Cristiano Luchetti is an architect, researcher, and educator with more than 25 years of experience in both professional practice and academia. Since 2012, Cristiano has taught and researched architectural and urban design for UAE universities. He is currently an Associate Professor at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE and a Ph.D. candidate at the Universita' Politecnica delle Marche in Italy. In his professional activity, Cristiano carries out consultancy for large-scale projects in the Middle East's residential, commercial, and hospitality sectors. He is associate editor of Compasses Architecture & Design and regularly writes about the architecture and urbanism of the Arabian Gulf. In 2018 he co-curated the Egyptian pavilion at the Architecture Venice Biennale, and in 2021 co-authored the book "Desert:Space - Architecture for Emptiness." He recurrently serves as a juror for the most prominent international competitions and awards.