Born in Naples in 1962, he is Research Director of the "City and Architecture - Plans and Projects" Group at the National Research Council of Italy IRAT. The CAPP Group collaborates with United Nation agencies, European Union institutions, universities, research centres, government and local authorities. The research and project activities are concerned with the city and architecture as tools to realize sustainable development in three dimensions: environmental, social and economic.
During his career he has studied innovation technology and urban change, sustainable mobility and intercultural cities. At present, he is focussed on the possible contribution of urban planning and design to local sustainable development process - in particular, in seaside cities where the local identity is strictly connected to sea and to maritime identity.
He has taught at the Second University of Naples, the University Tor Vergata in Rome, the PhD Course of the Faculties of Architecture of Naples Federico II, Genoa and Palermo.
He has received scientific awards from the Aldo Della Rocca Foundation (1997 and 2001) and in 2011 he won the international competition for the Nichelino 2010 Master Plan for redesigning and regenerating the district of Nichelino in Northern Italy (Piemonte Region).