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Native of Portugal, Graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor in Science Degree in architecture, 1996 and a Master’s Degree in Architecture, 1998, Antonio has been a Maryland resident for over 25 years.
Interned with the well-known Maryland professor and modernist architect Frank Schlesinger, FAIA for the first 2 years, after college graduation and subsequently for 8 years at Shalom Baranes Associates Architects in Washington DC, where he became a design team leader, having worked on numerous award winning projects.
Transitioned to Grimm and Parker Architects in 2006, where he currently serves as Director of Design for the firm. He leads the design effort for over 90 architects in 4 offices in Virginia and Maryland. Projects range from high-rise multifamily (affordable and market-rate), K-12 schools, universities, and public building such as City Halls, Libraries, and Recreation Centers.
Antonio has extensive experience on formulating and identifying a building program that addresses the client’s spatial and functional needs, within a given budget. He has a facile ability to tailor designs for whole buildings to different public and private clients, developers, and even residential homeowners. Leads design charrettes with owners, engineering consultants, specialty consultants, green designers, and users and is able to lead users/clients through the design vision process in an inviting and effective way. Focused on inspiring the culture of the firm to focus on design at all phases of documentation and at all levels of detail.
Loves sketching, painting, and 3-D modeling in clay and computer – as tools of design and architectural detailing. Has a passion for all aspects of design and is able to create and develop the initial vision of buildings, interiors, and sites in a friendly and engaging way, demonstrating a care for scale, proportion, environment, and feeling.
Antonio has served on the AIA Potomac Valley board as a director for one year, and as a member of the Awards Committee and the Physical Space Task Force.