Natural Materials and Structures Group
Elizabeth Wagemann is a trained architect that conducts research on housing in extreme situations using prefabricated and modular designs. She graduated from Universidad Católica de Chile with a Bachelor of Architecture (2001) and a Master in Architecture (2005). She received an MPhil in Architecture (2012) and a PhD (2016) from the University of Cambridge and is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Architecture.
Before starting her studies at the University of Cambridge, she worked at Universidad Católica de Chile as an instructor and lecturer (Thesis, 2nd year Studio, Experimental Prototypes) and coordinator of the master programmes (Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape). She also worked as an architect in small and medium scale projects. Her M.Arch Thesis was exhibited at the Architecture Biennial of Chile 2010, and was presented in different conferences. Her PhD was funded by Becas Chile Scholarship.
In her MPhil in Architecture at Cambridge she carried out a research called "Transitional accommodation after disasters. The gap between transitional and permanent housing". The research presents a comparison of shelters built in the past decade, showing a tendency to develop universal prototypes centred on the short-term product, when long-term projects are needed.
Her PhD research was based on the flexibility and adaptation of shelters after disasters. Modifications done by users on prefabricated solutions are studied, with the aim to define a set of design suggestions for future additions and changes.
Her current research is focused on bamboo construction in Pakistan for post-disaster housing and is funded by the EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund.
- Eco-house Research. Researcher in transitional housing and disaster recovery.
- RIBA Associate Member
- Interviewed by Cambridge TV News. http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/Kenya-Project/
2016. E. Wagemann, A. Gatóo, M. Ramage. ‘Bahay Kawayan. Resilient Bamboo Home’. In: Valkommen till Framtiden. Virserums Konsthall, Virserum, Sweden, p.153. ISBN 978-91-978861-3-0.
2016-17. W. Asali, E. Wagemann, M.H. Ramage. ‘Living on the move. Temporality and permanence in Syria’. S.L.U.M. Lab Magazine, ETH Zurich. Ready for publication.
2016. E. Wagemann. ‘Need for Adaptation Transformation of Temporary Houses’. Disasters, for publication, Oct. 2017, Vol. 41, issue 4 (online in Dec. 2016). ISSN: 1467-7717.
2016. E. Wagemann, C. Boano. ‘Disaster Risk Reduction including Climate Change Adaptation for Housing and Settlements’ in: Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Eds. I. Kelman, J. Mercer, JC Gaillard. Tylor and Francis, London. Ready for publication 2016.
2015. E. Wagemann, A. Gatoo, M. Ramage. ‘Bahay Kawayan. Vivienda Post Desastre en Bambú/ Post Disaster Housing in Bamboo’. ARQ (Santiago), Aug. 2015, no.90, Estructuras Desmontables. pp.68-69. ISSN 0717-6996. Available in www.scielo.cl
2015. K. Prater, M. Bock, A. Gatoo, E. Wagemann. ‘Mathare 3A: Building Resilience through Participatory Design’. Vision, Cambridge University International Development Society, Lent term.
- 2015. A. Gatoo, E. Wagemann, M. Ramage. Bahay Kawayan: A Transitional House for the Philippines. Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK (2015). ISBN: 978-0-903428-36-1.
- 2013. E. Wagemann, M. Ramage. ‘Relief for the curriculum: Architecture education and disaster recovery’, Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, issue 22 (2013). Pp. 129-133
- 2011. J. Rosas, E. Wagemann. ‘Profesion y disciplina. Una tension posible de articular’. Revista CA: Ciudad y Arquitectura, issue 148 (2011). Pp. 22-27.
- 2006. E. Wagemann. (Published project) ‘Proyectos de titulo. Un punto de inflexion’. Revista CA: Ciudad y Arquitectura, issue 124 (2006). Pp. 18-19
EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
- 2014. E. Wagemann, B. Devilat, D. Bralec, M. Stuardo, C. Soza (Eds). ChileGlobal Seminars UK 2013-2014. ChileGlobal Seminars UK, United Kingdom, 2014. ISBN: 978-956-358-346-5
- 2014. A. Gatoo, E. Wagemann. M. Bock (Eds). ‘The challenge of slum research, Briefing Notes’, University of Cambridge, Ecohouse Initiative, UK (2014)
- 2013 L. Heykoop, F. Killing, B. Devilat, K. Shute, E. Wagemann (Eds). ‘13th UK Shelter Forum, briefing Notes’, UK (2013)
- 2011-14. Editorial Board Member. Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, UK. ISSN: 0966-1026
- 2007-09. Editorial Board Member. MARQ journal: Master in Architecture. Universidad Catolica, Chile. ISSN: 0718-6630
TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS
Disasters, Shelters, and Latin American Studies
- 2015. 7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition, London, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London. ‘From Shelter to Home’
- 2015. SECED 2015. Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics, Homerton College, Cambridge. ‘Transition from Shelter to Home During the Recovery Process’
- 2015. Urban Emergencies: Emergent Urbanism, Cambridge. ‘Need for adaptation. Transition from shelter to home after a disaster’
- 2014. Encuentros ChileGlobal Santiago 2014, Hotel W, Santiago, Chile: ‘Transición de vivienda temporal a casa permanente después del terremoto de 2010 en Chile’
- 2014. SLAS 2014, Society for Latin American Studies, 50th Anniversary Conference, University of London: ‘Implementing Academic Research on Slum Upgrading and Urban Development in the Case of Latin America’
- 2014. 14th UK Shelter Forum, Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience, University College of London: ‘Implementing academic research: a pathway for impact’
- 2014. PhD Research Day on Latin America, CLAS, University of Cambridge: ‘Transition from shelter to home. Accommodation after earthquakes in Peru (2007) and Chile (2010)’
- 2013. University College of London: ‘Transition to what? From shelter to house after the 2010 earthquake in Chile’
- 2013. 13th UK Shelter Forum, Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience, University College of London: ‘Why our designs have not had an impact in practice?’
- 2013. The II Oxbridge Conference: Brazil, Research and Development (CUBS and OUBS): ‘Casa minima. Transitional housing for small plots in favelas of Sao Paulo’
- 2013. Shelter Meeting 13a, Shelter Centre, Geneva: ‘From transitional shelter to permanent house after earthquakes in Peru (2007) and Chile (2010)’
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
- 2016. Festival of Ideas: 'From architecture that evolves to architecture that deploys'.
- 2014. Symposium: ‘The challenge of designing for uncertainties. Flexibility and adaptation in transitional shelters after disasters’
- 2013. Graduate Colloquium: ‘The flexible shelter. From transitional to permanent house’ (Poster)
- 2012. Centenary Symposium: ‘Transitional accommodation after disaster’ (Poster)
Churchill College, University of Cambridge
- 2014. Conference on Everything: ‘Implementing academic research in the reconstruction process after natural disasters: a pathway for impact’
- 2013. Conference on Everything: ‘From transitional shelter to permanent house after earthquakes in Peru (2007) and Chile (2010)’
- 2013. Graduate seminars: ‘Flexibility and adaptation. Transition from temporary accommodation to permanent house after natural disasters’
- 2012. Conference on Everything: ‘Transitional shelter after disaster’ (Poster)
AWARDS and SCHOLARSHIPS
- 2016. EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund. Preparation for Disaster: Bamboo Shelter in Pakistan
- 2015. Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge. Ideas in Focus
- 2014. Versus: Lessons from vernacular heritage for sustainable architecture, International student competition. Third Place. Bahay Kawayan: A Post-disaster House for the Philippines with bamboo
- 2013. Full Student Bursary. SAHGB Annual Symposium ‘Transitory, Transformable and Transportable: Temporary Conditions in Architecture’, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
- 2012. Alex Mischenko Prize. Conference on Everything, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
- 2012. Santander Student Travel Grant. Research travel grant
- 2011-15.Becas-Chile Conicyt, Gobierno de Chile. Full MPhil and PhD studies
- 2010. AA/PUC Visiting School to the Atacama Desert. Travel Grant and attendance
- 2007. Ultima Milla - Universidad Catolica de Chile. Writing award
- 2005. Academic Excellence Award- Universidad Catolica de Chile. Top grade
- 2003 Assistant Scholarship- Universidad Catolica de Chile. Master in Architecture