Director of Commercial Architecture, NDAT, BAS, MArch (Prof)
Carleone was born and raised in Samoa and at an early age was inspired by his father, the first Polynesian architect to receive a western architectural education. Following his father’s footsteps, Carleone moved to his mother’s homeland of New Zealand at sixteen to begin his architectural education. Excelling in his bachelor’s program, Carleone won a competitive internship working with an industry leading architecture practice in Auckland, New Zealand. In his final thesis year, Carleone was selected as a New Zealand Institute of Architect’s student design awards finalist, a prestigious design competition recognizing the top twelve thesis students in the country.
Since then, Carleone has worked for several award-winning architecture practices. His experience spans across a variety of project typologies, scales, and complexities, ranging from $300k residential alterations to $200+ million nationally significant and seismically complex civic buildings.
Carleone is passionate about indigenous architecture and how minority cultures are represented in the built environment.
After meeting his wife, a native of Auburn, Alabama, Carleone relocated to Birmingham in 2021. In his free time, you will likely find Carleone eager to be near a body of water, cheering on the All Blacks, and planning his next travel adventure.