Dr. Andreas Kappos

Dr. Andreas Kappos

Professor & Director of the Laboratory of Structures, Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering

Address: P.O. Box: 127788 (Abu Dhabi)

Telephone: +971 (02) 810 9141

Fax: +971 (02) 447 2442

Email: andreas.kappos@ku.ac.ae


Andreas Kappos is a world-leading researcher and consultant in the field of Structural Engineering, in particular Bridges and Seismic Design of Structures. He has long been working in this field on topics like analysis procedures for structures (reinforced concrete and masonry buildings, and bridges)  subjected to earthquake loading, and developed several methods and models for seismic assessment (both deterministic and probabilistic) of these structures, as well as design procedures based on the use of modern analysis tools. He was also involved in experimental work on the behaviour of reinforced concrete members subjected to cyclic loading, with emphasis on structural walls with special types of reinforcement and/or retrofitted using fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs) and, more recently steel-reinforced polymers (SRPs). He developed new approaches for the assessment of the seismic vulnerability of existing structures and the associated losses and was involved in several projects on seismic risk assessment and earthquake scenarios for European cities and other structural engineering issues. He is the author or co-author of three books in English, and another two in Greek, edited three collective work volumes, and has contributed several chapters to books edited by others. He has published extensively in the field of Earthquake Structural Engineering and related fields (over 300 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings), and his work was recognised internationally (over 2000 citations in Scopus h-index=30, over 5000 citations in Google Scholar, h-index 42).


Prior to joining Khalifa University, he held a dual appointment at City, University of London and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. At City University he founded and led the Research Centre for Civil Engineering Structures, while in Thessaloniki he was Head of the Structures Section from 2008 to 2010. He has first joined the Department as a lecturer in 1988, after having completed his PhD studies in 1986. In 1983-1984 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Univ. of California, Berkeley. From 1995 to 1999 he worked at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London (UK), first as a lecturer and later as a Reader of Earthquake Structural Engineering.


In addition to his academic activities, he has been involved in several consultancies on topics like the seismic design of bridges and buildings, the assessment and retrofit of damaged structures, and various aspects of use of concrete in bridges, tunnels, and other civil engineering works.


Andreas Kappos is the Secretary General of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) since 2010 and the Coordinator of the EAEE Working Group on Bridges since 2004. He has also served as a member of a number of scientific committees dealing with seismic design and assessment (he recently led the Project Team that drafted Eurocode 8 Part 3).

  • PhD (cum laude) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1986)
  • MSc in Advanced Structural Engineering, University of Southampton, UK (1981)
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering (5-year programme), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1978)
  • Reinforced concrete structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Design of buildings
  • Design of bridges
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Nonlinear analysis methods
  • Analysis and design of reinforced concrete (R/C) structures (buildings, bridges, etc.)
  • Experimental study of R/C members
  • Repair and strengthening of R/C members
  • Vulnerability and risk assessment of structures
  • Analysis and design of load-bearing masonry and masonry infills
  • Seismic isolation and damping systems
  • Kappos, A.J., Panagopoulos, G., and Penelis, Gr. “Development of a seismic damage and loss scenario for contemporary and historical buildings in Thessaloniki”, Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering, V. 28, no. 10-11, 2008, 836 – 850 [49 citations in Scopus] [1]
  • Kappos, A.J., and Dimitrakopoulos, E.G., “Feasibility of pre-earthquake strengthening of buildings based on cost-benefit and life-cycle cost analysis, with the aid of fragility curves”, Natural Hazards, V. 45, no. 1, 2008, 33-54. [40 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A.J. and Panagopoulos, G. “Fragility curves for R/C buildings in Greece”, Structure & Infrastructure Engineering, V. 6, no. 1, 2010, 39 – 53. [29 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A. J. and Stefanidou, S. “A deformation-based seismic design method for 3D R/C irregular buildings using inelastic dynamic analysis”, of Earthquake Engineering, V. 8, no. 4, 2010, 875-895 [13 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A.J., Saiidi, M., Aydinoglu, N. and Isakovic, T. (editors), “Seismic Design and Assessment of Bridges: Inelastic Methods of Analysis and Case Studies”, Springer, Dordrecht, 2012 [13 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A.J., Gkatzogias, K.I., and Gidaris, I. “Extension of direct displacement-based design methodology for bridges to account for higher mode effects”, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, V. 42, no.4, Apr. 2013, 581–602 [13 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A.J., G.K. Panagopoulos, A.G. Sextos, V.K. Papanikolaou, K.C. Stylianidis “Development of Comprehensive Earthquake Loss Scenarios for a Greek and a Turkish City – Structural Aspects”, Earthquakes & Structures, V. 1, no. 2, 2010, 197-214 [12 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A.J. and Antoniades, P., “Evaluation and suggestions for improvement of seismic design procedures for R/C walls in dual systems”, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, V. 40, no. 1, 2011, 35–53 [8 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A.J., Gidaris, I. and Gkatzogias, K.I. “Problems associated with direct displacement-based design of concrete bridges with single-column piers, and some suggested improvements”, of Earthquake Engineering, V. 10, no. 4, Aug. 2012, 1237-1266 [6 citations in Scopus]
  • Kappos, A.J., Paraskeva, T.S, and Moschonas, I.F. “Response modification factors for concrete bridges in Europe”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, V. 18, no. 12, Dec. 2013, 1328-1335 [3 citations in Scopus]


Excluding all self-citations; the most highly cited papers by Kappos are found here