International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Luis Felipe Lopez

Luis Felipe LopezHead of Product Development at Base Bahay Foundation, Inc., Philippines.

Luis Felipe studied Civil Engineering at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, graduating in 2000. His Bachelor thesis “Comportamiento sismorresistente de estructuras de bahareque” became the basis of the Colombian bahareque building code published in 2002 by the Asosiacion Colombiana de ingenieria Sismica (AIS). In 2004 Luis Felipe conducted research work on damages in traditional bahareque constructions after earthquakes.

In 2006 he started his MSc. in Civil Engineering at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia where he conducted research on engineered bamboo and bahareque structures as well.

In 2008 Luis Felipe started working with the architect Simon Velez, being responsible for the structural analysis of his projects as well as conducting the full scale test of the nomadic museum structure in 2008.

In 2009 he led the committee that developed the Guadua building code, which was incorporated in the Colombian building code that same year.

In 2012 he started a consultation for Hilti foundation to determine the best bamboo construction system for the Philippines, coordinating and conducting different tests on mechanical properties, shear wall test, connections, etc.

In 2014 he moved permanently to the Philippines to work as Head of Product Development at Base Bahay Foundation, an initiative of Hilti foundation in the Philippines. Base Bahay is an NGO that promotes the use of the Cement Bamboo Frame Technology (bahareque.) Working with various local partners and government units, Base Bahay Foundation has built more than 600 houses as of 2018, in addition to four bamboo treatment facilities in the country.