Dr. Paolo Caratelli, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Architecture


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Design, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.2007
  • Specialist Degree in Lighting Design, Lighting Academy, Florence, Italy. 2007
  • Specialist Degree in Safety measures for building construction, OAPPC, Italy.2000
  • Professional Degree in Architecture, OAPPC (Italian Association of Architects), Italy.2000
  • Specialist Degree in Yacht Design, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.1999
  • M.Sc. with Honors in Architecture, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.1998

Mini Bio

Areas of Competence

  • Architecture and Urban Design theory and practice.
  • Theoretical and technical aspects in Architectural heritage conservation and restoration.
  • Architecture design and technology development towards building sustainability.


  • Assistant Professor, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2011-Now
  • Research Assistant in Architecture, University of Florence, Italy. 2003-2005
  • Research Assistant in Interior Architecture, University of Florence, Italy.2001-2003
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.1998-2001

Research & Scholarly activities

  • Researcher for the Research Project LUDA (Large Urban Distressed Areas) funded by European Union, exploring urban transformation projects situated in former industrial dismissed areas in Florence, Italy.
  • Supervised 5 Master Degree thesis at University of Florence, Florence, Italy.
  • Authored or co-authored of 9 publications in refereed journals, technical magazines and edited books on the interrelations between architecture and urban history and its form.

Consultancy & Industry Experience

Architect and consultant for several projects in Italy, UAE and abroad, such as:

  • Design for 15 villas on island in Nakheel The World project, Dubai, UAE.
  • Design for a 5B+G+2M+39F residential building in Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE.
  • Feasibility study, Masterplan and preliminary design for the Florence Opera House, Italy.
  • Upgrade and retrofit design for an existing Commercial Centre in Florence, Italy.
  • Technical Advisor for environmental impact of A1 motorway Milan-Naples, Italy.
  • Design for a private villa in Cote Azur, France.
  • Architectural Advisor for the Mayor Office, Municipality of Florence, Italy.
  • Transformation design for a historical dismissed factory into residential apartments, offices and retail shops, Florence, Italy.

Owner and Director of own professional firm in Florence, Italy (2000 to 2011).

Membership of Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Italian Association of Professional Architects (OAPPC), Member since 2000.
  • OAPPC Florence Chapter, Council Member and Cultural Department Chair (2005 to 2008).