Contact InformationCory Zurell

Phone: 519-888-4567 x33150
Location: CPH 3611C

Biography Summary

Cory Zurell is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, supporting the Architectural Engineering program. He is a licenced Professional Engineer in Ontario and Nova Scotia and is also a Principal at Blackwell Structural Engineers.

Dr. Zurell has extensive experience in building design as well as bridge design, and has been involved in many architectural- and engineering-award-winning projects. While experienced with a variety of structural materials, he is particularly experienced in timber design, and has lectured at various industry events on adaptive reuse of historic buildings and the use of heavy/mass timber in large, non-residential buildings.

Prior to joining UW full-time, Dr. Zurell was an adjunct instructor for over ten years, teaching structural design courses to architecture and engineering students at UW as well as at Laurentian University’s School of Architecture.

Dr. Zurell is a member of the Technical Committee for CSA S6, the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, for which he chairs the Timber Design Sub-committee.

Dr. Zurell does not have an active research program and does not accept graduate students.

Research Interests

  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Design of Buildings
  • Structural Timber Design
  • Adaptive Reuse of Historic Building Structures
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Heritage Structures
  • Timber Bridge Design


  • 2004, Doctorate, Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa
  • 1997, Bachelor of Applied Science, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • ARCH 362 - Steel and Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction
    • Taught in 2015
  • ARCH 662 - Steel & Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction
    • Taught in 2015
  • ARCH 277 - Timber: Design, Structure and Construction for Engineers
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CIVE 415 - Structural System Design
    • Taught in 2016
  • CIVE 700 - Topics in Structural Engineering
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.