Tom Ames

Tom Ames

Oakland, CA, US


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I hold a Masters of Design Research in Urban Design, Planning and Policy from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in addition to a Professional Bachelors of Architecture from Oklahoma State University. My complimentary education bridges traditional, handmade, beaux-arts architectural techniques and craft with cutting-edge, parametric, digitally driven design and fabrication. This has ensured my ability to be both conceptually minded and construction oriented.

I have worked on a wide range on projects both large and small, boutique and commercial, and have years of experience in the multifamily residential and hospitality sectors. I am fluent in current graphics, building information modeling, and parametric modeling software applications, as well as their implementation in contemporary practice. I am currently working to obtain professional certifications and architectural licensure.

My diverse background has influenced my loves of Architecture, Urbanism, Socially Responsible Design, and Green Building & Living. I believe that there is no separation between the natural environment and the built environment, and I am dedicated to improving the quality of both.



RYS Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Designer

Involved in all aspects of architectural production from yield analysis and schematic design to construction documents on a variety of projects. RYS Architects specializes in architectural solutions in mid to high-end franchised hospitality, resort, and multifamily residential projects.

Jul 2013 - current

Arquitectonica, Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Designer

Assisted the production of Design Development Drawings for a nineteen story, 500 unit mixed-use apartment complex in San Francisco. The project scope consisted of the tower over a parking garage, a landscaped plaza, and street-level retail, phase three out of four. Collaborated on much of the drawing set, specifically focusing on the facade design and coordination with other aspects of the project.

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Judith Lance, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Technical Designer

At Judith Lance, Inc, a high-end custom interior and furniture design studio, I conducted site surveys, created conceptual, working, and shop drawings, communicated with manufacturers and contractors, and detailed built-ins and custom furniture pieces.

May 2012 - Sep 2012

Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR), Los Angeles, CA, US, Competition Intern Architect

As a competition intern architect, I developed research and analysis, assisted conceptual design and design development of high profile international architectural competitions. Additionally, I created drawings, diagrams, graphics, and competition board layouts. Competitions included the Helsinki Central Library and Piraeus Underwater Archeology Museum in Athens.

Helsinki Central Library Entry:

Feb 2012 - May 2012

CannonDesign, Washington, DC, US, Intern Architect

My role as a Technical Intern encompassed expediting the preparation of research, preparing construction and working drawings, transposing red-lines, corresponding with product representatives, and detailing different stages of architectural working drawings. The office was fully REVIT-integrated, as well as focused on the implementation of LEED-recommended sustainable design.

May 2008 - Aug 2008


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Future Initiatives

Master of Design Research in Urban Design, Planning and Policy; Emerging Systems and Technologies.

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, US, BArch, Architecture

NAAB Accredited Bachelor of Architecture (5-year professional degree)
Cum Laude
Minor: History and Theory of Architecture

Aug 2004 - May 2009


Eason Leonard European Study Fellowship, Grant


Locke Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Scholarship


Nye Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Scholarship


Acme Brick Prize Design Competition, 2nd Place


Institutional Nominee Scholarship - Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Scholarship

Provides college tuition and housing expenses for students in the Oklahoma Public School system that demonstrate extraordinary academic ability.


Eagle Scout - Boy Scouts of America, Award

The highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Requirements include the successful completion of a service project that demonstrates leadership ability.


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