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

Luigi Ferrara


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, 1985MASTER 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 College2006-2013 DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR ARTS AND DESIGN George Brown College2002-2006 DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF DESIGN George Brown College1998-2002 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-PresentRegistered Architect, Member, 1990-Present Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada


ICCO Scotiabank Environmental Leadership Award, Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario, 2017NUARS 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, 2009Gold Award, Best Booth, CANUHOME, IIDEX , 2006


Future Ways of Living Volume 1, Toronto/Milan, 2015Future Ways of Living Volume 2, Toronto/Milan, 2015The Atlas of One Delta, Toronto, 2014Our Dublin: Reimagining Public ServicesCity Minded: From Universal to Elective Models of Public Service Delivery, 2013Ecology of Innovation & Municipal Service Design, Public and Collaborative, 2013The Ecology of Innovation, Fields Journal, Carleton, 2013Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation – Design Doing, Putting Thinking Into Practice, Canada, 2012Renovating the Suburbs for a Sustainable Future, China, 2011Social Innovation & Sustainability, Innovation & New Business Models, 2010, BrazilToronto Gaming Incubator Study, 2010, CanadaCanada Innovates: Sustainable Building, 2006IwB Annual Publications, 2004 – 2015