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: 
  • Timber Engineering, Mechanics, and Structural Design
  • 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

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduate Research Assistantships are available for qualified students; information availabe at http://woodscience.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/Call%20for%20GRA%20-%20MPR%20200160316_WSECCE_JKEdits.pdf.
Please visit the Wood Science website for more information on admissions.


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
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
WSE 425
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.
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
For a complete list of publications, visit List of recent publications