“I only have one lifetime to change the world – to meaningfully improve the wellbeing of communities. I want to make it count. I believe that how we build our cities, communities, buildings, can be part of the solution. And, that the enterprise of city-building requires both engaged collaboration and vision. It’s through dialogue that meaningful understanding is generated and takes root. It’s through imagination and innovation that the conversation moves forward.”
As one of DIALOG’s partners, Antonio’s career has been built at the intersection of design disciplines. As DIALOG Chair, his mission is to leverage the collective creativity and innovation within DIALOG to continue delivering design solutions to the many challenges we face globally – from climate change and equity to social wellbeing.
“I’ve built a career working alongside communities, municipalities, developers, universities, and institutions who look at the challenges in the world and imagine we can be better. Together we create a road map to realize the vision – a master plan, a deep-retrofit building, a walkable street.”
Antonio’s project work has spanned communities from Halifax to Victoria, from Iqaluit to Mérida. A common thread has been the integration of diverse perspectives, through a creative process, for purpose-driven outcomes. As a result, Antonio is internationally recognized for creating transformational and vibrant urban spaces that support their social, economic, and environmental context.
“At DIALOG, we have a foundation of creative, innovative practitioners. Our best work is done collaboratively, with clients and communities that are asking challenging, purpose-driven questions.”
Antonio is frequently called upon to lead conversations on how the design of the built environment can contribute to community wellbeing. He has acted as chair of the Toronto Society of Architects and Vaughan’s Design Review Panel. Antonio is active on several research and advocacy groups, including the Rethinking Rental Roundtable and Planning Research Advisory Committee with CMHC-SCHL and the Advisory Committee for HealthyDesign.city. He became a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada College in 2018, recognized for his outstanding contributions to the design community.
Antonio is also a frequently sought-after speaker for expert panels, keynote presentations, workshops, and guest commentaries. Learn more about Antonio’s past and present engagements.
Masters in Environmental Studies, Urban Planning
Architecture and Urbanism