Riccardo by training is a building engineer and he received a Ph.D. in Building Systems Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2011. He joined UNSW Built Environment in February 2017. He is a Senior Lecturer in the High Performance Architecture research cluster. Riccardo is also an affiliate of the Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA. Dr Paolini's main research interests concern building physics and its applications to the design of building and urban envelopes, with a specific focus on the hygrothermal performance over time, namely during the service life of building and urban assets, and the mutual influence between buildings and their energy needs and the urban microclimate.