Thomas Butcavage, FAIA, LEED AP, an experienced designer of higher education learning environments, has joined global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. Butcavage is widely recognized for his contributions to instructional facilities, student centers, libraries, and professional schools. Some of his prior projects include Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Dr. Proctor Harvey Teaching Amphitheater, the Media and Journalism School at UNC Chapel Hill, and the recently completed American University Washington College of Law.
“Tom is a recognized leader in creating transformational and enduring academic buildings that shape experience, community, and learning. His passion for research-informed design complements Perkins+Will’s commitment to bringing thought leadership, innovation, and sustainable designs to our clients,” said Chris Morrison, FAIA, Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s Washington, D.C. office.
Butcavage joins Perkins+Will from the D.C. practice of a Detroit-based architecture firm, where he led the programming, planning, and design for academic institutions including the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (Centennial Hall), George Mason University (Founders Hall in Arlington, Virginia), and Georgia State University (College of Law). Among his projects, the Sorenson Language and Communication Center is Gallaudet University’s first building that incorporates deaf design principles for aesthetic and functional characteristics. The Campus Center at Indiana University in Indianapolis invigorates student life and establishes the direction of future development for its 35,000-member campus community.
Butcavage has notable expertise in law school design, having led more than 20 projects dedicated to specialized instruction, research, and legal skills development. His design for the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law became what former Dean Hiram Chodosh called “the most innovative law school in the nation.”
A frequent public speaker, Butcavage regularly shares insights that help guide universities toward creating facilities that have a positive impact on student experience. He has spoken to the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the American Bar Association. Butcavage recently collaborated with scholars and researchers to formalize targeted research and understand the influence of learning environments on student engagement and learning outcomes.
“I am very pleased to join a firm whose strong commitment to innovative design and community-focused values I’ve long admired. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with my talented new colleagues at Perkins+Will in growing the higher education practice and creating engaging and inspiring learning environments,” said Butcavage.
Butcavage holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Art in Art History from Swarthmore College. In February, he was honored with the prestigious designation of Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.