Paolo’s extensive experience with Engineered Wood Products encompasses both hands-on and advisory roles in the design and construction of timber structures, project management, research and product development, teaching and training.
With a Forestry degree in Florence (Italy) and a PhD in Industrial Technologies, Wood at ENSTIB/Université de Nancy (France), Paolo worked in the industry for 7 years before starting an independent timber consulting and engineering practice. Among the many projects with which he has been involved are the design and specification of multi-storey timber buildings (5, 7, 9 and 12 storeys), developing new models for prefabricated homes and transportable units and the design for cross laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing plants. He also authored a widely-used book on the design of timber structures and funded the development of specific structural engineering software.
Paolo has succeeded in changing mindsets in the mid-rise construction market and helping those with a little pioneering spirit to take advantage of the demonstrated efficiencies and cost savings provided by timber structures and continues his work with FWPA on the Resilient Timber Homes Program.