Senen M. A. Antonio is an architect, urban designer and planner with more than 20 years of international experience in sustainable design and planning, including plans for regions and sectors; military base redevelopment; transit-oriented development; disaster recovery; urban reclamation, revitalization and infill; and new towns, in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
A Partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ), Antonio has managed projects across all phases from conceptual design through construction. He lectures widely on urbanism and contemporary development issues, with a recent focus on Asia. He has spoken before government, academic, professional and general audiences in China, Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines, and is a contributor to professional journals and other publications. His educational background is in Real Estate, Urban Design, Architecture and Visual Communications.
The U.S. housing market has seen significant transformation in the last few years. The recent mortgage crisis and the ensuing aversion to sprawl; issues of climate change, energy and affordability; and a renewed appreciation for context and community have ushered a return of smaller, more efficient dwellings. An examination of vernacular housing models, particularly those from locales where pragmatic building practices are still common — such as in the Philippines — may offer useful techniques for developing Lean housing types.