Mr Kim Baber

Fellow in Civil Eng & Architecture

School of Architecture, Design and Planning
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Kim Baber is a Fellow in Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Queensland and a practising Architect. In 2015 he was awarded the Queensland ‘Emerging Architect’ Prize by the Australian Institute of Architects, and in 2016 Kim was awarded the Gottstein Trust Fellowship to research timber Architecture and fabrication technologies being developed in Europe and Japan. Kim is also a member of the UQ ‘Centre for Future Timber Structures’, and the Australian Research Council ‘Future Timber Hub’. Kim teaches and works on research projects with Architecture and Civil Engineering students where they design, develop and construct prototypes that test innovations in timber design.

Research Interests

  • Timber Joint design
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Architectural Design Research

Research Impacts

Kim is a researcher in the Future Timber Hub, currently involved in two research projects.

The Future Timber Hub is an Industrial Transformation Research Hub to Transform Future Tall Timber Buildings in the Pacific region. The Hub aims to drive the future development of tall timber buildings in the Australian built environment. The aim of the Hub is to transform the timber construction industry in Australia by generating the skills, knowledge and resources that will overcome current technological and social barriers limiting the application of timber to tall structures.

Kim is chief investigator on the project entitled Alternative uses for under-valued sawmill products in innovative timber structures

Kim is partner investigator on the project entitled Prefabrication and digital fabrication strategies for large-scale timber construction


  • Masters (Coursework), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours), The University of Queensland


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Baber, Kim R., Barton, Aaron, Burry, Jane R., Chen, Canhui, Gattas, Joseph M., Koch, Christoph and Ren, Hengyi (2023). Inventory-Constrained Design of a Variable Small Diameter Round Timber Structure. IASS Annual Symposium 2023, Melbourne, VIC Australia, 10-14 July 2023.

  • Baber, Kim R., Burry, Jane R., Chen, Canhui, Gattas, Joseph M. and Bukauskas, Aurimas (2019). Inventory constrained funicular modelling. In: Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia. IASS 2019 Barcelona Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, (1-10). 7-10 October 2019.

  • Baber, Kim, Gattas, Joseph M., Fernando, Dilum and Ahn, Sanghyung (2019). Large span glue laminated arches for the Yangjaegogae Eco Bridge. Pacific Timber Engineering Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 10-12 July 2019.

  • Mills, Harry, Baber, Kim and Gattas, Joseph M. (2019). The potential for underutilised timber for the built environment. Pacific Timber Engineering Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 10-12 July 2019.

  • Plasencia Alava, Kevin B., McCann, Lee K., Baber, Kim and Gattas, Joseph M. (2018). Computational design and experimental behaviour of deployable mass timber arches. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures - Symposium 2018, Boston, MA United States, 16-20 July 2018. Boston, MA United States: International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures.

  • Fernando, Dilum, Torero, Jose L., Gattas, Joseph, Baber, Kim, Maluk, Cristian and Hidalgo, Juan P. (2018). Novel technologies for tall timber buildings: research streams and three solutions. 24th International Wood Construction Conference (IHF), Congress Centrum, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), 5-7 December 2018.

  • Gattas, Joseph M., Baber, Kim and Al-Qaryouti, Yousef (2017). Rapid Assembly with Bending-Stabilised Structures. Fabricate 2017, Stuttgart, Germany, April 6-8 2017. London, United Kingdom: UCL Press. doi: 10.14324/111.9781787350014

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision