Francesco is an Associate Professor in High Performance Architecture at the Faculty of Built Environment of the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining UNSW BE he held appointments at The University of Sydney, in the Architectural Science discipline, and at Politecnico di Bari (Italy), in the Architectural Engineering program. His main research expertise is in facade engineering and design. In recent years his research has focused on the development of technologies and systems for kinetic facades. In particular, Francesco aims to explore the use of smart materials (shape memory alloys, phase-change materials, and chromogenic materials) in order to create self-adaptive building components. Reduction of building energy demand and increase of indoor comfort are the final goals.
Francesco is currently the Australian representative in the European COST Action on “Adaptive Facades Network” and has been involved as Chief Investigator in several research projects in Australia and overseas. He is currently CI of the ARC-funded Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing.
Teaching and Research Project Supervision
ARCH1331 Architectural Fabrication (Bachelor of Architectural Studies)
ARCH7809 Architectural Environment and Building Services (Master of Architecture)
ARCH7213 High Performance Building Systems (Master of Architecture)
Francesco's current research activities are oriented to:
- The development of technologies and systems for smart kinetic facades
- Integrated thermal and visual comfort analyses of advanced facade systems
- The implementation of smart materials (photovoltachromics, phase-change materials, electro-active polymers) to building envelope
- Integration within the building envelope of active systems for the conversion of energy from renewable sources
A – Scholarly Books and Thesis Dissertations
F. Fiorito (2009). Building Envelope and Energy Savings. Design solutions and technologies (in Italian: Involucro Edilizio e risparmio energetico. Soluzioni progettuali e tecnologie). Dario Flaccovio Editore, Palermo (Italy). ISBN 978-88-7758-863-0.
F. Fiorito (2006). Natural light control strategies. Technologies and innovation (in Italian: Il controllo della luce naturale. Tecnologia ed Innovazione). PhD dissertation.
F. Fiorito (2001). Building facade between energy and technology (in Italian: La parete tra tecnologia ed energia). MEng Honours dissertation.
B - Scholarly book chapters
F. Iannone, F. Fiorito (2006). Staircase and building’s natural ventilation. A performance-based approach using numerical methods (In Italian: Il vano scala nei sistemi di ventilazione naturale degli edifici. Un approccio progettuale prestazionale mediante metodi numerici). On the book “Intervenire sul patrimonio edilizio: cultura e tecnica” by F. Astrua, C. Caldera, F. Polverino, Celid, Torino (Italy). ISBN 88-7661-718-3.
P. Pastore, F. Fiorito (2005). Performance-based analysis of double skin façades in Mediterranean climate (In Italian: Valutazione prestazionale delle facciate a doppia pelle in clima mediterraneo) on the book “La ricerca universitaria sul costruire sostenibile. Studi recenti nell’Università italiana” by I. Garofolo, EdicomEdizioni, Monfalcone (Gorizia - Italy). ISBN 88-86729-55-3.
G. Fuzio, F. Fiorito (2003). Building envelope between technology and energy: photovoltaic façade integrated in a building of the Technical University of Bari (In Italian: La parete tra tecnologia ed energia: facciate fotovoltaiche per il Politecnico di Bari). On the book “Sostenibilità nelle costruzioni – Lo stato della ricerca nell’università italiana” by I. Garofolo, EdicomEdizioni, Monfalcone (Gorizia - Italy). ISBN 88-86729-37-5.
C - Refereed and invited journal articles
A. Cannavale, P. Cossari, G.E. Eperon, S. Colella, F. Fiorito, G. Gigli, H. Snaith, A. Listorti (2016). Forthcoming Perspectives of Photoelectrochromic Devices: A critical review. Energy & Environmental Science, Royal Society of Chemistry, ISSN 1754-5692. DOI: 10.1039/C6EE01514J.
F. Favoino, F. Fiorito, A. Cannavale, G. Ranzi, M. Overend (2016). Optimal control and performance of photovoltachromic switchable glazing for building integration in temperate climates. Applied Energy 178:943-961, Elsevier, ISSN 0306-2619. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.06.107.
A. Faheem, G. Ranzi, F. Fiorito, C. Lei (2016). A numerical study on the thermal performance of night ventilated hollow core slabs cast with micro-encapsulated PCM concrete. Energy and Buildings 127: 892-906, Elsevier, ISSN 0378-7788. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.06.014.
A. Faheem, G. Ranzi, F. Fiorito, C. Lei (2016). A numerical procedure for modelling the thermal performance of ventilated hollow core slabs. Published in the vol 846 “Advances of Computational Mechanics in Australia” edited by Y. Gu, H. Guan, E. Sauret, S. Saha, H. Zhan, R. Persky of Applied Mechanics and Materials, ISBN 1660-9336.
F. Fiorito, M. Sauchelli, D. Arroyo, M. Pesenti, M. Imperadori, G. Masera, G. Ranzi (2016). Shape Morphing Solar Shadings: a review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 55: 863-884, Elsevier, ISSN 1364-0321. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.10.086.
A. Faheem, G. Ranzi, F. Fiorito, C. Lei (2016). A numerical study of turbulent mixed convection in a smooth horizontal pipe. Journal of Heat Transfer 138(1): 012501 1-11, ASME, ISSN 0022-1481. DOI: 10.1115/1.4031112.
M. Pesenti, G. Masera, F. Fiorito (2015). Shaping an Origami shading device through visual and thermal simulation. Energy Procedia 78: 346-351, Elsevier, ISSN 1876-6102. DOI:10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.663.
M. Pesenti, G. Masera, F. Fiorito, M. Sauchelli (2015). Kinetic solar skin: a responsive folding technique. Energy Procedia 70: 661-672, Elsevier, ISSN 1876-6102. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.02.174.
J. González, F. Fiorito (2015). Daylight Design of Office Buildings: Optimisation of External Solar Shadings by Using Combined Simulation Methods. Buildings 5(2):560-580, MDPI, ISSN 2075-5309, DOI:10.3390/buildings520560.
F. Fiorito (2015). Adaptive Envelopes: new opportunities for buildings (Involucri adattivi: nuove opportunità per edifici). Arketipo 91: 112-115, Tecniche Nuove, ISSN 1828-4450 (bilingual English and Italian).
F. Fiorito (2014). Phase-change materials for indoor comfort improvement in lightweight buildings. A parametric analysis for Australian Climates. Energy Procedia 57: 2014-2022, Elsevier, ISSN 1876-6102, DOI:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.066.
A. Cannavale, F. Fiorito, D. Resta, G. Gigli (2013). Visual comfort assessment of smart photovoltachromic windows. Energy and Buildings 65: 137-145, Elsevier, ISSN 0378-7788, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.06.019.
G. Lobaccaro, F. Fiorito, G. Masera, T. Poli (2012). District geometry simulation: a study for the optimization of solar facades in urban canopy layers. Energy Procedia 30:1163-1172, Elsevier, ISSN 1876-6102, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2012.11.129.
F. Fiorito (2012). Trombe Walls for lightweight buildings in temperate and hot climates. Exploring the use of phase-change materials for performances improvement. Energy Procedia 30:1110-1119, Elsevier, ISSN 1876-6102, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2012.11.124.
A. Cannavale, F. Fiorito, G. Gigli (2011). Nanotechnologies and nano-devices. Opportunities for smart envelopes and energy efficiency in buildings (In Italian: Nanotecnologie e nanodispositivi. Opportunità per involucri edilizi intelligenti ed efficienza energetica in edilizia). L’ingegnere: edilizia, ambiente, territorio. 39-40/2011 pages: 52-54. Mancosu Editore (Roma). ISSN 1826-0535.
A. Cannavale, F. Fiorito, M. Manca, G. Tortorici, R. Cingolani, G. Gigli (2010). Multifunctional bioinspired sol-gel coatings for architectural glasses. Building and Environment 45:1233-1243, Elsevier, ISSN 0360-1323, DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.11.010.
D – Conference proceedings
T. Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, F. Fiorito (2016). Optimization of windows’ design in residential buildings. Use of the overall Life Cycle Energy (LCE) indicator. 4th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2016), Singapore, 24-25 April 2016. DOI: 10.5176/2301-394X_ACE16.17.
Z. Zhao, G. Verbic, F. Fiorito (2015). Model Analysis of a Residential Building for Demand Response. Proceedings of the International Conference “PowerTech 2015”. June 29 – July 2, 2015, Eindhoven (NL). DOI: 10.1109/PTC.2015.7232534.
Z. Zhao, G. Verbic, F. Fiorito (2014). Investigating Thermal Inertia in Lightweight Buildings for Demand Response. The Australasian University Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC). September 28 – October 1, 2014, Curtin University, Perth (Australia). DOI: 10.1109/AUPEC.2014.6966612.
M. Sauchelli, G. Lobaccaro, G. Masera, F. Fiorito (2013). Smart Solutions for Solar Adaptive Facades. Preliminary studies for an innovative shading device. IAHS XXXIX World Congress on Housing. September 17-20, 2013, Milan (Italy).
M. Alulayet, K. Panuwatwanich, R. Hyde, F. Fiorito (2012). The evolution of a framework for Building Environmental Assessment (BEA) for green buildings in Saudi Arabia. Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association - Building on Knowledge: Theory and Practice. 14th - 16th November 2012, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus (QLD – Australia). ISBN: 9780646591698.
G. Lobaccaro, F. Fiorito, G. Masera, D. Prasad (2012). Urban solar district: a case study of geometric optimization of solar facades for a residential building in Milan. Proceedings of International Conference “Solar 2012” held by Australian Solar Energy Society in Melbourne on December 6th and 7th 2012. ISBN: 978-0-646-90071-1.
F. Fiorito (2006). Innovative technologies for the control of solar radiation in Mediterranean Areas: analysis of solutions for transparent envelopes. Proceeding of International conference “Eurosun 2006”, June 27-30 2006, Glasgow (United Kingdom). ISBN 0-904963-73-1.
G.R. Dell’Osso, F. Fiorito, F. Iannone (2006). Roof components and building integration of photovoltaic systems for indoor comfort control. The case of study of villa Romanazzi-Carducci in Putignano (In Italian: Componenti di copertura e integrazione del fotovoltaico per il controllo del comfort. Il caso di studio di villa Romanazzi-Carducci in Putignano (BA) ). Proceeding of the conference “Architettura e Tecnica delle coperture. Storia, tecnologia e progetti dal sistema ai temi generali dell’involucro”, march 10-11 2006, Ancona (Italy). ISBN 88-7143-266-5.
F. Fiorito, G. Fuzio (2006). Technology and innovation of the control of solar radiation in Mediterranean climate. Analysis of technical solutions for transparent building envelopes (In Italian: Tecnologia ed innovazione del controllo della radiazione solare in area mediterranea. Analisi di soluzioni per l’involucro trasparente). Proceeding of the conference “Architettura e Tecnica delle coperture. Storia, tecnologia e progetti dal sistema ai temi generali dell’involucro”, march 10-11 2006, Ancona (Italy). ISBN 88-7143-266-5.
F. Iannone, F. Fiorito (2005). Use of the stairwell as a component of natural ventilation systems in residential buildings. Comparison of technologies for the external envelope. Proceedings of “26th AIVC Conference – Ventilation in relation to the Energy Performance of Buildings”, Brussels (Belgium). ISBN 2-9600355-8-5.
F. Fiorito, P. Pastore (2005). Performances of double-skin envelopes in Mediterranean Areas. Proceedings of “Third International Conference on Construction in XXI century - Advancing Engineering, Management and Technology”, September 15-17 2005, Athens (Greece). ISBN 960-254-655-7.
F. Fiorito, G. Fuzio (2004). Innovative envelopes for solar radiation control (In Italian: Involucri innovativi per il controllo della radiazione solare). Proceedings of the first congress of Ar.Tec.: “Intersezioni e mutazioni nei rapporti tra Architettura e Tecnica, December 3-4 2004, Roma (Italy). ISBN 88-6026-035-3 (CD-ROM).
F. Fiorito, G. Fuzio (2004). Smart materials for the control of natural light. Proceedings of XXXII IAHS world congress: “Sustainability of the housing projects”, September 21-25 2004, Trento (Italy). ISBN 88-8443-070-4 (abstract book) – 88-8443-071-2 (CD-ROM).
F. Fiorito, G. Fuzio (2004). Building envelope: evolution of design and manufacturing (In Italian: L’involucro edilizio: evoluzione della progettazione e del processo realizzativo). Proceedings of the conference “L’involucro Edilizio”, 24 aprile 2004, Bari (Italy), published on www.edilportale.com.
F. Fiorito, F. Palmisano, A. Vitone, C. Vitone (2004). On the interventions for the enhancement of structural safety of r.c. columns in existing buildings (In Italian: Interventi di miglioramento della affidabilità di pilastri in c.a. di edifici esistenti). Proceedings of the conference “Giornate A.I.C.A.P. 2004”, 2004. ISBN 88-555-2754-1.
F. Fiorito, F. Palmisano, A. Vitone, C. Vitone (2004). Strategies for the enhancement of structural safety of existing buildings. An exemplary case of study (In Italian: Strategie per il miglioramento della sicurezza strutturale di edifici esistenti. Un caso esemplare di applicazione). Proceedings of the conference “Giornate A.I.C.A.P. 2004”, 2004. ISBN 88-555-2754-1.
2015-2019 CI Mendis, CI Ngo, CI Rasmussen, CI Ranzi, CI Aitchinson, CI Newman, CI Hao, CI Zhao, CI Manzie, CI Qiao, CI Aye, CI Duffield, CI Singh, CI Bai, CI Crawford, CI Noguchi, CI Fiorito, PI Alfano, PI Colquhoun, PI Liaskos, PI Crough, PI Pidcock, PI Miletic, PI Perren, PI Kirk, PI Zendler. Proposal for IC150100023: ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing. ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre.
2014-2016 CI K. Rasmussen, CI G. Ranzi, CI D. Dias da Costa, CI A. Abbas, CI M. Valix, CI F. Fiorito, CI C. Logan. Research contract with the Sydney Opera House Trust on “Sydney Opera House Concrete Conservation Strategy Project".
2014-2015 CI G. Ranzi, PI F. Fiorito. University of Sydney Commercial Development & Industry Partnership (CDIP) fund: Prototyping a self-adaptive shading device activated by smart materials actuators.
2014-2015 CI F. Fiorito, PI G. Masera, PI M. Overend. University of Sydney International Program Development Fund (IPDF): International Network for High Performance Smart Kinetic Facades.
2013-2015 CI G. Ranzi, PI F. Fiorito, PI R. de Dear. Civil Engineering Development Scheme (CERDS): smart materials for dynamically activated building components: an integrated structural and indoor comfort based approach.
2011-2012 CI Di Gregorio, CI Fiorito. BMG - biomimetic microwind generator, innovative device for wind microgeneration in urban areas. Apulia Regional Government Research Grant (Italy), the funding programme "Principi Attivi - Giovani idee per una Puglia migliore".
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
Member of the Chartered Institute of Engineers of the province of Bari (IT) since 2002. Membership number 6530, section A (equivalent to Certified Professional Engineer), sectors: Civil and Environmental, Industrial, Information Technologies
Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) since 2004.
Member of Ar.Tec. (Italian Architectural Engineering scientific association)
Professional Practice and Consulting
Chartered Professional Engineer (Italy), with expertise in facade and structural engineering, design and site management of civil and industrial buildings, design and site management of refurbishment and restoration interventions of existing and historic buildings, design and site management of renewable energy plants, building technologies, solar integration in building design.
Selection of completed works:
- (2010-2011) Consultancy activity for the structural executive design of a pedestrian overpass of the national road n. 96 in the municipality of Altamura (Bari – IT).
- (2010-2011) Schematic Design of a building integrated 4 MWp PV plant on the roofs of “Interporto d’Abruzzo” in Manoppello (Pescara – Italy). Responsible of the building integration of PV plant.
- (2009–2011) Feasibility study for a new residential and commercial complex in the town of Domnesti (Bucharest – Romania). Co-designer in charge with particular regards to identification of strategies for reducing energy and environmental impact of the intervention and to the energy independence of the complex, through adoption of innovative solar technologies.
- (2009–2011) Construction Design and site management of civil and structural works related to the installation of PowerWind Wind Turbines in the south regions of Italy (Apulia and Basilicata).
- (2009) Consultancy for building integration of a PV plant on the roofs of “Pilkington Automotive” factory in San Salvo (Chieti – Italy). Responsible of the building integration of the PV plant.
- (2006-2008) Schematic Design, Construction Design and site management of a new industrial building inside the industrial factory for timber trade and processing “Frezza Legnami s.p.a.” in Bari (Italy). Study of strategies for the energy independence through the installation of a 214 kWp building integrated PV plant.
- (2004-2005) International Design Competition in two phases “New Cinema Palace in Venice and surrounding areas”. Component of design team (team leader Oriol Bohigas). Finalist project.
- (2002-2003) Collaboration to the project of static reinforcement, restoration and functional recovery of “Teatro Petruzzelli” in Bari (Italy).