Victor Perez-Amado is an Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University School of Urban and Regional Planning who is trained as an architect and urban designer. Before joining Toronto Metropolitan University, Perez-Amado worked at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Post Professional Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with distinction.
His academic endeavors and research on aging in place, transformation of long-term care facilities, and multigenerational housing, including in LGBTQ2S communities, builds upon seven years of practice and built-work design experience. Perez-Amado's involvement in some of these innovative senior living projects from concept to construction include: Lathrop Communities in Massachusetts USA, a masterplan and design for independent and assisted living residences with a focus on seniors with dementia and autism; The Lexington Brookhaven, long-term care and assisted living residences design; and the Boston Home-Harmon Apartments, Independent living residences for seniors with mental disabilities.
Perez-Amado has also designed and built a series of interactive public installations. These projects explore material prototyping, visualization, public realm activation, and community engagement. Some of these include the “Woggle Jungle and Woggle Jungle 2.0, Everyone is King: Design-Build Competition, King Street Pilot Project” the 2019 Winter-Stations project “Cavalcade” on Woodbine Beach in Toronto, the 2020 Ontario Place Winter Light Festival “Lumina” among others.
He is the recipient of numerous professional awards in housing design including The Harvard Clifford Wong Prize for Housing Design (2014) for his research project “Reconciling the Everglades Edge: Proposal for new Floridian prototypical housing and Urban Schemes”, an American Institute of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award in collaboration (2012) for the Project “BaYou Commons: (Urban Land Institute, ULI) Gerald D. Hines, and an ASLA Colorado Professional Honor Award, Planning, and Analysis (2015) for the Project Multi Grid 69/70: The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition.
In recent years, Victor’s work has been published and exhibited in different publications including: The 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, The 2014 Harvard University GSD exhibition Grounded Visionaries: Pedagogy + Practice, for his project: Reconciling the Everglades Edge: Prototypes for new Floridian Urban Schemes; the 2013: Buenos Aires Biennale: SAP: “South America Project” Exhibition for his project Story Trail: The Art of Walking based on Patagonia Hydroaysen Damns; and the 2013 Paisea: Landscape Architecture Magazine (Spain) for The Bend: Nashville Designing Action Competition among others.
- PLG720: Advanced Planning Studio II
- PLG420: Land Use Planning Studio I
- PL8110: Adv Planning Studio
- Affordable Housing
- Housing for senior demographics
- Housing for LGBTQ2S seniors
- Student Housing
- Urban Design
- Public Space/ Realm Activation
- Public Art and Social Incubators
- Sustainability and Landscape infrastructure
- Landscape Urbanism
- Community engagement in planning
- 2015 ASLA Colorado Professional Honor Award, Planning, and Analysis Multi Grid 69/70: The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition
- 2014 Clifford Wong Prize for Housing Design Harvard University Graduate School of DesignReconciling the Everglades Edge: Prototypes for new Floridian Urban Schemes
- 2014 ASLA Colorado Professional Honor Award, Planning, and Analysis The Bend:Transforming Nashville’s East Bank
- 2019 Toronto and Region Conservation Authority: SNAP Program in Partnership with UofT Daniels Faculty Victor Perez-Amado West Bolton Caledon Action Plan.
- 2014 - Current USGBC LEED AP BD+C
Selected Competitions + Creative Practice
- 2020 John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design Project Title: Darwin’s Hill Amphitheatre Design In progress
- 2020 Ontario Place Light Festival Project Title: Lumina Awarded + Built
- 2018 Sidewalk Labs Toronto – Pop Up Park design, to be exhibited at The CN Tower Project Title: PEBBS + HEX Pop-up park public space activator.
- 2019 Winter-Stations 2019 International Competition Project Title: Cavalcade Awarded + Built
- 2018 Ideas Generator for Pulse Memorial and Museum – Florida USA Project Title: Equitable Co-Design for the Pulse Memorial and Museum
- 2018 Everyone is King: Design-Build Competition, City of Toronto. King and Church Street Project Title: Woggle Jungle 2.0 Awarded + Built
- 2018 Everyone is King: Design-Build Competition, City of Toronto Project Title: Woggle Jungle Awarded + Built
- 2012 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition Bayou Commons: A New Urban District on Houston’s Buffalo Bayou First Place Winner
- 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism – South Korea in collaboration with UofT Professor Fadi Masoud. “Revisiting the Jordan Valley” Jordan Valley Planning + Housing Strategies
- 2019 Doors Open Exhibition. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape + Design ARC200 Undergraduate Drawing + Representation II. The Analytical Atlas of Toronto
- 2015 Living Anatomy: An Exhibition About Housing. Harvard University GSD, Reconciling the Everglades Edge: Prototypes for new Floridian Urban Schemes
- 2014 Grounded Visionaries: Pedagogy + Practice. Harvard University GSD, Reconciling the Everglades Edge: Prototypes for new Floridian Urban Schemes
- 2013 Buenos Aires Biennale: SAP: “South America Project” Exhibition Story Trail: The Art of Walking based on Patagonia HydroAysen Damns.