Eugene ‘Geno’ Schiavo


Geno provides senior leadership to Thriven Design as a Principal and leader in the Asset Preservation studio. He is both a licensed architect and a licensed planner, and is one of Thriven Design’s biggest proponents of interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing across the professional services of architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design.

Geno instills his work with a philosophy rooted in sustainable design and practical constructibility. When he joined the firm in 1984, Geno brought, what was at that time, a rare expertise in the principles and practices of sustainable design. A published author of publications related to the concepts of green design, he continues to lead the firm and industry in the integration of practical sustainable design methodologies with sound architectural principles. His passion for attending to the details of building construction has contributed to an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects that encompass historic preservation, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, and new construction related to residential, institutional, healthcare, and commercial projects.

Geno is a graduate of Catholic University where he pursued a Master’s in Architecture with a focus on Energy, Solar, and Sustainability. His passion for sustainable design and his enthusiasm to directly address the Energy Crisis of the 1970s led him to a professional emphasis on the renovation, adaptive reuse and preservation of existing buildings — one of the “greenest” of options for building owners when compared with new construction.

As senior leader in Thriven Design’s Asset Preservation studio, Geno provides technical guidance, mentorship, and oversight to a multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers, and interior designers, while also giving comprehensive client support to municipal, housing authority, public and private developers.