Dr Alberto Pugnale is an Architect and Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design at the ‘Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning’ of the University of Melbourne. He is the Academic Convenor of the Hallmark Research Initiative (HRI) on Bioinspiration, and the Pathway Coordinator of the Architecture Major - Bachelor of Design.
In 2003, he graduated in “Architecture Sciences” (Bachelor level) at Politecnico di Torino. In 2006 he graduated with Honours in “Architecture and Construction” (Master of Science level) at the same university, and in 2010 he got a PhD in “Architecture and Building Design”.
In 2007, he won the IASS HANGAI Prize, an international contest of research papers that are related to the field of shell and spatial structures for young researchers under 30. In 2008 he won a research scholarship granted by the ISI Foundation, Lagrange Project (Turin, Italy), related to the study of complex architectural and structural bodies. During the same year, he won the 3rd prize at the IABSE Photo Contest of Structures, an international competition of photos that exhibit the achievement/art of structural engineering, with the picture of the ‘Jorge Manrique’ footbridge, in Murcia, Spain. From 2010 to 2012 he was Assistant Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has been teaching as invited lecturer in Italy, France and China.
At present, he is member of the ‘International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures’ (IASS), of the ‘Architecture Science Association’ (ASA) and of the ‘Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand’ (SAHANZ). He is also reviewer of international journals and is member of the Editorial Board of the Nexus Network Journal and the International Journal of Space Structures.
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Integrating Form, Structure And Acoustics: A Computational Reinterpretation Of Frei Otto's..
The Airshell prototype: a timber gridshell erected through a pneumatic formwork
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Integrating Form, Structure And Acoustics: A Computational Reinterpretation Of Frei Otto's Design Method And Vision
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
In several of Frei Otto’s early membrane structures, acoustics was a rather relevant design aspect that could not be controlled th..
Building timber gridshells with air: Numerical simulations and technique challenges
A Liuti, A PUGNALE, B D'Amico
Conference Proceedings | 2016 | Structures and Architecture - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016
Construction has always been a fascinating and challenging aspect of timber gridshells. So far, only three techniques have success..
Dante Bini’s ‘New Architectural Formulae’: Construction, Collapse and Demolition of Binishells in Australia 1974-2015
A PUGNALE, A Bologna
Conference Proceedings | 2015 | Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change
The Italian architect Dante Bini began his studies on shell structures during the 1960s. He developed and refined a form-finding a..
Computational Morphogenesis Applied to the Church of Longuelo: Reflections Upon a Possible Parametric Interpretation of the Original Design Concepts
A Liuti, A Pugnale
Conference Proceedings | 2014
Before the introduction of NURBS-based CAD software and optimisation, the design of form-resistant structures was based on the use..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
International competition of photos that exhibit the achievement/art of structural engineering, published on "Structural Engineering International"
Evolutionary techniques in architectural and structural complex organisms design and optimization (2 years)
International contest of research papers that are related to the field of shell and spatial structures for young researchers under 30
Architecture, Building And Planning
Academic Convenor Hallmark Research Initiative
International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS)
PhD in Architecture and Building Design
Politecnico di Torino
Master of Science in Architecture (Construction), Honours
Politecnico di Torino
Bachelor in Architecture Sciences
Politecnico di Torino