Peter Fajfar, born in 1943 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is Professor of Structural and Earthquake Engineering at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, and Head of the Institute for Structural Engineering, Earthquake Engineering and Construction IT at the faculty. He is a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Head of its Division of Mathematical, Physical, Chemical and Engineering Sciences, and a member of the Academy of Engineering in Slovenia.
He received his degrees from University of Ljubljana: Dipl. Ing. in 1966, M.Sc. in 1972, and Ph.D in 1974. After working a year at a construction site, he has been employed at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, from 1968. He was visiting researcher at the universities in Bochum, Germany (1972/73), UC Berkeley, USA (1980) and Tokushima, Japan (1993), and Visiting Professor at Technion, Haifa, Israel (1989), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (1994), Stanford University, USA (1995), and University of Bristol, UK (2006). He was Dean (1985-87), President of the Yugoslav Association of Earthquake Engineering (1984-88), and founding President of the Slovenian Association of Earthquake Engineering (1988-90). He is member of the Executive Committees of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (from 2002) and of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering (from 2004). He is an Editor of the international journal Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley) (from 2003), and a member of editorial boards of 7 other international journals.
The main research interest of P. Fajfar is analysis and design of structures for earthquake loads. He is author of three books (in Slovenian) and co-author of one book (in Serbian). With H.Krawinkler he organized three international workshops in Bled, Slovenia, and is co-editor of proceedings published by Elsevier (1992), Balkema (1997), and PEER Center (2004). He is author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers published in journals and conference proceedings. As designer, consultant or reviewer, he has participated in more than 100 design projects, which have mainly dealt with static and dynamic analysis of buildings and civil engineering structures, and the determination of seismic design parameters.