Committed to making a career out of protecting the environment, Tom started out in the field as a regional land use planner. He sought to make an impact on the planet and advance ideas in sustainability, and in doing so gained a depth of experience working on conservation reports for DuPage County in Chicago’s western suburbs. He worked closely with farmers, tax assessors, governing bodies, and sustainability experts, and after several years realized he had more of a mind for design than for the legal aspects of environmentalism he was so familiar with.
He decided to pursue architecture professionally, and his interest in science led him toward laboratory design. He was invigorated by being able to see tangible results of his work, and uses his background in sustainability and the sciences to inform his practice.