Paola Leardini

  • Node Leader - Design for Extended Building Life; Project Leader
  • The University of Queensland

Current positions held

Senior Lecturer – School of Architecture – The University of Queensland
Director of Teaching & Learning – School of Architecture – The University of Queensland


Dr Paola Leardini is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Teaching & Learning of UQ’s School of Architecture. She has worked as an ESD designer and consultant internationally, and taught in tertiary institutions in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand, before joining UQ (2015), where she leads teaching and pioneering research in environmental design and advanced building technology, with a focus on circular design for the built environment. Her multidisciplinary expertise includes human centric and performance-based design of low to positive energy buildings and urban districts, circular design for adaptability and disassembly, hygrothermal performance of engineered timber in tropical climates, and water sensitive urban design and flood resilience. Since 2016, she has been a leading researcher of the Centre for Future Building Structures: as a CI of the Future Timber Hub (2016-2021), and, currently, the Lead CI of an ARC Linkage project on adaptable prefab timber housing (LP200301402), and a CI and Node Leader of the ARC Advance Timber Hub (IH220100016). Dr Leardini’s research has been published internationally; she serves as a reviewer of scientific journals and editorial boards; she is a member of the Design Excellence Panel: Queensland social and affordable housing, and of the Advisory Board on Public Space for the UN-Habitat associated City Space Architecture.

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