Faculty Profile

Jose I. Restrepo

Professor, Structural Engineering

Seismic design of buildings for improved response during earthquakes.

Professor Restrepo focuses on the discovery of construction alternatives for state-of-the-art, performance-based designs. This involves the conceptual design of reinforced, prestressed and precast concrete structures, reinforcement detailing and strut-and-tie models. By using shake table tests on buildings and building components, Restrepo evaluates their non-linear dynamic response. Currently, Restrepo is developing "articulated" buildings with linked components that form a moveable whole. This flexibility provides damage free response, externally and internally. Concrete or steel columns are linked together with braided strands of steel that run through internal ducts and are anchored to the ground. The strands will not yield during a quake and will reposition the building when it is displaced. Vibration dampeners in the floor act like shock absorbers to minimize movement and eliminate damage.

Capsule Bio:

Before coming to UC San Diego in 2001, Jose Restrepo was a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury. Restrepo is a member of the New Zealand Concrete Society.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, (1993)
  • C.E., Universidad de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia (1983)

Selected Publications:

  • Crisafulli, F.J., Restrepo, J.I., and Park, R., (2002). “Seismic Design of Lightly Reinforced Precast Rectangular Wall Panels”, PCI Journal, Vol. 47, No. 4, pp. 104 -121.
  • Lin, C.M. and Restrepo, J.I., (2002). “Seismic Behaviour and Design of Reinforced Concrete Interior Beam-Column Joints”, Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 108-128.
  • Rodriguez, M.E., Restrepo. J.I, and Carr, A.J., (2002). “Earthquake-Induced Acceleration in Buildings” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 31, pp. 693-718.
  • Wang, Y. C., and Restrepo, J. I., (2001)."Investigation of Concentrically Loaded Reinforced concrete Columns Confined with Glass-Fibre Reinforced Polymer Jackets", Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 98, No. 3, pp. 377-385.
  • Wang, Y. C., and Restrepo, J. I., (2001). "Response of RC T-Beams Strengthened with Staggered CFRP Plates", Journal of Composites for Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 188-199.
  • Restrepo, J.I., "Issues Related to the Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structural Systems", Journal of the New Zealand Structural Engineers Society Journal (SESOC), Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 50-58.
  • Restrepo, J.I. and Cowan, H., (2000). “El Eje Cafetero Earthquake, Colombia of January 25 1999", Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 1-29.
  • Restrepo, J.I., Crisafulli, F.J. and Park, R., (1999). “How Harmful is Cold Bending/Straightening of Reinforcing Bars?”, Concrete International, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 45-48.
  • Paulay, T and Restrepo, J.I., (1998). “A Displacement and Ductility Compatibility in Buildings with Mixed Structural Systems@”, Journal of the New Zealand Structural Engineering Society (SESOC), Vol. 11, No 1, pp. 7-12.
  • Restrepo, J.I. and Wilkinson, D., (1997). “A Embedment Length of Starter Bars Grouted into Reinforced Concrete Members”, Journal of the New Zealand Structural Engineers Society (SESOC), Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 30-36.