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Giorgio Marfella

Construction Management And Architecture
History of Technology
Modern Architecture
Tall Buildings
Building Materials
Building Envelopes
Construction History
Technology Transfer
tall buildings
construction history
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Giorgio Marfella

Architecture, Building And Planning
Primary Interest
120302 Design Innovation
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Giorgio Marfella


Dr Giorgio Marfella is graduate from the University of Florence (Italy) with a PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne. He joined the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in 2014, where he is appointed as a full-time member of the Faculty in the disciplines of Architecture and Construction.

He is the coordinator of core post-graduate subjects in Architectural and Construction Technology of the Master of Architecture, Master of Architectural Engineering, and Master of Construction Management at the Melbourne School of Design.

Before joining the University of Melbourne, Giorgio worked for more than a decade in architectural practice in residential, commercial, educational and institutional projects in Australia and overseas. He is a registered architect in Victoria, and as a practitioner, he developed a specialist profile in the design and delivery of facades working with several architectural companies including, among others, Bates Smart, Denton Corker Marshall and John Wardle Architects.

Giorgio is an international expert on the design, technology and history of tall buildings. In his doctorate thesis, he researched the techno-economic evolution of Melbourne's skyscrapers during the second half of the twentieth century, revealing how their built form was a by-product of entrepreneurial speculation, public interest, international design exchange and radical technological innovation. He is a research active academic and member of his Faculty's research centre ACAHUCH, where he contributes for his expertise in construction history. His research activities are concentrated on the techno-economic implications of tall buildings of the present, the cultural legacy of those from the past, the history of technology in architecture, and the processes of design innovation through the advancement of building products and materials.

As an academic with a background in professional practice, Giorgio is highly engaged with the architecture, engineering and construction industry, in Australia and overseas. He has a network of affiliations and collaborations which intersects several organisations, like the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV). Giorgio is the author of journal articles, conference papers and book chapters in the disciplines of architecture and construction. As a tall building and construction technology expert, he regularly participates as an invited speaker at industry conferences, seminars and public events, and he has contributed to public debates in the media through articles and interviews in newspapers, radio and television broadcasting, and film documentaries.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 24 most recent scholarly works by Giorgio Marfella.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


John Grice Award


Chartered Institute of Building Research Award


Melbourne School of Design Teaching Excellence Award





Construction Management And Architecture

Architecture, Building And Planning


Construction History Society (CHS)


Society for the History of Technology (SHot)

Academic Member Level 1

Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)

Academic Member

Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)

Academic Member

Australian Steel Institute (ASI)


Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV)

Academic / Expert Committee Member

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)


Doctorate Degree (Architecture)

University of Melbourne

Laurea in Architettura

University of Florence