Thom is the founder and CEO of TCA Architects. Under Thom’s guidance, TCA has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in creative, cost effective and cutting edge design of the built environment. Thom founded TCA more than 25 years ago with the goal of integrating design, technology, and new materials in the formulation of the next generation of sustainable, mixed-use, urban infill communities. TCA has a broad platform of urban housing, retail, hospitality, and graphic design services. Operating out of three California based studios (Irvine, Los Angeles and Oakland) the firm collaborates with many of the nation’s leading developers on a portfolio of projects spanning from the eastern seaboard to the entirety of California.
In 2014, Thom opened the Bay Area Studio of TCA. His pioneering spirit and passion for excellence in design continues as he currently guides the growth of the Oakland studio to a skilled team of 25 professionals and over 30 active projects. TCA’s 25 years of expertise has been honored numerous times for design excellence by: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), National Association Home Builders (Pillars of the Industry Awards), Pacific Coast Builders Conference (Gold Nugget Awards), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Thom currently a Member and Governor of Urban Land Institute (ULI), and serves on the Multifamily Green Product Council. He shares his passion for design by speaking as an expert at industry events nation-wide, including; PCBC, Multi-Family Trends, BALA, Multi-Family Executive, University Southern California (USC), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC.)
Thom holds a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from the California State University at Pomona and is licensed in the states of CA, HI, AZ, and NV. A veteran of the United States Navy, Submarine Service, Thom utilizes his love for cycling to raise funds and awareness for the fight against AIDS, participating in the annual 545 mile, San Francisco to Los Angeles, AIDS/LifeCycle ‘Ride to End Aids’. Thom enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, and granddaughters and travels extensively exploring the wonders of the world we live in.
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Master of Architecture
California State Polytechnic University Pomona, CA
Bachelor of Science, Architecture California State Polytechnic University Pomona, CA
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Multifamily Housing Green Council
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC)
American Planning Association (APA)
Mr. Ron Zeff, Founder & CEO
Mr. Dan Garibaldi, Managing Partner
Mr. Donald Peterson, West Coast Managing Director
Mill Creek Residential
Mr. Scott Youdall, Development Partner – SF/Bay Area
The Hanover Company