John Adam Gales

Contact Information

(416) 736-2100 ext. 44221

Campus Address

BRG 335A 11 Arboretum Ln. York University, Toronto ON M3J 1P3


Dr. John Gales is an Assistant Professor at York University in the Department of Civil Engineering in Toronto, Canada where he leads their new Fire Safety Engineering Research Group. Dr. Gales also performs duties as a visiting professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Boston, USA, and University of Waterloo, Canada. He received his engineering doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2013. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Gales’ primary research interests include resilient structural fire design, and human behaviour in emergency situations. His research is active in various international collaborations and student exchanges related to fire safety engineering research with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, and NIST in the USA. His students have been recipients of 48 major scholarships and research awards. He has been recipient of 11 major NSERC Canada research grants in the last five years and to date he has approximately 150 scientific contributions. He is one of four Task Group Chairs in the Fire Protection Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the leading structural fire committee in the United States; voting member on the Canadian Building Code Standing Committee on Fire Protection (CCBFC); Chair of the committee on Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers; Associate Editor of Fire and Materials (John Wiley); Associate Editor Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (NRC research); Editorial board of Fire Technology (Springer-Nature), and was Chair of the 2018 Workshop on Fire Resistance of Structures for ASTM International. Learn more on his website at

Prospective students

Graduate applications should read our page of research opportunities before applying to our team.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Structural Engineering) – University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) – Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Areas of Expertise/Interest
  • Structural Fire Resilience
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Human behavior that Influences Architecture and Design
  • Timber Structures
  • Steel Design
  • Concrete materials
  • Stadium Design
  • Heritage and Adaptive re-use
Recent Publications

Recent Publications

  • Jeanneret, C., Gales, J., Kostivinos, P, and Rein G. (2019) Acceptance criteria for unbonded post-tensioned concrete exposed to travelling and traditional design fires. Fire Technology. Accepted.
  • Chorlton, B., and Gales, J. (2019) Fire Performance of Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Timber. Engineering Structures (Elsevier). (accepted)
  • LaMalva, K., Bisby, L., Gales, J., et al. (2019) Rectification of ‘restrained vs. unrestrained’. Fire and Materials. (accepted)
  • Quiquero H., Gales, J., Abu, T., and Al Hamd, R. (2019) Finite Element Modelling of Post-Tensioned Timber Beams in Ambient and Fire Conditions. Fire Technology. (accepted).
  • Folk L., Kuligowski, E., Gwynne, S., and Gales, J. (2019) Decision making factors that affect evacuation in wild land urban interface fires. Fire Technology (in press).
  • Nicoletta, B., Kostovinos, P., and Gales, J (2019) Review of the fire hazard identification and thermo-mechanical response of bridges in fire, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. (accepted).
  • Gatien S. Young, T., Hoehler H., and Gales, J. (2019) Application of Narrow-Spectrum Illumination and Image Processing to Measure Surface Char Formation in Lateral Ignition and Flame Spread Tests. Fire and Materials. 43, 4. 358-364
  • Nicoletta B., Woods, J., Gales, J., and Fam, A. (2019) Postfire Performance of GFRP Stay-in-Place Formwork for Concrete Bridge Decks. Journal of Construction for Composites 23(3): 16 pp
  • Quiquero, H., Chorlton, B., and Gales, J. (2018) Performance of Adhesives in Glulam after Short Term Fire Exposure. International Journal of High-Rise Buildings. CTUBH 7 (4) 299-311
  • Wang, W., Gales, J. et al. (2018) A Novel Application of Silicone-Based Flame-Retardant Adhesive in Plywood. Construction & Building Materials. 189, 448 – 459
  • Quiquero, H., Smith M., and Gales, J. (2018) Developing fire safety engineering as a practice in Canada. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. 45: 527–536
  • Hajiloo H., Green, M., and Gales, J. (2018) Mechanical properties of GFRP reinforcing bars at high temperatures. Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier). 162(20): 142-154.
Research Opportunities

Prior to applying to our team, it is encouraged that prospective research students first review our current research described on Gales’ website, and then to email Dr. Gales to chat on possibilities and openings.

As of 2019/2020, our team is very interested in recruiting graduate students into Concrete, Timber and/or Steel based projects, or characterizing human behaviour in emergency conditions, interested people are encouraged to inquire!

When emailing, , prospective students should also compose a letter as text in their email (Pdf and/or doc files will not be opened unfortunately!) The email should include:

  • relevant skills and experience;
  • career goals;
  • and a note on your opinions on the topic of ‘Enhancing Inclusion and Diversity in engineering’.

Dr. Gales will reply if there is a fit!.

Due to the volume of emails our team receives, only short-listed candidates will be contacted afterwards and invited to submit their full CV.