Ricardo Maia Avelino is a structural engineer with strong interest in structural optimisation, masonry and shell structures.
He graduated in Civil Engineering at Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo in 2018 in a dual-degree program with École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) in which he specialised in structural engineering.
During his time at ENPC, he worked under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Olivier Baverel in the field of elastic gridshells and for a year, he gained practical experience at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), San Francisco. While at SOM he worked on high-end projects and conducted research in topology optimisation applied to post-tensioned flat slabs. In Spring/Summer 2018, he did his Master’s Thesis “Optimisation of funicular structures” at the Block Research Group, focusing on graphic statics and load-path optimisation. To support his studies, he was awarded an Eiffel Excellence Scholarship by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and after completion of his program he received the Prix Betancourt given to the best student graduating in dual-degree programs at ENPC.
Ricardo’s work has been published in international conferences (IASS 2017, 2018) and peer-reviewed journal papers.
From May 2019, Ricardo starts a PhD as part of the SNSF Project "Practical Stability Assessment Strategies for Unreinforced Masonry Structures".