Anthony Piermarini

Anthony Piermarini, AIAAssistant Professor of Architecture

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Areas of Expertise

Architecture / Design


Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University Master of Architecture, Harvard University Registered Architect

Anthony Piermarini received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture II at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He joined the full-time faculty in 2015 after having taught at the Graduate Level through the Teaching Firm in Residence program at RWU. He is currently serving as the Program Director in Beginning Studies in Architecture, teaches design studio and digital design. His interests lie in the intersection between architecture and social engagement. These interests inform his approach to both teaching and practice.

In 2002, he founded Studio Luz Architects in partnership with Hansy Better Barraza. The firm is as an agile, forward thinking practice that strives to link social responsibility, sustainable construction practices with built material expression. Studio Luz Architects has garnered many awards, including an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, four AIA Design Awards and being named one of Architecture Record’s Design Vanguard firms in 2006. Piermarini is also the recipient of the AIA Young Architects Award among other notable awards.

Anthony also co-founded with Hansy Better Barraza: BR-A-CE: Building Research–Architecture–Community Exchange, a non-profit corporation founded by artists and designers to create new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues facing communities. BR-A-CE offers a new form of practice, where community needs are identified, collaborations formed, projects are designed and constructed to address critical issues. They have initiated, fundraised and completed 3 projects to date, including the BIG Hammock on Boston’s Greenway, The Mattapan Mobile Farm-stand and most recently the Tilt Down Fence in Dorchester – which embraces immigrant contributions to the community.

Anthony has also taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Buffalo and Northeastern University. He has experience teaching a range of design related courses including Digital Media and Representation, Material Culture, Beginning Design, Integrated Design, Urban Design at the undergraduate and graduate levels.