Michela Rossi is an architect and building engineer whose field is the structural analysis of historical masonry constructions. After receiving her MsC degree in 2009, she joined the Conservation Engineering Research Group of the University of Genoa (Italy), where she took part in post-earthquake surveys following the L’Aquila earthquake in April 2009. She started working on the analysis of the seismic response of historical masonry buildings and monuments, on their structural/architectural retrofitting and on their protection against calamitous events.
From 2010 to 2012, she was a member of the Coordinator Research Unit of Genoa in the European Project PERPETUATE (Performance-based approach to earthquake protection of cultural heritage in European and Mediterranean countries - http://www.perpetuate.eu/) funded by EU FP7 - Theme ENV.2009.3.2.1.1 – ENVIRONMENT Grant agreement n°: 244229.
In 2015, she defended her PhD thesis on the evaluation of the seismic response of masonry cross vaults carried out experimentally by using small-scale models. In the same year, she was awarded a scholarship funded by the Foundation Blanceflor Boncompagni-Ludovisi, neé Bildt to continue working on her PhD research project.
Since February 2016, she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Block Research Group, working on the experimental and computational analysis of masonry vaulted structures.