Dr 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 713 - Structures and Design 4 (Masonry and Concrete)
  • CIVIL 715 - Advanced Structural Concrete

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD students:
    • 2013-current:  Ericson Encina, "Wall-to-floor interaction in reinforced concrete buildings"
    • 2013-current:  Sam Corney, "Seismic response of precast concrete floor diaphragms"
    • 2012-current:  Yiqiu Lu, "Seismic behaviour of  lightly reinforced concrete walls"
    • 2012-current:  Jonathan Watkins, “The design of seismic resistant buildings that utilise self-centering precast concrete walls”
    • 2011-current:  Kimberly Twigden, “Dynamic response of unbonded post-tensioned rocking walls"
  • ME students:
    • 2012-current:  Andy Ahn:  "Seismic analysis of an RC wall building damaged during the Canterbury earthquakes"


  • 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)

  • Henry, R. S., Dizhur, D., Elwood, K. J., Hare, J., & Brunsdon, D. (2017). Damage to concrete buildings with precast floors during the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 50 (2), 174-186.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34755
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ken Elwood, Dima Dizhur
  • Twigden, K. M., Sritharan, S., & Henry, R. S. (2017). Cyclic testing of unbonded post-tensioned concrete wall systems with and without supplemental damping. Engineering Structures, 140, 406-420. 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.02.008
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34042
  • Lu, Y., Henry, R. S., Gultom, R., & Ma, Q. T. (2017). Cyclic Testing of Reinforced Concrete Walls with Distributed Minimum Vertical Reinforcement. Journal of Structural Engineering (United States), 143 (5).10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001723
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36241
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Quincy Ma, Yiqiu Lu
  • Encina, E., Lu, Y., & Henry, R. S. (2016). Axial elongation in ductile reinforced concrete walls. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 49 (4), 305-318.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34044
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yiqiu Lu
  • Seifi, P., Henry, R. S., & Ingham, J. M. (2016). Panel connection details in existing New Zealand precast concrete buildings. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 49 (2), 190-199.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29703
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham
  • Henry, R. S., Sritharan, S., & Ingham, J. M. (2016). Finite element analysis of the PreWEC self-centering concrete wall system. Engineering Structures, 115, 28-41. 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.02.029
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29711
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Ingham
  • Edkins, D. J., Orense, R. P., Henry, R. S., & Ingham, J. M. (2016). Signature failure modes of pipelines constructed of different materials when subjected to earthquakes. Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, 7 (1).10.1061/(ASCE)PS.1949-1204.0000213
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29070
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rolando Orense, David Edkins, Jason Ingham
  • Sritharan, S., Aaleti, S., Henry, R. S., Liu, K. Y., & Tsai, K. C. (2015). Precast concrete wall with end columns (PreWEC) for earthquake resistant design. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 44 (12), 2075-2092. 10.1002/eqe.2576


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