Daniel Toole Architecture

Architect + Designer + Educator


SESSION: Friday, October 22, 2:30-3:30pm, In-Person

Nature and Materials

Can architecture create a deeper connection to nature? Using examples from his studio's quickly growing portfolio of urban projects and private residences, architect Daniel Toole will guide you through his design process that focuses on the interplay of light, site, and materials to create unique places for living and contemplation.



Born in Austria and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Daniel Toole knew that he wanted to be an architect at the age of twelve after being inspired by his artist/teacher Aunt and engineer grandfather, and pushed forward by highly supportive parents. He has traveled and worked extensively around the world, observing diverse, intimate and unexpected urban spaces along the way. His first book, Tight Urbanism, was published in 2010 and explores alleyway architecture in major world cities. 


Daniel received a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon and completed a master’s degree in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. After over a decade of working in various offices and moonlighting, he founded Daniel Toole Architecture in 2020. He has designed private residences, commercial buildings, landscapes and master plans independently, and while working for prestigious firms such as Rick Joy Architects, Barkow Leibinger Architects, Perkins + Will, and Allied Works Architecture. 


Daniel has received numerous design awards and fellowships throughout his remarkable career and currently serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon School of Architecture.

Currently inspired by: Louis Kahn and Noguchi


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