirements and the solutions available, with a focus on wood-based products and other ligno-cellulosic materials
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WSE 425/525
Timber Tectonics in the Digital Age
An exploration of the advances in design, construction and fabrication of timber buildings. Includes experimentation with both physical and digital models and a final project, in collaboration with University of Oregon Architecture students. More information: https://timbertectonics.com/
Additional Information: 
WSE 526
Structural Health Assessment and Monitoring of Timber Buildings
This course will introduce you to holistic approaches for the evaluation of the performance of timber systems and structures in a building. A building can be compared to a living organism; during its service life it can experience changes, related to different factors, e.g. environment, loading history, maintenance and use. A specific focus on the performance and reliability of timber structures is relatively recent, and mainly motivated by the increasing use of engineered wood systems in large span structures. In the last decades, interest in conservation of the architectural timber heritage has also steadily increased.
Additional Information: 
Selected Publications: 
  1. How monitoring CLT buildings can remove market barriers and support designers in North America: an introduction to preliminary environmental studies* http://woodscience.oregonstate.edu/sites/woodscience/files/faculty-staff-images/2017_Riggio_ClemCimad.pdf
  2. What can Architecture students learn about wood and Wood Science & Engineering students about architecture? http://woodscience.oregonstate.edu/sites/woodscience/files/faculty-staff-images/2016_WCTE_education.pdf
  3. State of the Art Report on the Use of NDT/SDT for the assessment of structural timber members on site.
  4. Densified wooden nails for new timber assemblies and restoration works: a pilot research (Construction and Building Materials, 2016). http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1S9cC3O1E0-uWk
  5. Application of imaging techniques for detection of defects, damage and decay in timber structures on-site (Construction and Building Materials, 2015). http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1S7hr3O1E1101W

Complete Publications List:

For a complete list of publications, visit List of recent publications