Alessandro Palermo - People - Civil & Natural Resources Engineering Department - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Alessandro Palermo


Associate Professor


BSc, MSc, PhD, Politecnico di Milano
(Technical University of Milan)


Level 4, Civil/Mech Building, room E410

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 (internal: 8867)
Fax: +64 3 364 2758

Research and Publications

Please visit my research profile page for more extensive research information and a list of my recent publications.


Structural design, structural mechanics, reinforced and precast/prestressed structures, bridge engineering, seismic engineering.

For an insight into ENCI 213 (Design Studio 1 check out the video which was prepared.

Research Brief

  • Seismic design of bridges

  • Seismic design of jointed ductile self-centering systems

  • Dynamic behaviour of rigid bodies with particular emphasis to historical buildings

  • Modelling of the seismic behaviour of precast/prestressed and reinforced concrete connections and systems

  • Long term effects of composite steel-concrete, reinforced and/or prestressed concrete structures

  • Interaction of creep, shrinkage and temperature in concrete elements (seasonal thermal variations in prestressed bridges and external panels)

  • Flexural and shear behaviour of fibre reinforced and high performance concrete structures

  • Timber buildings and bridges

  • Serviceability, durability and maintenance of concrete bridges

Professional Affiliations, Activities and Achievements (last 5 years):

Member of:

  • Member of New Zealand Earthquake Engineering Society (NZEES), achieved 2005

  • Member of ANIDIS “Italian National Association of Earthquake Engineering”.


  • ASSOBETON (National Association Concrete Elements) award for the best thesis (1998-2000) on the italian prefabrication in concrete elements, (2nd classified)

  • ASSIMPREDIL (Association of Building Construction Companies) award for the best master thesis (“F.lli Pesenti School) during the academic year 1999

  • Best Paper Conference: “Advanced Flag-Shape Systems for High Seismic Performance including Near-fault Effects”, New Zealand Society Earthquake Engineering Conference, Palmerson North (New Zealand), March, 30th-April, 1st, 2007.

Reviewer for:

  • Journal of Earthquake Engineering

  • Engineering Structures