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Staff Profile

Dr Vasilis Sarhosis
Dr Vasilis Sarhosis, Visiting Lecturer, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Dr Vasilis Sarhosis is a University Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering and at the University of Leeds, and a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University (2016-2019), a Research Associate at the School of Engineering at Cardiff University (2013-2016) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure at University of Leeds (2011-2013). He holds both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, and worked as a consultant Civil Engineer in the UK. Dr Sarhosis is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK. He is currently leading the Masonry Research Group and chairing the National Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH) which is part of the ICOMOS.

Research interests

My research focuses on several core areas of masonry infrastructure, including inspection, monitoring and assessment of masonry arch bridges, tunnels, viaducts, retaining walls etc. More specifically, I am investigating the following areas:

  • inspection, monitoring and condition appraisal of masonry infrastructure;
  • structural assessment of masonry infrastructure
  • maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of masonry infrastructure

My vision is to undertake multi-disciplinary research to quantify degradation and understand the long-term behaviour of masonry structures subjected to natural and man-made hazards. I work together with industry and develop technologies and tools to reduce maintenance demands and improve the life-span of old and deteriorated masonry infrastructure.


  • PhD Computational modelling of low bond strength masonry, University of Leeds (2012)
  • MSc Sustainable Waste Management, University of Leeds (2006)
  • MSc Infrastructure Asset Maintenance and Management, University of Leeds (2004)
  • BEng Civil Engineering, University of Leeds (2003)

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK, No. 80317045
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, No. 9924132
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Recognition reference number: PR120205
  • Member of the Association of Civil Engineer, Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), No. 114420
  • Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK, No. 60196357
  • Member of the International Masonry Society (IMS)

Scientific and Technical Committee Member

  • Chair of the National Scientific Committee on Structural Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH) in UK
  • Executive Committee Member of ICOMOS: International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Committee Member of ICOMOS Digital Technology Heritage
  • Technical Committee Member of the RILEM group CSM - Composites for sustainable Strengthening of Masonry.

Participation in Funding Research Bodies

  • Reviewer of EPSRC grants
  • Associate Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (since 06/2017)
  • Reviewer for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)


  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, ISSN: 2056-9467 (online), Interscience Publishers.

Editorial Board Member

  • Open Construction and Building Technology Journal (OCBTJ), ISSN: 1874-8368 (Online), Bentham Publishers.
  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, Taylor and Francis Group. ISSN: 2378-9689 (Print), 2378-9697 (Online)
  • Frontiers in Earthquake Engineering, Frontiers. Earthquake Engineering.
  • Computational Methods in Structural Engineering, Frontiers in Built Environment

Selected Publications

  • Sarhosis V, Baraldi D, Lemos JV, Milani G (2019) Dynamic behaviour of ancient freestanding multi-drum and monolithic columns subjected to horizontal and vertical excitations Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 120, 39-57.
  • Sarhosis V, Dais D, Smyrou E, Bal IE (2019) Evaluation of modelling strategies for estimating cumulative damage on Groningen masonry buildings due to recursive induced earthquakes Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 1-22.
  • Sarhosis V, Lemos JV (2018) A detailed micro-modelling approach for the structural analysis of masonry assemblages Computers and Structures 206, 66-81.
  • Penava D, Sarhosis V, Kožarc I, Guljašd I (2018) Contribution of RC columns and masonry wall to the shear resistance of masonry infilled RC frames containing different in size window and door openings Engineering Structures 172, 105-130.
  • D’Altri AM, Milani G, de Miranda S, Castellazzi G, Sarhosis V (2018) Stability Analysis of Leaning Historic Masonry Structures Automation in Construction 92(1), 199-213.
  • Forgács T, Sarhosis V, Bagi K (2018) Influence of construction method on the load bearing capacity of skew masonry arches. Engineering Structures 168, 612-627.
  • Sarhosis V, Sheng Y (2014) Identification of material parameters for low bond strength masonry Engineering Structures 60, 100-110.