Anthony Fioravanti, Director Development and Planning
Anthony Fioravanti is Director of Development and Planning at Laing O’Rourke, a prominent multinational construction frm, and with revenues over 2.5 billion GBP the largest private building contractor in the UK. Mr. Fioravanti leads a building excellence group initiative focused on DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly), where intelligent design of complex projects utilizes technology and of-site manufacture to advance constructability. This pioneering practice is redefining how mega-projects are delivered, and has been used on prestige assets such as the Leadenhall Building. Working closely with multiple advanced engineering disciplines his work promotes the future of building design and construction with a focus on cost certainty, supply chain reliability, improved site logistics and safety, and de-risking through design optimization.
Mr. Fioravanti was formerly Vice President of Design and Planning for both Related Urban and Gulf Related. During 11 years at Related, one of the world’s leading mixed-use property developers, he has managed design for award winning projects of exceptional complexity, scale and value. In his role at Related he reported directly to the Chairman/ CEO – where his duties extended beyond design management to project visioning and defnition. Working closely with the broader development team including in-house finance, leasing and construction, he exercised a broad perspective of the development process and of the economic sustainability of mega-schemes. A champion of design throughout his career Mr. Fioravanti has worked with Richard Meier, Foster + Partners, Thomas Heatherwick, SHoP, David Rockwell and Kohn Pederson Fox among others.
At Related Urban he was the Design Director for the 1 million square foot retail building at Hudson Yards and the centerpiece of the 17 million square foot mixed-use development currently under construction on the west side of Manhattan and opening in 2018. Mr. Fioravanti’s role required the coordination of all architecture and engineering disciplines in planning the largest mixed-use vertical retail project ever to be delivered in New York City. Additionally, his role involved establishing the identity and the conceptual design, programming, and new development planning for several other complex projects; including The Grand, a 1.2 million square foot complex in downtown Los Angeles designed by Frank Gehry, and Downtown Santa Clara, a 5 million square foot retail-led mixed-use scheme in the heart of Silicon Valley.
In 2009, Mr. Fioravanti joined a strategic global initiative at Related to investigate development opportunities in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, and Beirut), which led to a partnership with a leading UAE-based private equity group, and the joint venture Gulf Related. He was the Design Director for the 366,000 square foot Galleria at Sowwah Square Abu Dhabi, an AIAME award-winning luxury-shopping district that opened to critical acclaim in 2013.
He served as Design Director for the second phase, a 2.5 million square foot 1.8 billion USD mixeduse regional shopping center; the composite development will be among the most dynamic ofce, retail, hotel and residential precincts globally. Mr. Fioravanti served on the governing board of Open House New York, is a Young Urbanist of the Municipal Arts Society, a Young Friend of Hudson River Park, a Friend of the High Line, and a Professional Member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has lectured at Harvard Business School, in the real estate programs at both Columbia University and New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, and served as a guest critic to the Urban Design studios at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mr. Fioravanti holds a Bachelors degree in Design and Environmental Analysis (BS) from Cornell University and a Masters degree in Urban Development and Real Estate Finance (MDesS) from Harvard University.