Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

About Giorgio Marfella

Giorgio is a Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, where he coordinates three core post-graduate subjects in Architectural and Construction Technology at the Melbourne School of Design. Trained as an architect at the University of Florence, Italy, he is a registered architect in Australia, and holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne.

Before joining the University of Melbourne as a full-time academic, Giorgio has accrued more than a decade of professional experience as an architect in residential, commercial, educational and institutional projects at different scales in Australia and overseas. As an architectural practitioner, he has collaborated full-time with several architectural design firms, including, among others, the Melbourne-based firms of Bates Smart and Denton Corker…


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About Giorgio Marfella

Giorgio is a Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, where he coordinates three core post-graduate subjects in Architectural and Construction Technology at the Melbourne School of Design. Trained as an architect at the University of Florence, Italy, he is a registered architect in Australia, and holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne.

Before joining the University of Melbourne as a full-time academic, Giorgio has accrued more than a decade of professional experience as an architect in residential, commercial, educational and institutional projects at different scales in Australia and overseas. As an architectural practitioner, he has collaborated full-time with several architectural design firms, including, among others, the Melbourne-based firms of Bates Smart and Denton Corker Marshall, where he developed a specialist profile in high-rise and in the design and delivery of building envelopes. Giorgio is a research active academic who is highly engaged with the Australian and international network of the CTBUH and more in general with the commercial architecture, engineering and construction industry. He has written articles, papers and book chapters about tall buildings from the disciplinary perspectives of architecture, construction and building regulations. As a tall building and construction technology expert of the University of Melbourne, he has contributed several times on building industry-related debates in the media.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Regional Committee, Melbourne (2018 – Present)
  • Expert Peer Review Committee (2014 – Present)
  • Tall Building Academic & Teaching Committee (2018 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (China 2016; Australia 2017)
  • Annual Conference, Session Chair (Australia 2017)
  • International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel (2014)

Events/Initiatives Involving Giorgio Marfella

Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne

6-10 Mar 2017, Event Report – CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build…

Events/Initiatives Involving Giorgio Marfella

Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build support for the 2017 conference through meetings and lectures.

Giorgio Marfella Related Resources

CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Melbourne Session 1: Melbourne: World's Most Livable City Q&A

2 Nov 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH; Larry Parsons, Ethos Urban; Jonathan Spear, Infrastructure Victoria; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne

Past Forward: How Australian Vertical Urbanism Can Learn from its Tall Building Heritage

31 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne

CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 7A: Tall Buildings and Contextual Issues Q&A

31 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Chair: Hana Kassem, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Amin Hamzavian, AvLaw Pty; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne; Ian Briggs & Jaimin Atkins, Plus Architecture

The Post-Miesian Office Tower and the Global Issue of Its Interpretation

Jul 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 2
Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne

The Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne: From Hyper-Density to the Uplift Principle

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Giorgio Marfella, The University of Melbourne

The Logic of Rapid Extrusion Produces the “Jumping” Phoenix

Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II
Giorgio Marfella, Steven Richardson & Paulo Vaz-Serra, The University of Melbourne

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Giorgio Marfella Related Papers/Research

The Post-Miesian Office Tower and the Global Issue of Its Interpretation
Jul 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 2; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne
The skylines of many cities worldwide are still defined by the dominant and ubiquitous office blocks of the twentieth century. While there is consensus stating that future tall building typologies should depart substantially from these past models,…
The Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne: From Hyper-Density to the Uplift Principle
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Giorgio Marfella, The University of Melbourne
Melbourne is theater to an ongoing skyscraper boom. Considering the recent projects completed, under construction, approved, or under proposal, the outlook of high-rise activity in the central business district and Southbank seems to be indicative of…
The Logic of Rapid Extrusion Produces the “Jumping” Phoenix
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Giorgio Marfella, Steven Richardson & Paulo Vaz-Serra, The University of Melbourne
In inner cities worldwide, there is limited availability of large land parcels apt for high-rise development. Yet, given the seemingly global trend of “superslim” architecture, this limitation does not preclude building skyscrapers on smaller sites…
Interactions Between Residential and Office Towers in Melbourne
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne
Cities interact with commercial real estate forces using spatial and construction models which may become more or less viable with time. Melbourne is an interesting case-study to understand this connection: the Central Business District (CBD) is…