Tony had the good fortune of growing up and going to school in classically planned urban environments, which is perhaps why he found himself drawn to architecture. As a first-generation Italian American, his family moved to Italy, where he spent his formative years in Naples, but eventually moved back to Philadelphia full time, where his father was a physician, when Tony was 13. After earning his architecture degree at The Catholic University of America in 1989, he lived and worked in Carrara, Italy for two years, and then returned to Washington, DC, where he has lived ever since. “I’ve always been intrigued by the built environment,” he says. “It’s this notion of how the public realm—government buildings, museums, churches—and the private realm—residential and commercial enclaves, retail, restaurants—co-exist and interact with each other on an urban scale.”
Tony’s career has been in pursuit of that notion, focusing on place-making multi-family residential and commercial work within urban communities throughout the Washington area. “It’s important to me to work in your community, where you live, and to try to change the built environment to make a better quality of living for the people whom you interact with.”
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At a project level, Tony has always seen himself as a mentor and communicator to rally the entire team together, inclusive of the client and consultants, working toward the singular goal of improving the communities where they design and build.