Dr Luciano Cardellicchio

Senior Lecturer in Architectural Construction
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Kent, United Kingdom
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Fire Engineering, Home Office, Italy

Qualifications: PhD in Architecture and Construction, MScEng, BScEngArch (Rome Tor Vergata)

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Luciano Cardellicchio is a researcher, building engineer and architectural designer. He completed his Practice-based PhD in Architecture and Construction at the University of Rome Tor Vergata at the age of 26. 

At UNSW, Luciano is Senior Lecturer in Architectural Construction. Luciano works extensively to bridge the gap between architectural design, structural and construction engineering both in teaching and research by pursuing cross-disciplinary teaching methods and pioneering research projects. His activities include teaching technology courses at Bachelor and Master level and research on building failures, construction history and circular economy applied to the built environment. He is a reviewer for prestigious academic journals such as 'Buildings' and 'Building Research and Information' and also a member of the Construction History Society (UK).

Before his appointment at UNSW, Luciano was Senior Lecturer in Technology and Environment at Kent School of Architecture and Planning in the UK. There he oversaw the Technology stream of the BA programme. In 2018, Luciano was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the project ‘Our Future Heritage’. This research focused on investigating the causes of premature decay of two contemporary structures in Rome designed respectively by award-winning architects Richard Meier and Zaha Hadid. 

While researching for his PhD, he lectured on and tutored in architectural design at the School of Engineering of 'Tor Vergata' University of Rome and coordinated many international summer school programmes. Luciano is an international assessor for the Research Evaluation System of the Russian Confederation (EURASIA) and the National Agency for Research Evaluation of the Italian Minister of Education and Research (ANVUR). In addition to his academic career, Luciano has practised extensively as an architectural designer and construction manager. He was Project Manager at Da Gai Architects and Senior Designer at Studio ArsenicoEVM in Rome, and Designer at Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Core Architects, both in Toronto, Canada. His accomplishments also include winning architectural competitions as Design Team Leader.

Research Activities: 

Luciano's research areas and interests are:

  • Ageing patterns and conservation issues of bespoke building systems in contemporary architecture;
  • Technical development and building process of non-standard buildings;
  • Circular Economy principles applied to office and educational buildings;
  • Construction History with a focus on the modern development of the construction industry in Italy and Australia.

  • European Regional Development Fund - 2018; Dismountable pilot houses for elderly people; Funder: Veneto Region; in collaboration with IUAV Institute (Venice); Capacity: Co-Investigator; Amount: €44,000.00; Duration 1 Year.
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship - 2018. Our Future Heritage: conservation issues of contemporary architecture in Rome; Funder: Leverhulme Trust; Capacity: PI; Amount: £55,000.00; Duration: 1 Year.
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship - 2008. Recording and implementing the design and building process of the new Hertziana Library in Rome; Funder: Max-Planck Institute for Art History and Tor Vergata University of Rome; Amount: €42,000.00; Duration 3 Years.
Teaching & Supervision: 
  • Convenor, lecturer and tutor of Integrated Building Design Case Studies (BEIL6009)
  • Convenor, lecturer and tutor of Architectural Fabrication (ARCH1331, BArch)
  • Convenor, lecturer and tutor of Structure and Construction 2 (ARCH1261, BArch)
  • Tutor of Integrated Design Studio (ARCH7161, MArch)
  • Tutor of Graduation Studio (ARCH7202, MArch)

  • Member of the Construction History Society (UK)
Supervision Area: 
  • Building defects
  • Construction history
  • Circular economy in the built environment
  • Building techniques
  • Building decision-making process

Cardellicchio L, 2015, La nuova bibliotheca Hertziana. L'architettura e la sua costruzione (The new Hertziana Library. The architectural proposal and its construction)

Book Chapters

Cardellicchio L, 2020, 'Sophisticated craftsmanship. The new Hertziana Library in Rome by Juan Navarro Baldeweg', in Paolo B; Claudia C; Vittorio G (ed.), Quando la storia incontra il progetto, Aracne, Ariccia, Rome, pp. 27 - 39,

Cardellicchio L, 2015, 'Edilizia (Building construction)', in Gregory T (ed.), Enciclopedia Italiana Giovanni Treccani - IX Appendix (Italian Encyclopedia), Enciclopedia Italiana, Rome, pp. 413 - 416,

Cardellicchio L, 2012, 'Architettura e assemblaggio. "La logica del dettaglio" nell'esperienza di Piombino. (Architecture and assemblage. The logic of the contruction detailing in the housing project in Piombino)', in De Matteis F; Todaro B (ed.), , pp. 416 - 427

Cardellicchio L, 2011, 'Il Cantiere della Nuvola (The construction of the 'Nuvola' congress centre)', in Andriani C (ed.), , Gangemi Editore, Rome, pp. 132 - 135

Cardellicchio L; Conforti C, 2010, 'Industria delle Construzioni (Construction Industry)', in Sacchi L (ed.), , Enciclopedia Treccani, pp. 327 - 335

Cardellicchio L, 2009, 'Ingranaggi Lapidei: la chiesa San Pio da Pietralcina di Renzo Piano. (Stone gears: the San Pio church by Renzo Piano)', in Stracchi P (ed.), , Aracne Editrice, Ariccia, pp. 69 - 73

Cardellicchio L, 2009, 'Cemento scenografico. I primi passi per la costruzione del Betile di Zaha Hadid. (Scenographic concrete. First steps towards the construction of the Betile museum by Zaha Hadid)', in Andriani C (ed.), , Gangemi Editore, Rome, pp. 148 - 151

Cardellicchio L, 2007, 'The Neighbourhood Laboratories', in Irace F (ed.), , Electa Mondadori, Milan, pp. 107 - 111

Cardellicchio L, 2006, 'Le Rotonde sul Mare: architetture tra l'utile e l'ozio. (The round terraces over the sea: architectures for pleasure)', in Conforti C (ed.), , Argos, Rome, pp. 186 - 217

Cardellicchio L, 2004, 'Alle origini dell'immaginario spaziale di Soleri: la fabbrica Solimene a Vietri sul Mare. (At the beginning of Soleri's narrative: the Solimene Ceramic Factory in Vietri sul Mare)', in Lima I (ed.), , Jaca Book, Milan, pp. 33 - 42

Journal articles

Cardellicchio L, 2020, 'Building defects in new iconic structures: the technical challenge and the economic impact of restoring the Jubilee Church in Rome', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, pp. 1 - 21,

Cardellicchio L, 2019, 'Self-cleaning and colour-preserving efficiency of photocatalytic concrete: case study of the Jubilee Church in Rome', Building Research and Information, pp. 1 - 20,

Cardellicchio L, 2018, 'On conservation issues of contemporary architecture: The technical design development and the ageing process of the Jubilee Church in Rome by Richard Meier', Frontiers of Architectural Research, vol. 7, pp. 107 - 121,

Cardellicchio L, 2017, 'History and genesis of a digital revolution', Domus, vol. 1015, pp. 29 - 36,

Cardellicchio L, 2017, 'Building organic architecture in Italy: The history of the construction of the Solimene Ceramics Factory by Paolo Soleri in Vietri sul mare (1952-1956)', Construction History, vol. 32, pp. 83 - 104

Cardellicchio L, 2016, 'The Whitney Museum of America Art', Industria delle costruzioni, vol. 447, pp. 36 - 49,

Cardellicchio L, 2012, 'Vestiti d’alta moda, ossature prêt-à-porter: trends strutturali per il grattacielo contemporaneo. (Haute Couture claddings, prêt-à-porter structures: new structural trends for contemporary skyscrapers)', Rassegna di Architettura e Urbanistica, vol. 137/138, pp. 59 - 68,

Cardellicchio L, 2009, 'Luce e Gravita', anteprima della nuova Bibliotheca Hertziana. (Light and gravity: the New Hertziana Library. A preview)', Progetti, vol. 9, pp. 18 - 20

Cardellicchio L, 2009, 'La Luce e la mano: Juan Navarro baldeweg e il progetto della Nuova Bibliotheca Hertziana. (The light and the hand: Juan Navarro Baldeweg and the project for the new Hertziana Library.)', EdA Esempi di Architettura, vol. 6, pp. 62 - 65

Cardellicchio L, 2008, 'Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Il Vulcano Buono. (RPBW: The good vulcano)', D'Architettura

Cardellicchio L, 2007, 'Metodo per un'archeologia contemporanea: la nuova Bibliotheca Hertziana. (Method for contemporary archaeology: the New Bibliotheca Hertziana)', D'Architettura, vol. 33, pp. 66 - 78

Cardellicchio L, 2006, 'Un ponte nel sottosuolo di Roma: la nuova Biblioteca Hertziana. (A new underground bridge in Rome: the new Hertziana Library)', Metamorfosi, vol. 59, pp. 30 - 35

Cardellicchio L, 2006, 'Frammenti di Architettura (Architectural Fragments)', D'Architettura, vol. 31, pp. 152 - 157

Cardellicchio L, 2004, 'Monumental hyper-flexibility: the restoration of the Centre Pompidou', D'Architettura, vol. 24, pp. 148 - 153

Conference Papers

Cardellicchio L, 2018, 'OUR FUTURE HERITAGE. AGEING PATTERNS OF CONTEMPORARY CONCRETE: THE CASE STUDY OF THE JUBILEE CHURCH BY RICHARD MEIER IN ROME', in Cassinello P (ed.), Architecture, engineering, concrete, Madrid, presented at International Conference on Construction Research, Madrid, 21 November 2018 - 23 November 2018

Cardellicchio L, 2018, 'The Italian engineering contribution in the technical development of the new Hertziana Library by Juan Navarro Baldeweg', in Campbell J (ed.), Studies in the History of Services and Construction: the Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of the Construction History Society, Cambridge Press, Cambridge, pp. 525 - 534, presented at 5th Conference of Contruction History, Cambridge, 06 April 2018,

Cardellicchio L, 2014, 'Pier Luigi Nervi vs Fazlur Khan: the developing of the outrigger system for skyscrapers', in Campbell J (ed.), First National Conference of the Construction History Society, Cambridge Press, Cambridge, presented at First National Conference of the Construction History Society, Cambridge, 11 April 2014 - 12 April 2014

Cardellicchio L, 2011, 'La Costruzione Contemporanea: architettura e costruzione nel complesso formale. (Contemporary constructions methods for complex geometries)', in Architectural Design Between Teaching and Research, POLIBAPRESS, Bari, pp. 1851 - 1863, presented at Italian Interuniversity Network of Architectural Design, Bari, 02 May 2011 - 05 May 2011

Conference Presentations

Cardellicchio L, 2013, 'A Method for Contemporary Archaeology: The New Hertziana Library by Juan Navarro Baldeweg', presented at Third Annual International Conference on Architecture - ATINER, Athens, 10 June 2013 - 13 June 2013,

Cardellicchio L; Conforti C, 'La fabbrica di ceramiche Solimene a Vietri: una migrazione autoriflessa', presented at Third International Summer Seminar “Migration”, Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln, 18 July 2002 - 19 July 2002

Cardellicchio L, 'The Italian Job’: The construction industry in Italy between standardisation and craft approach', presented at Industries of Architecture, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, 13 November 2014 - 15 November 2014

Designs / Architecture

Cardellicchio L; Gray D, 2017, Kent School of Architecture Roof Extension. A feasibility study with a high degree of flexibility and disassembly, Publication category: Designs / Architecture


Cardellicchio L, 2019, Book Review: Roma Aggrawal Costruire. Le storie nascoste dentro le architetture Bollati Boringhieri, 2019, Espazium, Lugano,