Mr John Bentley Chapman

BE DipEd


John Chapman is a registered engineer and worked for some years as a consulting engineer, mainly in New Zealand. In the last twelve years at the School of Architecture and Planning, he has been working as a researcher, lecturer, and consultant. John Chapman’s research work is based around developing timber construction systems for commercial buildings. Topics of study include the strength of timber poles and their possible for use in medium rise buildings; and developing sound-resistant timber floor systems. Recently, he has concentrated on the potential of “cross-laminated” timber construction for high-rise timber building. This type of construction is particularly suited to NZ grown pinus radiata. John lectures on the topics of structures and timber technology. He also helps students with structure solutions for their studio design projects.

Research | Current

  • Multi-storey timber building
  • Round timber structures
  • Structural/civil engineering design
  • Teaching structural engineering concepts

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chapman, J. B. (2015). Timber multi-level buildings to 20 levels based on a central core of integrated CLT panels. New Zealand timber design journal, 23 (2). Related URL.
  • Chapman, J. B. (2014). Integrated cross-laminated timber panels for buildings to twenty levels. In A. Salenikovich (Ed.) WCTE 2014 Proceedings Quebec City, Canada. Related URL.
  • Chapman, J. B., Reynolds, T., & Harris, R. (2012). A 30 level cross laminated timber building system and analysis of the Eurocode dynamic wind loads. In P. Quenneville (Ed.) 12th World Conference on Timber Engineering Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Bryan Walford, G., & Chapman, J. B. (2010). Evaluation of the strength of shaved steamed Pinus radiata poles. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 40, 83-90.
  • Chapman, J. B., & Dodd, D. G. (2010). Acoustic testing of a pinus radiata pole joists floor system. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, 18 (1), 13-18.
  • Chapman, J. B., & Dodd, G. (2009). Improved sound insulated floors for a 6 storey timber building system. New Zealand Acoustics, 22 (4), 20-26.
  • Tonks, G., & Chapman, J. B. (2009). Earthquake Performance of Historic Timber Buildings in New Zealand. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, 17 (3), 3-9.