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Dr Rob Foster

Dr Rob Foster

Senior Lecturer

School of Civil Engineering

University of Queensland


Rob is a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Future Timber Structures in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

He previously worked with Michael Ramage and the Centre for Natural Material Innovation on the 2016 RIBA President's Award for Design and Technical Research winning Super Tall Timber project.

Key Publications

- Relating to the Super Tall Timber project

Journal articles

Reynolds, T.P.S., Foster, R.M., Bregulla, J., Chang, W-S., Harris, R. and Ramage, M.H. (2017) "Lateral load resistance of cross-laminated timber shear walls", J. Struct. Eng. [postprint]

Sanner, J., Snapp, T., Fernandez, A., Weihing, D., Foster, R. and Ramage, M. (2017) "River Beech Tower: A tall timber experiment", CTBUH Journal, 2017(2), 40-46,

Ramage, M., Foster, R., Smith, S., Flanagan, K., and Bakker, R. (2017) "Super Tall Timber: design research for the next generation of natural structure", The Journal of Architecture, 22(1), 104-122,

Foster, R.M. and Ramage, M.H. (2017). "Briefing: Super Tall Timber - Oakwood Tower", Proceedings of the ICE - Construction Materials, 170(3), 118-122,

Foster, R.M., Reynolds, T.P.S. and Ramage, M.H. (2016). “Proposal for defining a tall, timber building”, J. Struct. Eng., 142(12), 02516001, 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001615

Architectural press

Ramage, M. and Foster, R. (2016) "Supertall Timber", The RIBA Journal, 123(12), p. 41

Foster, R. and Ramage, M. (2016) "Super Tall Timber Project: Un grattacielo di legno a Londra", Legnoarchitettura, 24, pp. 106-111

 White papers

Bakker, R., Ramage, M. and Foster, R. (2017) “Natural Building Materials” in Buhler, M.M. and Kosta, I. [Eds.] World Economic Forum White PaperShaping the Future of Construction: Insights to redesign the industry, World Economic Forum, Switzerland, 82,


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FLOWER approved by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme

Jun 15, 2018

Development of innovative flax fibre reinforcements for composite applications

A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels

Sep 21, 2017

In a paper recently published in Biotechnology for Biofuels we are looking at a possible way to improve the processing of timber derived from conifers to feedstock used for sustainable manufacturing of novel biomaterials and biofuels. Softwood, as any other timber, is predominantly composed of plant secondary cell walls - an intricate matrix of polysaccharides and phenolic compounds which surround wood cells. Due to abundance of trees, plant secondary cell walls are the largest, renewable, resource of bioenergy on the planet.

Green method developed for making technical fibres

Sep 07, 2017

The team at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation has designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk and viscose rayon, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water.

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