Daniel Toole
Founder & Principal

Born in Austria and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Daniel has traveled and worked extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Observing diverse intimate urban spaces along the way has inspired his work in architecture and urban design, culminating in his first built work - an alleyway revitilization in the Miami Design District.

Daniel founded Daniel Toole Architecture in 2013 during a Master's of Architecture at Harvard’s GSD, and has designed private residences, institutional, and commercial buildings, landscapes, and master plans independently and with various internationally recognized offices including Rick Joy Architects, Barkow Leibinger Architects, Perkins + Will, and Allied Works Architecture.

A registered Architect in the state of Oregon, he received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Oregon and his Master’s of Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He completed additional studies at Columbia University in New York City and Paris, as well as a year-long DAAD research grant from the German government at the Technical University of Berlin. He published a book on his alleyway explorations, Tight Urbanism, in 2010 and has received numerous other design awards and fellowships.

Daniel is currenlty an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and has participated on studio juries at universities throughout the United States and Europe.

Past and present collaborators:
Jason Argyropoulos
Graham Day
Akos Huber
Thad Nobuhara
David Joe Thomas

Studio Profile

Daniel Toole Architecture is a full service architecture and planning studio that blurs the boundaries between the city, landscape, and building with a careful attention to detail. The practice places focus on the interplay of light and materials to create unexpected spaces for contemplation.

Currently working between Portland and Seattle, the studio designs at multiple scales--from furniture to masterplans--and continues to work on projects on both coasts of the United States. Current projects include a pair of single family residences in Seattle, a historic renovation in Portland, a second alley in the Miami Design District, and continual research on materials and intimate urban spaces.


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2019 AIA National Honor Award for Trumpf Smart Factory, Chicago (Daniel Toole as Project Designer at Barkow Leibinger Architects)

2014 IIDA Northern Pacific Best in Public Award for Northeastern University Seattle Campus (Daniel Toole as Project Designer at Perkins+Will)

2014 DAAD German Federal Graduate Study Scholarship
studying post-Deutsches Werkbund craft culture in architecture for a year based in Berlin

2014 Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship
studying architecture, landscape, and urbanism in Finland, Sweden, and Norway

2011 Cavin Fellowship - First Prize in design competition

2010 AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals Travel Fellowship


Concrete Alley in Architectural Digest

Miami Alleys on ArchDaily

The Atlantic Citylab

Town & Country

"City Meets the Mountain" in Harvard GSD Platform 7


Architect magazine

Residential Architect magazine

Atlantic Citylab

Daniel Toole Architecture