Associate Professor Rick Henry

PhD, BE(Hons)


Rick joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2010 and is responsible for teaching concrete materials and design courses.  He is currently leading research projects into the seismic performance of reinforced concrete walls following the Canterbury earthquakes, connections in precast concrete floors and self-centering precast concrete wall systems.

Rick received his BE (Civil) and PhD from the University of Auckland, the latter focusing on the application of self-centering precast concrete walls for regions of low to high seismicity.  During his PhD studies Rick was fortunate to participate in large-scale testing  at the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taiwan, in addition to spending over a year on exchange to Iowa State University supported by a Fulbright award.

Research | Current

  • Improving the seismic performance of reinforced concrete walls following the Christchurch earthquakes.
  • Design of seismic resilient precast concrete structures:
    • Seismic design of self-centering precast concrete buildings.
    • Dynamic response of self-centering precast concrete walls.
    • Connections for structural precast concrete elements.
  • Supplementary cementitious materials for improved concrete durability.

Recent One News story on our shake-table testing of rocking walls:

Teaching | Current

  • CIVIL 250 - Civil Engineering Materials and Design (Concrete)
  • CIVIL 313 - Structures and Design 3 (Concrete)
  • CIVIL 713 - Structures and Design 4 (Masonry and Concrete)
  • CIVIL 715 - Advanced Structural Concrete

Postgraduate supervision


  • Faculty Health and Safety Committe
  • Faculty Research Committee

Areas of expertise

  • Seismic design of reinforced concrete wall buildings
  • Low-damage seismic design of self-centering precast concrete structures
  • Precast concrete construction
  • Finite-element modelling of concrete structures

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Committee member:

  • Technical committee member for the NZ Concrete Structures Standard (NZS 3101)
  • Auckland Structural Group (ASG)
  • New Zealand Concrete Society (NZCS)

Professional member:

  • New Zealand Concrete Society (NZCS)
  • Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand (SESOC)
  • New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE)
  • American Concrete Society (ACI)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kolozvari, K., Biscombe, L., Dashti, F., Dhakal, R. P., Gogus, A., Gullu, M. F., ... Rojas, F. (2019). State-of-the-art in nonlinear finite element modeling of isolated planar reinforced concrete walls. Engineering Structures, 194, 46-65. 10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.04.097
  • Cheng, X., Ji, X., Henry, R. S., & Xu, M. (2019). Coupled axial tension-flexure behavior of slender reinforced concrete walls. Engineering Structures, 188, 261-276. 10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.03.026
  • Seifi, P., Henry, R. S., & Ingham, J. M. (2019). In-plane cyclic testing of precast concrete wall panels with grouted metal duct base connections. Engineering Structures, 184, 85-98. 10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.01.079
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham
  • Twigden, K. M., & Henry, R. S. (2019). Shake table testing of unbonded post-tensioned concrete walls with and without additional energy dissipation. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 119, 375-389. 10.1016/j.soildyn.2018.05.007
  • Shegay, A. V., Motter, C. J., Elwood, K. J., Henry, R. S., Lehman, D. E., & Lowes, L. N. (2018). Impact of Axial Load on the Seismic Response of Rectangular Walls. Journal of Structural Engineering (United States), 144 (8).10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002122
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ken Elwood
  • Lu, Y., Gultom, R. J., Ma, Q. Q., & Henry, R. S. (2018). Experimental validation of minimum vertical reinforcement requirements for ductile concrete Walls. ACI Structural Journal, 115 (4), 1115-1130. 10.14359/51702048
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Quincy Ma
  • Corney, S. R., Ingham, J. M., & Henry, R. S. (2018). Seismic testing of support connections in deep hollow-core floor units. ACI Structural Journal, 115 (3), 735-748. 10.14359/51702062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham
  • Lu, Y., & Henry, R. S. (2018). Comparison of minimum vertical reinforcement requirements for reinforced concrete walls. ACI Structural Journal, 115 (3), 673-687. 10.14359/51701146


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 11, Room 1108
New Zealand

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