Alper Kanyilmaz is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering of Politecnico di Milano in Italy. His research goal is to explore new structural systems and methods using steel, and contribute to the construction sector’s transition toward a digitalised and sustainable production of safe and elegant structures requiring less material and energy consumption. To know more about his activity, you can scroll over this website or surf to the following:

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His three research lines are constructed using both numerical and experimental methods, up to high TRL levels (e.g., pilot-scale):

He has been a principal investigator in several European research projects, cooperating with the steel construction industry, different disciplines, and worldwide research institutes. 


He transfers his research experience to the civil engineering and architecture students in terms of teaching, MSc and PhD thesis supervision. He is the instructor of two courses in 2021-2022:

Most of his teaching involves numerical simulation and experimentation in the classes, laboratories, and online, having Socrates in  mind: “Can it be, Ischomachus, that asking questions is teaching? I am just beginning to see what is behind all your questions. You lead me on by means of things I know, point to things that resemble them, and persuade me that I know things that I thought I had no knowledge of.” From Oeconomicus.


27 April 2022

Our MSc student Van Hoi Dang discussed successfully his thesis “Conceptual Design of Mass Timber Structures using Genetic Algorithms“. Full mark for him, grateful for his co-supervisor PhD candidate Aleksei Kondratenko, and thanks to Sustainability Director (Skanska) Tolga Tutar for the industry cooperation.

15 March 2022

Published article:

A genetic algorithm tool for conceptual structural design with cost and embodied carbon optimization, Alper Kanyilmaz, Patricia Raquel Navarro Tichell, Daniele Loiacono, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Volume 112, 2022, 104711, ISSN 0952-1976, In the article, we present the development and validation of a genetic algorithm tool based on Non-dominated Sorted Genetic Algorithm II (NSGA-II) that can be used to analyse a wide range of safe, economical and low-CO options for the conceptual design of buildings.

23 February 2022

EU-RFCS DISSIPABLE final workshop: Alper coordinated this 4 year research project composed of pilot-scale shaking table tests, hybrid numerical/ physical simulations, life cycle economic and environmental analysis of #earthquake-resistant & dissipative #steel structures: In this workshop, the results will be presented to the worlwide engineering community, putting “#sustainability” on the table of seismic design.

Workshop brochure

24 January 2022

Role of metal 3D printing to increase quality and resource-efficiency in the construction sector” is published in Additive Manufacturing journal: It is an opinion article discussing how metal 3D printing can help us make the construction industry better by reducing its lead times, embodied CO2 emissions and costs. It is co-authored by the experts from the industry and academics located in Europe, the US, Japan, South Africa (structural engineering, architecture, mechanical engineering, steel manufacturing,  metallurgy, and  standardization disciplines are involved!).

26 October 2021

The MSc thesis of Aleksei Kondratenko resulted in an elegant journal article (4 rounds of review in Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering). It is about Automated warehouses, which keep the goods arriving us from Amazon and more. Massive racking structures, reaching 40 m height + 100 m in plan, using often cold formed steel. You can read it here (open access):

22 July 2021

Our MSc student Muyao Li discussed successfully his thesis

27 May 2021

The results of the foto-contest I organized for my 2nd year BSc Architecture students are published

Made with Padlet

25 March 2021 11:30 CET

Speaker in AI in AEC conference: “A multi-criteria conceptual design method using genetic algorithms to optimize structures’ cost and environmental impacts”

I will present our recent research, where we developed an AI-based computer-assisted design tool to assist structural engineers in the decision-making process of building design. The tool is constructed upon Non-dominated Sorted Genetic Algorithm II (NSGA ii) using Python and aims to optimize structures’ cost and environmental impacts. You can register here. First few slides of my talk on right:

03 March 2021

New article: Resource‐efficient joint fabrication by welding metal 3D‐printed parts to conventional steel: A structural integrity study: Together with Filippo Berto (Chair of Mechanics of Materials, Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue, NTNU Norway) and Martina Chierici (PhD candidate, Politecnico di Milano), we presented a ‘hybrid’ manufacturing approach to weld optimized 3d-printed nodes to conventional steel elements.

18 February 2021, 12:00 CET

Online lecture: i3Dc | 3D printing: Challenges and Opportunities in Construction: In the event organized by Instituto da Construção of Porto (Portugal), I will talk about robotic steel construction, and discuss the potentials of the laser-cutting and metal 3D printing techniques in reaching resource-efficient and elegant construction products.

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