David Pontarini studied architecture at the University of Toronto. With over 25 years of professional experience, David’s portfolio demonstrates a diversity of award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale complex urban high-rise and mixed-use developments, to residential interiors, unified by thoughtful planning and a commitment to quality in design. Frequently working with developers, urban planners, city officials and institutions, particularly in Toronto’s downtown core, David’s work has been recognized for improving the urban condition.
As a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel, a past member of the City of Toronto’s Preservation Board, a visiting lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and a former member of the OAA Council, representing Toronto Centre from 1992–2002, David maintains active involvement in support of the local architectural community.
David has recently commenced work on the design of an entire city block within the Regent Park redevelopment in the heart of downtown Toronto. Spanning 25 acres, the country’s oldest community housing project is being transformed into a mixed-use residential community, including subsidized and non-subsidized residential units as well as commercial and retail space. David is currently Partner-in-Charge of 15 large scale luxury mixed-use commercial residential developments, including 100 Yorkville at Bellair and Minto St. Thomas, located in Toronto’s historic Yorkville district; the Vu, a redevelopment of Toronto’s former Goodwill site; One City Hall, situated directly behind Toronto’s City Hall; and a luxury condominium complex in Dallas, Texas. Currently, David is Partner-in-Charge of the One Bloor mixed-use residential development at the prestigious corner location of Yonge and Bloor Streets. Situated at one of Toronto’s busiest and most revered intersections, this luxury building will encompass a 65-storey high-rise residential condo tower and multi-level commercial retail space facing Yonge and Bloor.
David participated in a study and report for the City of Toronto’s new Tall Buildings Performance Standards for the Downtown area in collaboration with Urban Strategies Inc. The study offers a vision and regulations that will help shape Toronto’s Downtown district for the next generation of development.
David’s extensive experience in designing projects in coordination with planners, community and residential committees, and City Councillors with special heritage considerations and specialty infill projects has given him a firm understanding of the process and complexities associated with working in urban neighbourhood fabrics.