Tony began his love for the outdoor environment while going on weekend camping trips with his family growing up in central Illinois. His initial learning experiences at such an impressionable age grew into a passion for appreciating nature and its ever changing personality. Way before his college years, Tony always found a particular calling with the creative, yet sometimes structured, opportunities in his art and drafting classes. His late teen years of first studying architecture while working for a civil engineer opened his eyes to a new profession he did not know even existed at the time.
Tony received an associates in Architectural Construction technologies at Illinois Central College in Peoria, Illinois in 1991 and a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign in 1994. Upon graduation, Tony moved to Chicago to begin his career with an award-winning landscape architecture design-build firm located in the North Shore. He gained 10 years of invaluable experience at this company prior to co-founding Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture Workshop in 2004.
Tony thoroughly enjoys the design process with every project as each client brings a unique experience to the firm. His biggest enjoyment comes when a design grows into reality and the client or group of users first react with the firm’s newly built project. While collaborating with his partner on each project, Tony has found that successful design comes from careful listening to the client’s overall goals, thorough research, whether historic or modern, and just pure passion for creative design solutions.
Tony resides with his wife and three children in the historically rich village of Oak Park, Illinois. His enjoyment of its local culture between the numerous Frank Lloyd Wright homes and Jens Jensen parks led him to volunteering as a commissioner for the Historic Preservation Commission. His current affiliation with the HPC has also led to volunteer positions with the Architectural Review Committee and Downtown Streetscapes Committee. These committees play a key role in shaping and maintaining Oak Park’s significant architectural heritage in the Chicago area. In his spare time, Tony enjoys traveling with his family, Cubs games and running marathons for a cancer research charity. Particular enjoyable activities with his kids include vegetable gardening, sketching, biking, running and watching their weekend soccer games.