Luigi Ferrara OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACID O, ICSID Senator

Luigi
Ferrara
, OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACID O, ICSID Senator
Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology

Biography

Luigi Ferrara is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of ICSID (now called the World Design Organization [WDO]) and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and the Wisdom Economy. 

In addition to running the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology, Luigi also advises the College’s Senior Management Team on Academic Space Planning. His background as an architect serves the College community as it continues to expand its current infrastructure. The College’s newest addition will open in September 2018 in the heart of the Toronto Waterfront when the new School of Design opens at the Daniels City of the Arts development site. Luigi is also playing a key role in the College’s next exciting venture – the opening of The Arbour the province’s first Tall Wood institutional building. The planned 12-storey, carbon-neutral facility will become a new landmark at our Waterfront Campus, where it will be located just north of the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences across the street from the new School of Design.

Academic Credentials

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies, with distinction), University of Toronto, 1985

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE COURSE WORK (with distinction) University of Toronto, 1987

Areas of Specialization

Design

Space Planning

Partnership Opportunities & Planning

Program Development

Areas of Expertise

Investment Industry

Securities

Derivative Securities

Career Highlights

2004-Present DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES George Brown College

2006-2013 DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR ARTS AND DESIGN George Brown College

2002-2006 DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF DESIGN George Brown College

1998-2002 DX Net Inc. PRESIDENT and CEO, (Design Exchange For-Profit Division)

1992-1996 ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS, EDITOR Perspective Magazine

Other Activities

Senator, WDO (formerly ICSID), 2005-PresentTreasurer and Board Member – Toronto Estonian House (NFP)

Honourary Member, Association of Canadian Industrial Designers Ontario, 1997-Present

Registered Architect, Member, 1990-Present Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Awards

ICCO Scotiabank Environmental Leadership Award, Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario, 2017

NUARS AWARDS, School of Design Annuals, 2002-2015, (Multipleawards)

Honouree, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Foundation, 2014

Gold Award, Best Booth, World House, Renova, Interior Design Show (Toronto), 2014

CBC & Toronto Star Nuit Blanche Top Three Art Installations, 2014

Silver Award, Best Booth, World House, Renova, IIDEX, 2013

Sustainable Educator of the Year, CMHC, 2009

Gold Award, Best Booth, CANUHOME, IIDEX , 2006