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Lisa Holliday


Tammy McCuen

Associate Professor

The Haskell & Irene Lemon Construction Science Division


(405) 325-9464


College of Architecture
University of Oklahoma
830 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019-6141




  • 2009: PhD in Civil Engineering, Structures Major, University of Oklahoma
  • 1995: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Academic Appointments

  • Fall 2016 - Present: Associate Professor, Construction Science Division, University of Oklahoma
  • Fall 2010-Spring 2016: Assistant Professor, Construction Science Division, University of Oklahoma

Industry Experience

  • 2004-2009: Design Engineer
    Obelisk Engineering, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2002-2003: Design Engineer
    BC Metal Buildings, El Reno, OK
  • 1995-2001: Design Engineer/Sales Engineer
    Start Building Systems, Oklahoma City, OK


  • Professional Engineer (Oklahoma)


  • Outstanding Educator Award, College of Architecture, Awarded September 2013
  • ASC Regional Teaching Award  2013

Research Interests

  • Disaster Resistant Buildings
  • Earthquake Resistant Building
  • Tornado Resistant Buildings
  • Building Codes for Tornado Safety
  • Storm Shelters in Schools
  • Sustainable Structures
  • Earthen Construction
  • Building Structures and Structures Education

Recent Publications

  • Lisa Holliday, Camilo Pena, Somik Ghosh, Flipping a Structures Class in a Construction Science Program, ASEE Annual Convention Proceedings and Presentation, June 2015
  • Butko, Daniel J., Jon Birney, Jack Randorff, Lisa Holliday, and Matthew Reyes, Comparing the acoustical nature of a compressed earth block residence to a traditional wood-framed residence, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. submitted and waiting for approval
  • Chris Ramseyer, Lisa Holliday, Royce Floyd, Enhanced Residential Building Code for Tornado Safety, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Accepted, forthcoming
  • Lisa Holliday, Chris Ramseyer, Matthew Reyes, and Daniel Butko, Building with Compressed Earth Block within the Building Code, ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, Accepted with revisions, forthcoming
  • Lisa Holliday and Thomas Kang, Low-Cost Earthquake Solutions for Nonengineered Residential Construction in Developing Regions, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Online Publication Date: Sep 2014
  • Paul Boer, Lisa Holliday, and Thomas Kang, Interactions of Environmental Factors on Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites and their Inspection and Maintenance: A Review, Construction and Building Materials, January 2014
  • Chris Ramseyer, Royce Floyd, Lisa Holliday, and Seth Roswurm, Influence of Lateral Load Bracing Systems on Damage and Survivability of Residential Structures Impacted by the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado of May 20th, 2013, 2014 Structures Congress Proceedings
  • Chris Ramseyer and Lisa Holliday, Moore Residential Building Code, 2014 Revisions - residential construction to withstand an EF-2 tornado
  • Lisa Holliday, Kenneth Robson, and Matthew Reyes , The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Faculty Internship: Providing New Skills for Construction Educators, ASEE Annual Convention June 2014
  • Andrew Graettinger, et al (including Lisa Holliday), Tornado Damage Assessment in the aftermath of the May 20th, 2013 Moore, Oklahoma Tornado, Final Report to NSF
  • Paul Boer, Lisa Holliday, and Thomas Kang, Independent environmental effects on durability of fiber-reinforced polymer wraps in civil applications: A review, Construction and Building Materials, November 2013
  • Lisa Holliday, Matthew Reyes, Richard Ryan, and Kenneth Robson, An Innovative Partnering Approach: Industry Led Construction Labs, ASEE Annual convention, June 2013
  • Matthew Reyes, Lisa Holliday, and Daniel Butko, Involving Construction Students in Research through Collaboration and the EPA-P3 Competition, ASC Annual International Conference Proceedings, March 2013
  • Daniel Butko, Lisa Holliday, Matthew Reyes, Chris Ramseyer, and Kianoosh Hatami, Returning to Earth: Analyzing and Designing Earthen Structures for Sustainable Design, ACSA Fall Conference, October 2013
  • Lisa Holliday, Chris Ramseyer, Michael Frame, Shear Strength of Unreinforced Compressed Earth Block Walls, Earth USA Conference Proceedings, October 2013
  • Lisa Holliday, Daniel Butko, and Aaron Crandall, Results of Student Research with CEB – Collaboration among OU Architecture, Construction Science and Engineering Students, Earth USA Conference Proceedings, October 2013
  • Holly Snow, Daniel Butko, and Lisa Holliday, The Permit Process – OU Students Involvement with CEB Energy Compliance and Construction Documents, Earth USA Conference Proceedings, October 2013


Funded Projects

  • Internal funding:
  • Faculty Challenge Grant ($20,000) – How Does Earth Stack Up? Comparing the Sustainability of a Compressed Earth Block House to a Conventionally Frames House  – Daniel Butko (PI), Lisa Holliday, Scott Williams, Bill McManus, and Charles Graham
  • External funding:
  • EPA-P3 ($90,000)– Building a Habitat for Humanity Community with Compressed Earth Blocks  – Lisa Holliday (PI), Daniel Butko, Scott Williams, Matthew Reyes, and Charles Graham 2012
  • OTC (Oklahoma Transportation Center) ($199,998 – 2 years) Repair and Retrofit of Concrete Bridge Girders using Hybrid FRP Sheets – Lisa Holliday (PI), Thomas Kang 2011
  • OTC (Oklahoma Transportation Center) ($100,000 ) Relief of Reinforcing Congestion in Beams and Bent Caps of Concrete Bridges – Lisa Holliday (PI), Thomas Kang 2011
  • NSF ($7,000) - RAPID Response Research Grant to Study Residential Lateral Resistance Systems - Chris Ramseyer (PI), Lisa Holliday & Royce Floyd (CO-PI) 2013
  • EPA ($984,175) – Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices – Lisa Holliday (PI), Marguerite Keesee, Sheryl Magzamen, David Johnson, and Hepi Watcher (CO-PI), Evan Floyd, Jun Wang, and Robert Lynch (I) 2014
  • NAHB ($27,000) - Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP) – Matthew Reyes (PI), Anthony Perrenoud,  & Lisa Holliday (CO-PI) 2014
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