Antoine graduated in architecture and civil engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Malta in 2002, with periods of study at the Universities of Birmingham and Bologna, and subsequently obtained his professional warrant to practise as a Perit. In July 2004 he was awarded a scholarship by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK to read a post-graduate MSc degree in Town and Country Planning, specialising in Urban Design, at the Bartlett School of Planning (BSP), University College London (UCL). He terminated this Masters course with a Distinction, and was awarded the prize for effort by the BSP. In 2009 he was awarded a scholarship as part of the Malta Government Scholarships Scheme, for a PhD research in Planning and Urban Design at the BSP, which he successfully terminated in 2013.
Antoine has worked on projects in Italy, the Republic of Ireland and Malta and was further a member on the Planning Appeals Board in Malta. Following 10 years of employment within private practice, Antoine set up his own design consultancy, studjurban in 2012. studjurban has been established with the prime intention of championing high quality architecture and urban design on the island, through an iterative philosophy that links research and collaboration to design and subsequently increases place awareness.
Antoine currently lectures in spatial planning, urban design and urban governance within the Faculty for the Built Environment and has also delivered lectures at UCL. He is a Faculty Board member and a member of the University of Malta's Programme Validation Committee (PVC). He has further been actively involved in urban design debates through his engagement within the Kamra tal-Periti and the Urban Issues Work Group of the Architects Council of Europe. In the field of planning and policy-making he has advised the Planning Authority on major policy revisions and has authored national urban design policy and guidance. He has also delivered papers at numerous international conferences and transnational meetings in the research areas of urban design quality, urban design research methods, urban design policy-making, green urbanism and responsible design.
Urban design theory and practice, urban design research methods
Design quality and development management
Spatial planning systems, planning culture, EU urban agenda
Historical evolution of planning in Malta
Green urbanism, resource management and urban allotment gardens
Urban governance and decision making, role of formal and informal institutions
Information and Communications Technology and public space design/management
SPI5715 - Studies in Urban Design Research and Analysis
Courses coordinator: - Masters in Architecture and Urban Design (MArch): http://www.um.edu.mt/ben/overview/PMARAUDFTT4-2017-8-O - Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Spatial Planning: https://www.um.edu.mt/courses/overview/UBSCHSPIIIIPTD9-2019-0-O
Previous collaborations and affiliations: - Member, Faculty Board - Member, Kamra tal-Periti - Member, Working Group Urban Issues, Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) - Member and Lead Author, Working Group 'Development Control Design Policy, Guidance and Standards 2015' (DC15), Planning Authority - Member and co-Author, Working Group Floor Area Ratio, Planning Authority - Member and co-Author, Working Group Outdoor Dining Areas on Public Open Space, Planning Authority - Member, Validation Panel Executive Committee, Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) - International Editorial Board Member 'My Liveable City – the Art and Science of it' (India, The Netherlands). Publisher: Ironman Media and Advisory Services Pvt Ltd.
Research work, research collaborations and projects: Valletta 2018 Foundation (Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018) Research Project Leader, 2015 – 2019: 'Assessing the relationship between community inclusion and space, through the impact of Valletta 2018 cultural infrastructure on various community groups'
Core Group Member, Management Committee Member, Transport and Urban Development COST Action 1306: Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractiveness (CYBERPARKS) Leader, Working Group 4 (Urban Design) Conference Chair, International Conference: 'ICiTy – Enhancing Places through technology', Valletta, Malta, 18 – 19th April, 2016.
Management Committee and Working Group 4 (Urban Design) Member, Transport and Urban Development COST Action 1201 (2012-2016): Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities – Future Challenges and Lessons Learned
Design Project Team Leader for 'Ilma u Melh', architectural projects set up in Brussels designed and commissioned by the Faculty for the Built Environment for the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU (May 2016 - June 2017) https://issuu.com/timesofmalta/docs/places_april2017_issue15/25