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Welcome to the web site for Carlos Molina Hutt’s research group. Our work focuses on the development of methodological approaches to assess seismic risk in buildings and its implications on urban resilience, and on the translation of this knowledge into tools and information for use by practicing engineers, seismic planners and policy makers. Our goal is to enable seismic policy decision-making with explicit consideration of the societal and economic impacts of the performance of the built environment during major earthquakes.

Carlos Molina Hutt joined the Civil Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as Assistant Professor in January 2018 from University College London (UCL), where he was a lecturer. He has degrees in Earthquake Engineering (UCL, PhD, 2017), Structural Engineering (Stanford University, MSc, 2009) and Civil Engineering (Villanova University, BSc, 2007). During his PhD studies, Carlos was a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2015-2016). Prior to his PhD, he worked as a structural engineer at Arup New York from 2009 to 2013. 

Carlos is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of California in the US and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. Carlos has experience as an independent consultant and has worked for civil engineering design firms, the humanitarian sector and the insurance and reinsurance sectors. He also provides structural engineering expertise to the European Union and the United Nations and has deployment experience as a technical expert following damaging earthquakes, including Mexico in 2017 and Ecuador in 2016. In 2019, Carlos received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) – Shah Family Innovation Prize, which rewards younger professionals and academics for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in the field of earthquake risk mitigation and management.

His research has been funded by Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada’s Tri-council New Frontiers in Research Fund, the US Geological Survey, the Applied Technology Council, the US National Institute for Standards and Technology or the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, among others. He actively engages in research collaborations with industry (e.g. Risk Management Solutions, Guy Carpenter, Arup, Glotman Simpson and Bush, Bohlman & Partners), researchers at other academic institutions (Stanford University, University of Washington and Tsinghua University), and cities (including the City and County of San Francisco and the City of Vancouver).

News Updates!



Carlos Molina Hutt has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Discovery Grant for a five-year project aimed at “Enhancing the seismic resilience of Canada’s built environment through comprehensive risk-based assessments of tall buildings.”


Carlos Molina Hutt became a Board Committee Member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute - British Columbia Chapter.


Carlos Molina Hutt, Sheri Molnar, Stephanie Chang and Katsu Goda have been awarded a New Frontiers in Research Fund – Innovation Grant for a two-year project titled “Reducing the catastrophic risk of a Cascadia megathrust earthquake in southwest British Columbia.”


Carlos Molina Hutt and Danielle Hutchings Mieler gave a talk titled “San Francisco Tall Buildings Study” at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC as part of technical session on reducing risk in the existing building stock.


Carlos Molina Hutt gave a talk titled “San Francisco’s pre-Northridge steel moment frames” at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC as part of an interactive workshop on challenges and opportunities to reduce risk and building resilience in existing buildings.