Antonio Petrov, DDes

Associate Professor, Urban Future Lab Founder, Architecture and Planning

Antonio Petrov


Dr. Antonio Petrov is currently Associate Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio and founder of the Urban Future Lab, a think tank and teaching lab (housed within UTSA’s College of Engineering and Integrated Desgin. The focus of the Urban Future Lab is to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions for immanent urban issues like water, housing, infrastructure, and transportation. His research emphasizes on capturing the emergent nature of urban futures while recognizing cities as collective cultural artifacts. Within these frameworks he explores the rapidly changing dynamics of urban futures and how they relate to local currencies, citizen agency, and public interest design.

He is also founding editor of the Harvard GSD publication New Geographies, and founder and editor-in-chief of DOMA. In the past two years, he also served as the co-program director at Archeworks in Chicago and Caudill visiting critic at Rice University. He received his doctoral degree in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, and cultural studies from Harvard University. He edited the Harvard University Press published, New Geographies Volume 5 “The Mediterranean: Worlds, Regions, Cities, and Architectures” and is currently working on manuscripts titled, “On the Edge of Future: Narratives in the Making of a City” and “Superordinary” (forthcoming from Actar Publishers). Petrov taught architecture and urban design at Rice University, Harvard University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Iowa State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, and has received several other grants, fellowships, and won international prizes and competitions in architecture, planning, and design.