Dr Charlotte Toma

BE (Hons), PhD


Charlotte joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in March 2018 and is responsible for teaching general design in first year engineering and design in concrete, steel and timber within the fourth year structural courses. Charlotte received her BE(Hons) Civil and PhD from the University of Auckland. Following her PhD, Charlotte worked in industry as a consulting engineer for Holmes Consulting. Her projects covered new build design, multi-storey structures, analysis and assessment of existing buildings using both linear and non-linear time history analysis methods and construction monitoring.

Her research to date has been in the field of seismic assessment and strengthening of unreinforced masonry buildings, with her thesis work focusing on the in-plane performance of perforated masonry walls. Her time in consultancy has also highlighted further research interests within sustainable design, the future of prefabrication in the New Zealand building market, and the role of the structural engineer in influencing the sustainable design features within a new build design project.

Teaching | Current

ENGGEN 115 - Principles of Engineering Design

CIVIL 713 -  Structures and Design 4

CIVIL 756 - Capstone Project

CIVIL 313 - Structures and Design 3 (Concrete)



2014: The Masonry Society, Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

2009: Engineering Faculty Teaching Award

2008: University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship


Departmental Graduate Advisor (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Committee 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Knox, C. L., Dizhur, D., & Ingham, J. M. (2018). Experimental study on scale effects in clay brick masonry prisms and wall panels investigating compression and shear related properties. Construction and Building Materials, 163, 706-713. 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.149
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham, Dmytro Dizhur
  • Knox, C. L., Dizhur, D., & Ingham, J. M. (2017). Experimental cyclic testing of URM pier-spandrel substructures. Journal of Structural Engineering (United States), 143 (2)10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001650
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dmytro Dizhur, Jason Ingham

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 716
New Zealand