Sixth Edition 2017-2018
Paolo Tombesi is Professor of Construction and Architecture in the School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at the EPF Lausanne, where he is Director of the Institute of Architecture and the City. He trained as an architect in Italy, receiving a BArch from the University of Rome La Sapienza (1990). A former Fulbright Fellow, he has a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles (1997). He joined the University of Melbourne in 1997 and was appointed to the Chair in Construction in 2009. Paolo Tombesi has a long-nurtured interest in the relationship between the intellectual dimension of building and the socio-technical aspects of its physical construction. An international authority on the industrial organisation of architectural practice and the analysis of the building procurement process, he employs industrial economics, labour theory and regional development models to examine the relationship between design, technological innovation, knowledge production and building markets.