Marco Antonio Rico Thirion

Undergraduate Major/Minor

Civil Engineering

MES Concentration

Adaptation and Resilience

Research Interests

Master planning of transit & pedestrian oriented communities, sustainability performance of neighbourhoods, built Environment & infrastructure design, digital twin modelling, BIM design, generative design, biomimicry design, circular economy.


Dr. John Alstan Jakubiec

Awards won (going into the MES program)

UofT School of Cities: Urban Leadership Fellowship & Academy Award; Regional Group Prize for Presentation & Paper on BIM in Engineering; Special Recognition Award for Strive for 65 Client Engagement Campaign

What interested you in the MES program?

The MES program brings together diverse, interdisciplinary understandings of sustainability and our environment. It allows students to explore topics that exist at the boundaries of various disciplines but still concern the future of our environment and our interactions with it.

What do you hope to gain from the MES program?

Obtain the necessary tools, scientific and analytical approaches, knowledge and connectivity with both academic, professionals, city officials and stakeholders to address sustainability in our communities and cities for current and future generations.

Future Aspirations (career, education, etc.)

Promote, lead and collaborate on the planning and execution of neighbourhoods that can adapt, be resilient, and promotes a healthy, fair and sustainable environment not only for its current inhabitants but for future generations as well.

Anything else you'd like to add (interests, hobbies, relevant previous experiences, etc.)

I have a passion to promote the use of latest digital design technologies, including Computational Engineering, AI, and Generative Design for the development of digital twin infrastructure and urban development projects to forecast engineering and constructability planning, feasibility and performance in Built Environment, Transit and Infrastructure projects.