Dr. Jean Martin Caldieron joined Florida Atlantic University in 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Tohoku University in Japan. His dissertation was on the self-improvement of unauthorised settlements. He previously studied Earth Architecture at the École D'Architecture de Grenoble (France), where he specialised in sustainable construction using raw earth as a building material. He received his Architect Diploma at Simon Bolivar University (Caracas, Venezuela) and worked in several firms prior to establishing his own practice in Venezuela where he designed residential and urban projects.
He also practised for three years as an architect in Japan, and has been involved in several projects around the world. He previously taught and conducted research at the Simon Bolivar University, Tohoku University, and St. Petersburg College.
His research interests are integration of structures with architectural design education, upgrading of self-built urban settlements, shanty town dynamics and open building structures. Dr. Caldieron is fluent in six languages. He is a passionate traveller who has been researching, lecturing and travelling in more than 100 countries. One of his goals is to pass on this passion to his students.