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Ralph Giannone B.Arch. OAA MRAIC
Ralph Giannone has been credited as a leader in design innovation. He is a versatile architect, providing vision and leadership for a wide range of award-winning projects that critically question the urban, cultural, and typological context within which they find themselves. His commitment to the concerns and ambitions of his clients, his expertise with complex stakeholder relations and his thoughtful designs have contributed to his reputation for realizing projects of enduring value and exemplary richness.
Ralph’s enthusiasm for urbanism, popular culture and travel have led the firm’s portfolio to include projects such as the award-winning Il Fornello Restaurant; Toronto’s Parkdale Library; Hotel Torre Fiore in Basilicata, Italy; the Don Mills Redevelopment Project; and, the series of Terroni Restaurants in Toronto and Los Angeles. Current projects include the mixed-use redevelopment of East Village, Calgary; the hotel redevelopments at 99 Sudbury and the vintage Parkdale Hotel in Toronto; and, the mixed-use Toronto Waterfront redevelopment at north Sugar Beach.
Ralph is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel, made up of 12 leading design professionals, which provides independent advice to city planners in the evaluation of new urban developments and their contribution to the public realm. He continues to be invited by municipalities, academic institutions, and private organizations to share his expertise on design, urbanism, and smart growth; he was invited to be a panelist at the prestigious Designing Transit Cities Conference in Toronto and most recently participated as a speaker on the City of Toronto’s Chief Planner’s Roundtable “The Next Generation Suburbs”.
Ralph graduated with a professional architecture degree from the University of Toronto in 1987.
Pina Petricone B.Arch. M.Arch.II MRAIC
Pina Petricone shares her time as Principal of Giannone Petricone Associates and as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto. This dual role is a defining feature of the practice, enabling Pina to contribute intellectual rigor and research to the firm’s projects and processes, as well as to give real projects academic consideration.
Pina’s creativity and love of design has led to some of the firm’s most remarkable projects including the award-winning Fresh Restaurant, the Centre for Ethics, at the University of Toronto, and Chester Le Daycare and Community Space, a new pilot project for the City of Toronto’s ‘priority neighbourhoods.’ Her current portfolio includes an exciting mixed income development in Phase II of the Regent Park Revitalization Project; two new house projects on the edges of Toronto’s unique ravines; a new retail concept for Cumbrae’s butchery on Toronto’s Queen Street; and, the resuscitation of the Royal Hotel in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.
Pina has presented her work and research at several international conferences and symposia, including the IFWorld Conference at the Politecnico di Milano, the Banff sessions on Architecture in Banff, Alberta, the Tectonics: Making Meaning Conference at the Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands, and recently at the Columbia University Think Tank on the Building Intelligence Project. Her work and research has been published widely in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2012 Pina celebrated the publication of her first book, “Concrete Ideas: Material to Shape a City”.
Pina received her professional degree in architecture from the University of Toronto in 1991 and a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University in 1995.