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Trained as an architect in Italy, Paolo Tombesi is associate professor in architectural design and practice and the associate dean for research at the University of Melbourne, and an Italian Government research fellow at the Polytechnic of Turin. A leading authority on the industrial organisation of architectural practice and the analysis of the building design process, he employs industrial economics, labour theory and regional development models to examine the relationship between design, technological innovation, knowledge production and professional markets.
A former Fulbright Fellow, he has a PhD on the division of labour in architectural practice from the University of California at Los Angeles. Over the last few years, he has been investigating professional transformations in Australasia, and the effects of technological globalisation and international trade agreements on architectural practice and education. He is currently in receipt of several government grants in Australia and Europe for research projects that span from the future of digital outsourcing in architecture to the analysis of the innovation potential of large public buildings.
Since the mid 1980s, he has contributed to some of the world’s leading architectural and building periodicals. For several years he has been the Los Angeles correspondent for Casabella and a board member of the Journal of Architectural Education. He is currently on the editorial boards of Construction Management and Economics and UME. His writings have also appeared in Architectural Research Quarterly, arcCA, Architecture Australia, Art China, Building Research and Information, Cartas Urbanas, Center, Costruire, Domus, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Architecture, Harvard Design Magazine, and Spazio & Societá.
In 2004 and 2006, he lectured at Harvard and Yale. In 2005, he was one of the three recipients of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Sisalation Prize. The resulting book, Looking Ahead: Defining the Terms of a Sustainable Architectural Profession, was launched in February 2007 and is available at the Conference.