Tom originally studied architecture in his home city of Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago, obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Studies in 2007. Experiencing and studying the urban condition in Chicago had a profound impact on the way Tom views architecture and its role in the cultural identity of a city and region.
After graduating from UIC, Tom began working at Vinci|Hamp Architects in Chicago, working on projects as diverse as single family residential, museum exhibition design, and the preservation and renovation of historic buildings from a Frank Lloyd Wright home to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Tom then spent three years in Philadelphia, earning his Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of Pennsylvania which he received in 2011. During this time he also spent five months living in London and studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture as a visiting student.
Upon receiving his Masters Degree, Tom moved to the west coast to avoid the mountains of snow plaguing the winters of Chicago, and to continue his professional career with CCS in San Francisco.