- Registered Architect in Illinois
Armando Tobias is an architect with over twenty years of experience providing the full range of architectural professional services. His career’s work includes projects in the public and private sectors and span across numerous building typologies including higher education, institutional, K-12, corporate and housing. Based out of Chicago, he has worked extensively in the local market as well as in central Illinois and western Pennsylvania. Armando is an adept designer, a conscientious project manager and a thoughtful team builder.
Armando has a career-long interest in using architectural practice as a tool to positively affect social equity. To this effect, Armando has championed not-for-profits, affordable housing, barrier free design and the Principles of Universal Design in his practice. He has presented his work at local and national conferences and is a recognized national figure in field of universal design.
Armando is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a State of Illinois architectural license. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects. Outside of the office, Armando is avid film buff and regularly attends live symphonic and operatic performances.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
What was your first job?
Teenage usher at the old Chicago Stadium during Michael Jordan’s formative years and at Orchestra Hall during Sir Georg Solti’s tenure
What is your favorite season?
Fall, it has the best sun position—low in the sky for the best lighting of skylines and architecture. And fall colors are great.
Teleportation, first choice. A truth lasso could be handy too.
If you could be any material, what would you be?
Tie between quarter sawn birch and limestone
Favorite pump-up song?
London Calling by The Clash
One word that best represents Canopy's culture?
Visionary. Canopy identifies the untapped potential in projects and in team members. Then develops both to elevate the quality of design, client services and professional growth.
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Where do you go for inspiration?
If you had to be a Star Wars character?