Professor Robin Spence

Professor at Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Emeritus Professor of Architectural Engineering, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Professor Robin Spence is the Director of the Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment as well as the Director of Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR). As a structural engineer, his principal research and consultancy interests focus on disaster risk assessment and mitigation.

His group aims to improve understanding of the performance of building structures at an urban scale and to create computer modelling tools for risk assessment and evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of building strengthening and other mitigation work. This modelling approach has been applied to risk assessment of volcanic, earthquake and flood hazards, and clients of such projects include brokers, insurers and reinsurers.

Prior to his current role, Professor Spence worked in structural design practice with Ove Arup and Partners before moving to the University of Zambia and then onto the Intermediate Technology Development Group, researching small-scale building materials technology in Africa and India.

In September 2002 Professor Spence was elected for a four-year term as President of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering, and is currently Vice-President. He is also a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

  • 6 May 2016, 5:15pm

    Taming the flood: rivers, wetlands and the centuries-old battle against flooding

    In his lecture, Jeremy Purseglove, author of "Taming the Flood: Rivers, Wetlands and the Centuries-old Battle against Flooding" explores the cause of flooding in Britain and questions whether government policy on flood prevention is fit for purpose.

  • 31 October 2011, 5pm

    The first chief scientific adviser in the foreign office

    The first Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs was appointed in 1782. It took another 227 years for the Foreign Office to appoint its first Chief Scientific Adviser. We are delighted that CSaP's sixth Distinguished Lecture will be given by the first holder of this historic post, Professor David Clary FRS.

  • In news articles

    How can we build flood resilience in the UK?

    Earlier this month, a group of experts from the University of Cambridge convened a one-day seminar to discuss river and coastal flooding in the UK, and how to manage risks and improve resilience in flood-prone communities.