Svetlana Brzev


Structural & Earthquake Engineering


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.

Research Interests

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

Brzev, S. and Anderson, D. (2018). Seismic Design Guide for Masonry Buildings, Second Edition, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association, 354 pp.

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

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

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

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

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

Brzev, S. and Pao, J. (2016). Reinforced Concrete Design: A Practical Approach, Third Edition, Pearson Custom Publishing, 940 pp.