OCAD University
Roberto Chiotti
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Design

Area(s) of Expertise

Architecture, Sustainable Design, Cosmology


Roberto Chiotti is principal of Larkin Architect Limited, an award-winning firm specializing in the design of Sustainable Sacred Space. He completed his B.Arch. degree in 1978 and his MTS graduate degree from U of T's St. Michael's College, in 1998, with a specialty in Theology and Ecology. In 2003, he achieved his LEED AP and is a founding member of the CaGBC's, GTA Chapter. His firm's widely published St. Gabriel's Church was the first building in Toronto to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is the recipient of the 2007 City of Toronto Green Design Award. In 2013, Roberto was invested into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Roberto has been invited to write and speak extensively at Universities, Colleges, and professional conferences in Canada and the USA on the topics of Sustainable Design, Sacred Space, and the Cosmological Response to the Ecological Crisis as it relates to Architecture and Education. He has co-instructed a 4th year design studio at Ryerson University and has been an ongoing Guest Faculty at the GBC School of Design's, Institute without Boundaries graduate program from 2008 to 2014. Roberto was appointed Assistant Professor and Sustainability Officer for OCAD University's Faculty of Design from 2014 to 2016 and currently teaches 2nd year ENVR Core Studios, Think Tank, and Professional Practice for 4th year Environmental Design students. He also co-chaired the 2015 Urban Ecologies conference and is a member of OCADU's Sustainability Committee. He has contributed to the articulation of Sustainability as a core value in the new Academic Plan, the Sustainability Policy Principles, and is currently working with ODESI on the implementation of the policy throughout the institution.


1975 Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Pre-Professional Architecture, University of Waterloo

1978 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Waterloo

1998 Master of Theological Studies, University of St. Michael's College at Univeristy of Toronto

1998 Specialty Certificate in Theology and Ecology, Elliott Allen Insitute for Theology and Ecology at Univeristy of St. Michael's College

Professional Experience

Roberto has been a registered architect since 1981 and principal of Larkin Architect Limited since 1994.  His firm specializes in the design of sacred space but also engages in projects for private and public educational institutions, soical service agencies, childcare facilities, the hospitality industry, healthcare, commercial and residential clients. 

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2014-present, Member of Program Advisory Committee, Sustainable Building Design and Construction Program, Fleming College 2013, Invested to the College of Fellows, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 2013-present, Member of the Building Alliances Committee for the American Institute of Architect's Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture 2010, Jury Member, AIA/IFRAA, Religious Art and Architecture Awards 2008-present, Member of Program Advisory Committee, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University 2008, Jury Member, City of Toronto Green Design Awards 2004-present, Founding Member, Canadian Green Building Council, Greater Toronto Chapter 2003-present, Member of Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition 1999, Mentor, Ontario Association of Architects, Intern Architect Program 1985-1988, Mentor, Syllabus Program, Royal Architectural institute of Canada, Member of the International Forum on Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality, ongoing advisor to Greening Sacred Spaces, Member of the Fleming College Sustainable Design and Construction Programme Advisory Council.