Dr. Lina Zhou

Dr. Lina  Zhou
Associate Professor
Civil Engineering
Office: ECS 302

BS (Tongji University), MS (Tongji University), PhD (UNB), P.Eng.

Area of expertise

Structural engineering, timber structures

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria (2023present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria
    (2017 ‒ 2023)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wood Science and Technology Center, University of New Brunswick 
    (2015 ‒ 2016)

Research Areas

  • Innovative wood structural systems and connections
  • Wood-based hybrid buildings
  • Seismic performance of timber structures
  • Mid-rise and high-rise timber structures


  • CIVE 350 Structural Analysis
  • CIVE 458/558 Timber Structures
  • CIVE 555 Dynamics of Structures & Earthquake Engineering

Selected Publications

Qiang, R., Zhou, L., Ni, C, and Huang, D. (2022). “Seismic performance of high-capacity light wood frame shear walls with three rows of nails.” Engineering Structures, 268 (2022) 114767. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2022.114767

Derakhshan, S. S., Ni, C, Zhou, L., Qiang, R. and Huang, D. (2022). “Cyclic test and seismic equivalency evaluation of high-capacity light wood-frame shear walls for midrise buildings.” Journal of Structural Engineering, 148 (10). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.00034

Eini, A., Zhou, L., and Ni, C. (2022). “Behavior of self-tapping screws used in hybrid light wood frame structures connected to a CLT core.” Buildings 2022, 12(7), 1018. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12071018

Rezvani, S., Zhou, L., and Ni, C. (2021). “Numerical analysis of in- and out-of-plane coupling effects on angle bracket connections in CLT structures.” Engineering Structures, 250 (2022) 113494, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.113494

Rezvani, S., Zhou, L., and Ni, C. (2021). “Experimental evaluation of angle bracket connections in CLT structures under in- and out-of-plane lateral loading.” Engineering Structures, 244 (2021) 112787, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.112787

Zhou, L., Chui, Y., and Ni, C. (2019). “Numerical study on seismic force modification factors of hybrid light wood frame structures connected to a stiff core.” Engineering Structures, 183 (2019) 874–882. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.01.082

Zhou, L., Chui, Y., and Ni, C. (2018). “Influence of middle member thickness on properties of double-shear nail joints.” Journal of Structural Engineering, 2018, 144(8):04018109. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002126

Zhou, L., Ni, C., and Chui, Y. (2016). “Testing and modeling of wood-masonry hybrid wall assembly.” Journal of Structural Engineering, 2016, 143(2): 04016167. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001654


Dr. Zhou is currently accepting MASc and PhD students in the field of timber structures. Applicants who are self-motivated and interested in the research area of timber structures are welcomed to apply. Preference will be given to those who have relevant timber research experience, earthquake engineering research experience and finite element modeling skills.