Dr. Svetlana Brzev has more than 30 years of consulting and research experience related to structural and seismic design and retrofitting of masonry structures in Canada and several other countries. Her research has been focused on seismic behaviour and practical design and construction issues related to masonry structures. She served as a member of the Technical Committee responsible for developing current Canadian masonry design standard (CSA S304-14) and is a member of the Technical Committee 250/SC8/WG1 responsible for developing Eurocode 8 provisions for seismic design of masonry buildings. She has been actively involved in several international initiatives related to promoting safe housing in seismically active regions, such as the EERI-sponsored World Housing Encyclopedia and Confined Masonry Network. Dr. Brzev served as a Director and Vice-President of EERI, a Director of the Masonry Society, and is currently a Director of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Brzev has co-authored two books related to design of masonry structures and a textbook on design of reinforced concrete structures and numerous papers and publications.
Masonry and reinforced concrete structures: seismic design and retrofitting
Seismic risk assessment
Seismic isolation and passive energy dissipation devices
Awards & Recognitions
2017-present, Director, International Association for Earthquake Engineering
2016, Honorary Professor, International University of Innovation Technologies, Kyrgyzstan
2016, Outstanding Achievement Award, Global Earthquake Model, Italy
2015, Fellow, Engineers Canada
2015, Outstanding Paper Award, 12th North American Masonry Conference, USA
2011, Teaching Excellence Award, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Rankawat, N., Brzev, S., Jain, S.K., and Pérez Gavilán, J.J. (2021). Nonlinear Seismic Evaluation of Confined Masonry Structures using Equivalent Truss Model. Engineering Structures https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.113114
Yekrangnia, M., Torabizadeh, A., and Brzev, S. (2021). Post-Earthquake Damage Assessment of Buildings: Comprehensive Experimentally-based Maximum Drift Ratio Predictive Model based on Residual Drift Ratio. Engineering Structures https://doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2021.1961934
Blagojević, P., Brzev, S. and Cvetković, R. (2021). Simplified Seismic Assessment of Unreinforced Masonry Residential Buildings in the Balkans: The Case of Serbia. Buildings,11, 392, https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11090392
Guri, M., Brzev, S., Lluka, D. (2021). Performance of Prefabricated Large Panel Reinforced Concrete Buildings in the November 2019 Albania Earthquake. Journal of Earthquake Engineering https://doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2021.1887010
Miranda, E., Brzev, S., et al. (2021). Petrinja, Croatia December 29, 2020, Mw 6.4 Earthquake, PRJ-2959, Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, USA https://doi.org/10.17603/ds2-1w0y-5080
Hsu, Y.C., Yang, T.Y., and Brzev, S. (2021). Seismic Behaviour of Tall Reinforced Masonry Buildings. Proceedings, 14th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Montreal, Canada.
Rao, A., Dutta,D., Kalita,P., Ackerley,N., Silva,V., Raghunandan, M., Ghosh,J., Ghosh,S.,Brzev,S., and Dasgupta,K. (2020). Probabilistic Seismic Risk Assessment of India. Earthquake Spectra https://doi.org/10.1177%2F8755293020957374
Robazza, B.R., Brzev, S., Yang, T.Y. et al. (2020). Seismic behaviour and design code provisions for predicting the capacity of ductile slender reinforced masonry shear walls, Engineering Structures
Brzev,S., Reiter,M., Perez Gavilan,J.J., Quiun,D., Hart,T., and Sommer,D. (2019). Confined Masonry: The Current Design Standards, Proceedings of the 13th North American Masonry Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Robazza, B.R., Yang, T.Y., Brzev, S., et al. (2019). Response of Slender Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls with Flanged Boundary Elements under In-Plane Lateral Loading: An Experimental Study, Engineering Structures https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.04.035
Brzev, S. and Anderson, D. (2018). Seismic Design Guide for Masonry Buildings, Second Edition, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association, 354 pp. https://ccmpa.ca/download/seismic-design-guide-for-masonry-buildings/
Robazza,B.R., Brzev,S., Yang,T.Y., Elwood, K.J., Anderson, D.L., and McEwen,W. (2018). Seismic Behaviour of Slender Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls under In-Plane Loading: An Experimental Investigation, Journal of Structural Engineering http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001968
Ghaisas,K.V., Basu,D., Brzev,S., and Pérez Gavilán,J.J. (2017). Strut-and-Tie Model for Seismic Design of Confined Masonry Buildings. Construction and Building Materials http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.200
Brzev, S., Pandey, B., Maharjan, D.K., and Ventura, C. (2017). Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Low-Rise Reinforced Concrete Buildings Affected by the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake, Earthquake Spectra, Special Issue on the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal earthquake https://doi.org/10.1193%2F120116eqs218m
Azimikor, N., Brzev, S., Elwood, K., Anderson, D.L., and McEwen,W. (2017). Out-of-Plane Instability of Reinforced Masonry Uniaxial Specimens Under Reversed Cyclic Axial Loading. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering https://doi.org/10.1139/cjce-2016-0006
Karmacharya,U., Silva,V., Brzev,S., and Martins,L. (2017). Improving the Nepalese Building Code Based on Lessons Learnt from the 2015 M7.8 Gorkha Earthquake, Chapter 6, Impacts and Insights of the Gorkha Earthquake, Elsevier https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-812808-4.00006-7
Brzev, S. and Pao, J. (2016). Reinforced Concrete Design: A Practical Approach, Third Edition, Pearson Custom Publishing, 940 pp.