Keynote Speakers

Trained as an architect in Italy, Paolo Tombesi holds the Chair in Construction at the University of Melbourne. Between 2005-09, he was an Italian Government Research Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin as part of ‘Rientro Cervelli’, a national program designed to build new research capacity in the country. The overarching concern of his work is the relationship between the intellectual dimension of architecture and the socio-technical aspects of its physical construction. An international authority on the organization of architectural practice and the analysis of the building design process, he employs industrial economics, labour theory and regional development models to examine the relationship between design, built quality, technological innovation and construction markets. A former Fulbright Fellow, he has a PhD on the division of labor in architecture from UCLA. Over the last few years, he has been investigating professional transformations in Australasia, and the effects of technological globalization and international trade agreements on construction, architectural practice and education. He performs refereeing roles for several national research councils and, since 2004, has secured multiple competitive research grants for projects that span from the future of digital outsourcing in construction to the analysis of the innovation potential of iconic public buildings. In 2007 and 2010 he was appointed as built environment expert to the research assessment initiatives of the Australian Federal Government. 

Keynote and Reception / Thursday / 11.10.11 / 6:00pm-8:30pm


Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972.  Mr. Mayne is also co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Distinguished Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.  He was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010, appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and honored with the American Institute of Architects /Los Angeles Gold Medal in 2000.  With Morphosis, Mayne has been the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize, 26 Progressive Architecture Awards and over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards. Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and 25 monographs.

Keynote and Reception / Friday / 11.11.11 / 6:30-9:00pm

*This keynote will be held off-site in downtown Los Angeles at the California Department of Transportation District 7 Headquarters building, designed by Thom Mayne. Join us immediately following the keynote for a reception at the Bradbury Building. Please plan to take public transportation to this event. Directions will be provided on-site at the conference.