Tom Ames

Tom Ames

Oakland, CA, US


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Tom holds a Masters of Design Research in Urban Design, Planning and Policy from SCI-Arc, in addition to a Professional Bachelors of Architecture from Oklahoma State University. This complimentary education bridges traditional, handmade, beaux-arts architectural techniques and craft with cutting-edge, parametric, digitally driven design and fabrication. This has ensured Tom's ability to be both conceptually minded and construction oriented.

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

With a diverse background that has influenced his loves of Architecture, Urbanism, Socially Responsible Design, and Green Building & Living; Tom believes that there is no separation between the natural environment and the built environment, and is 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 hospitality projects. RYS Architects specializes in architectural solutions in mid to high-end franchised hospitality, resort, and multifamily residential projects. All projects fully developed, documented, and implemented using AutoDesk Revit.

Jul 2013 - current

Arquitectonica, Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Designer

Assisted 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 an underground 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

Conducted site surveys, created conceptual, working, as-built and shop drawings, communicated with manufacturers and contractors, and detailed built-ins and custom furniture pieces. Judith Lance, Inc, is a high-end custom interior and furniture design studio based in Hollywood.

May 2012 - Sep 2012

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

As a competition intern architect, Tom developed research and analysis, assisted conceptual design and design development of high profile international architectural competitions. Tom was instrumental in creating drawings, diagrams, graphics, and competition board layouts. Competitions included the Helsinki Central Library and Piraeus Antiquities Museum in Athens.

Helsinki Central Library Entry:

Feb 2012 - May 2012

CannonDesign, Washington, DC, US, Intern Architect

Expedited the preparation of research, preparing construction and working drawings, transposing red-lines, corresponding with product representatives, and detailing different stages of architectural working drawings. Additionally created client presentations, material boards, and photoshop visualizations. The office was fully REVIT-integrated, as well as focused on the implementation of LEED- based 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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