ABOUT


SUSTAINABILITY


ANTHONY PROVENZANO, B.ARCH, OAA, MRAIC, DGNB

Light + Space + Material

The objective on every project is to form a bespoke architectural response for each client and on each site that artistically balances all of the constraints of the project.

Every client, every site and every set of constraints is different so the aim is to find a level of architectural proposal (and or intervention) that is a consequence of judgement and of appropriateness, more than it is an outward display of creative assertiveness. An autonomous (and self referential) form making 'style' is (simply) something we are not interested in: however we do look to resolve the same types of issues in every project. Namely, the artistic balance and interplay of Light, Space & Material.

In that way, there is a profound connection in all our work.

History

Anthony graduated in 1995, from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Architecture where he won the John Yamada Scholarship for Promising Student. In 1996, Anthony won a Canada wide VIRTU award for 'The Squirrel Chair' - which was a chair designed for a furniture design course he took while still in school.

Anthony worked at Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects for the first 8 years of his career where he worked on an array of award winning projects. In the 8 years preceding the set up of his own practice, Anthony worked at architectsAlliance where he was a Senior Architect, working primarily on multi-unit housing.

ANTHONY PROVENZANO ARCHITECTS was launched in 2013 and provides creative architectural services and solutions to interesting problems, at any scale. It is about ideas, not hierarchy.

 

With over 20 years experience in the Architectural industry, Anthony is acutely sensitive to Building Sustainability issues. ANTHONY PROVENZANO ARCHITECTS was the first Canadian company registered with the German Sustainability Council (DGNB) who are known to have the premiere view on Building Sustainability.


THE GERMAN SUSTAINABILITY SYSTEM

To explore the differences between LEED, BREEAM and DGNB: check out this presentation which has been featured on German Sustainability Websites.

This is part of a presentation APA made looking at Sustainable Building Practice in Germany.


As a matter of tremendous family pride, in 2005, Anthony was a guest on the cooking show, The Surreal Gourmet - which had a feature on architects and cooking.

I saw an exhibit on Japanese Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1994; they distilled Japanese design into embracing five essential characteristics; Asymmetry, Compactness, Simplicity, Craftsmanship and Humour. Each of the characteristics was paralleled with ancient passages from Zen Buddhist Anthology, Zenrin Kushu, from ca. 1688.

They are as follows;

Asymmetry - “the first stem, the second, crooked; the third, the fourth slanted”

Compactness - “store the whole world in a grain of millet, boil the mountains & rivers in a two quart pot”

Simplicity - “one moon shows in every pool; in every pool the one moon”

Craftsmanship - “mountain flowers, like brocade; valley water brimming, indigo”

Humour - “throw mud pies at everyone”

Often it is me pointing out that we should not forget about the mud pies.
— Anthony Provenzano

Take your pleasure seriously.
— Charles Eames