NAMC Authors & Presenters

Papers Accepted to Date

More than 150 papers are anticipated to be presented at the conference and included in the final proceedings.

Papers cover a wide array of masonry topics, such as:

  • Arching
  • Confined Masonry
  • Education
  • Energy transfer
  • Existing masonry
  • Flexure and Shear
  • Historic masonry cases studies/li>
  • Infill
  • Material innovations
  • Material properties
  • Non-traditional masonry
  • Numerical methods
  • Out-of-plane flexure
  • Partially grouted masonry
  • Reinforcement
  • Retrofitting
  • Seismic design
  • Surface-mounted reinforcement
  • Unreinforced masonry
  • Veneer

Submission Deadlines

Presentation deadline: June 3, 2019

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Abstracts and manuscript submissions for the 13NAMC will be collected using the 13NAMC Paper Portal, which is hosted by Catalyst. Those submitting abstracts will need to create an account with Catalyst to log into the Paper Portal. There is no template for the abstract. After creating an account and logging into the 13NAMC Paper Portal, authors can either type or copy and paste the abstract into the provided text box.

Abstracts may be submitted by an author or by another person designated by the author. Collaborating authors should designate one person to submit the abstract for the group. For each abstract, the corresponding manuscript must be submitted using the same account. All correspondences regarding each submission will only be sent to the submitter’s Catalyst account.

Abstracts and manuscripts will be peer reviewed using rules consistent with those followed for TMS Journal, which include at least two independent reviews, and will be selected based on the following:

  1. Relevance
  2. Quality of Submission (submissions must be well written, clear, and concise)
  3. Complete and Timely Submissions – submissions must be formatted correctly and be sent in on time. Incomplete and late submissions will not be reviewed.
  4. Abstracts are scored on scientific merit, relevance, quality, and implementation.

Submissions may not have a commercial or marketing focus. Those interested in presenting topics which include proprietary products and technology are encouraged to participate in the Innovative Technology Session. For more information or questions, please contact the Organizing Committee at

For more details about abstract and manuscript submissions, please see the instructions below.


For each accepted paper, at least one author must present their findings at the conference for the paper to be included in the conference proceedings and book of abstracts. Authors who cannot attend the conference to present their findings are encouraged instead to submit their works to TMS Journal for consideration.

Presentations will be organized into technical sessions with other similarly-themed presentations. Each presentation is anticipated to be 15 minutes and will be followed by 4 minutes of Q&A. More details about presentations and presentation templates will be made available as the conference approaches.


The following instructions, templates, and formatting guides have been compiled to help authors and presenters understand the requirements for abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations submitted to the conference. Each file will be published below as it becomes available.

Abstract instructions and requirements: 13NAMC Abstract Instructions
Copyright transfer for approved abstracts: Copyright Transfer Agreement
Manuscript template and formatting guide: 13NAMC Manuscript Template
Presentation template and formatting guide: 13NAMC Presentation Template

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Since the 5th North American Masonry Conference in 1990, awards have been presented to recognize outstanding papers presented at the conference.
Awards for best papers will be presented during the Conference Banquet on Tuesday Evening. A list of previous award recipients is provided below.

During the 13th North American Masonry Conference in Salt Lake City, awards will be presented to recognize outstanding presentations given at the conference.
Awards for best presentations will be awarded during the Closing Luncheon on Wednesday.

Papers receiving awards at 12th North American Masonry Conference (2015)

Challenges in Modeling Out-of-Plane Seismic Response of Existing Masonry Buildings Paulo Lourenco, Daniel P. Abrams, Nuno Mendes, Alexandre Costa, and Alfredo Campos Costa
Conventional Concrete Blocks Manufactured Using Sequestered Carbon Dioxide Sean Monkman and Mark MacDonald
A Study on the out-of-Plane Stability of Ductile Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls Subjected to In-Plane Reversed Cyclic Loading Brook Robazza, Svetlana Brzev, Kenneth J. Elwood, Donald L. Anderson, T.Y. Yang, and Bill McEwen
The Hygrothermal, Energy and Long Term Performance Benefits of Masonry Exterior Wall Assemblies: An Owner’s Perspective Annette Cyphers and Carly Wagner
Honorable Mention
Flexural Behavior of Ungrouted Post-Tensioned Masonry Beams with Eccentric, Unbonded Tendons John Mario Garcia Giraldo, Ricardo Leon Bonett Diaz, Christian Ledezma Araya, and Arturo E Schultz
Reliability of Plastic Hinge Models for Reinforced Concrete & Reinforced Concrete Block Structural Walls Ahmad Siam, Marwan Shedid, Yiping Guo, and Wael El-Dakhakhni
Evaluation of the Influence of Self-Reinforced Concrete Block on Ductility of a Shear Wall Madeleine Joyal, M.J. Tait, and Robert G. Drysdale
The Size Effect in Reinforced Masonry Structures Salah R. Sarhat and Edward G. Sherwood

Papers receiving awards at 11th North American Masonry Conference (2011)

Seismic Performance of Masonry Veneer in Wood-Frame Structures Hussein Okail, P. Benson Shing, Richard E. Klingner, Seongwoo Jo, W. Mark McGinley, and David I. McLean
Allowable Stress Recalibration in the 2011 TMS 402 Richard M. Bennett, Edwin T. Huston, David I. McLean, and Diane B. Throop
Brick Beyond Boundaries Richard Filloramo, Mack Scogin, Jennifer Pindyck, Michael Filisky, and David Biggs
Performance of Brick in Field Freeze-Thaw Exposure to That Predicted by Physical Properties and Freeze-Thaw Tests J. Gregg Borchelt and Brian E. Trimble
Honorable Mention
Splice Provisions for Deformed Reinforcement Surrounded by Grout in AAC Masonry Miguel Forero Henao, and Richard E. Klingner
Fragility Curves for In-Plane Seismic Performance of Reinforced Masonry Walls Juan Murcia-Delso, and P. Benson Shing
Evaluation of Water Repellent Admixtures and Coatings on the Air Permeance of Single-Wythe Concrete Masonry Nicholas R. Lang, Jason J. Thompson, and Dennis W. Graber
Shear Design of Reinforced Masonry Beams Salah R. Sarhat and Ted Sherwood

Papers receiving awards at 10th North American Masonry Conference (2007)

Effect of Axial Stress and Aspect Ratio on Lateral Strength of URM Walls Joshua Steelman and Daniel P. Abrams
Finite Element Modeling of Slender Post-Tensioned Masonry Walls Subject to Out-of-Plane Lateral Loading Jennifer R. Bean and Arturo E. Schultz
Eccentric Loading of Solid Brickwork: Experimental and Theoretical Approaches A. Brencich, C. Corradi, and L. Gambarotta
Honorable Mention
Torsion Shear Test for Mortar Joints in Masonry: Preliminary Experimental Results Mark J. Masia, Yan Han, Christie J. Player, Marcio R. S. Correa, and Adrian W. Page
Design Performance of a Mid-Rise Reinforced Masonry Building Subjected to Unanticipated Loads Can C. Simsir, Anurag Jain, Alexis P. Dumortier, and Gary C. Hart
Behaviour of Wide Cavity Walls under Lateral Loading Gabi Bertram, Dirk R. W. Martens, and Bright Ng’Andu
Design Proposal of Confined Masonry Buildings Angel San Bartolomé and Daniel Quiun

Papers receiving awards at 9th North American Masonry Conference (2003)

Large-Scale Tests of an Unreinforced Masonry Low-Rise Building Franklin L. Moon, Tianyi Yi, Roberto T. Leon, and Lawrence F. Kahn
Influence of Diaphragm Flexibility on the Out-Of-Plane Response of Unreinforced Masonry Bearing Walls Can C. Simsir, Mark A. Aschheim, and Daniel P Abrams
Numerical Simulation of Buckling in Laterally-Loaded Slender URM Walls Arturo E. Schultz, Mu Lu, and Henryk K. Stolarski
Honorable Mention
Blast Resistance of Un-Reinforced Masonry Walls Retrofitted With Fiber Reinforced Polymers John J. Myers, Abdeldjelil Belarbi, and Khaled A. El-Domiaty
Capillary Tension, Moisture Retentivity and Masonry Bond Anne M. Werner, and David Lange
Composite Action of Masonry Walls on Steel Lintels Subjected to Concentrated Loads William A. Wood
Design and Retrofit of Concrete Masonry-Infilled Steel Frames Using GFRP Laminates Ahmad Hamid, Wael W. El-Dakhakhni, and Mohamed Elgaaly

Papers receiving awards at 8th North American Masonry Conference (1999)

Behavior of Multi-Perforated Clay Brick Walls under Earthquake-Type Loading Sergio M. Alcocer and Jose Zepeda
Seismic Resistance of Masonry-Infilled RC Frames Armin B. Mehrabi and P. Benson Shing
Mechanical Behaviour at Different Ages of Masonry Prisms with Thick Mortar Joints Reproducing a Byzantine Masonry Luigia Binda, Giulia Baronio, and Christina Tedeschi
Long-Term Differential Movements in Masonry Cavitys Marc D. Kuzik, Alaa E. Elwi, and Michael A. Hatzinikolas

Papers receiving awards at 7th North American Masonry Conference (1996)

Structural Performance of Residential Chimneys in Earthquakes Matthew J. Scolforo, James E. Amrhein, and John Chrysler
Load Test on Post-Tensioned Masonry Walls Nebojsa Mojsilovic and Peter Marti
Lateral Force Behavior of Brick Infills with Steel Frames Stephen P. Schneider, Daniel P. Abrams, and Stephen J. Favieri
Evaluation of the Seismic and Wind Resistance of Low-Rise Masonry Buildings Nina K. Kristeva and Scott D. Schiff
An Anisotropic Failure Criterion Suitable for Numerical Implementation Paulo B. Lourenco and Jan G. Rots
Seismic Response Evaluation for Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Daniel P. Abrams
Evaluation and Analytical Verification of Shaking Table Data from Infilled Frames Richard E. Klingner, Nestor R. Rubiano, Tarek R. Bashandy, and Steven C. Sweeney
Flexural Behavior of Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls with Unbonded Reinforcement Alok Madan, Andrei M. Reinhorn, and John B. Mander

Papers receiving awards at 6th North American Masonry Conference (1993)

Preliminary Results from the TCCMAR 5-Story Full-Scale Reinforced Masonry Research Building Test F. Seible, G. Hegemier, M.J.N. Priestley, G.R. Kingsley, A. Igarashi, and A. Kürkchübasche
Transverse Strength of Damaged URM Infills D.P. Abrams, R. Angel, and J. Uzarski
The Seismic Resistance of Historical Urban Buildings M. Tomazevic, M. Lutman, and P. Weiss
The Effects of Reinforcement on Shear Response M.M.S. Khattab and R.G. Drysdale
Analysis of Shear Strength of Reinforced Masonry Walls P.B. Shing, J. Brunner, and H.R. Lofti

Papers receiving awards at 5th North American Masonry Conference (1990)

Strength & Ductility of Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls P. B. Shing, M. Schuller, and V.S. Hoskere
Masonry Structures in the Chilean Earthquake R. Villablanca, R. Klingner, R. Mayes, and M. Blondet
Nonlinear Analysis of Reinforced Subassemblages F. Seible, H.L. LaRovere, and G.R. Kingsley
Seismic Response of T-Section Masonry Shear Walls M.J.N. Priestley and H. Limin