Thao T Tropea

Thao T Tropea

Los Angeles, CA, US



Thao founded studio t(h)ao in 2023 after freelancing since 2017. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc. Thao oversees and supports the overall process of every project from inception to completion. 

Her professional career began with internships at SFA Design and Platform for Architecture + Research leading to work experiences at Andmore Partners, Inc and Nardi Associates LLP. Thao has worked on a wide range of projects with an emphasis on custom single-family residences, mixed-use developments, and ADU projects in the Southern California region.

Thao has high appreciation for all things design and loves to work with her hands. Outside of architecture and inside her workshop, Thao indulges with materials ranging from wood to fabric to make things. After all, she is a maker at heart.



Studio Thao, Arcadia, CA, US, Principal & Founder

May 2023 - current

Nardi Associates LLP, Monrovia, CA, US, Designer

Apr 2021 - Mar 2023

Andmore Partners, inc., Los Angeles, CA, Junior Designer

Assisted Principal/Design Director in 65-unit apartment (45,000sf), Olympic Medical Building (10,440sf), Melody House (3,500sf), WMC Meditation Center Master Plan.

Developed and explored design alternatives, code analysis, building detailing, and integration of building systems (structure, MEP, landscape) throughout the design process.

Produced presentation drawings that communicated design concept to clients.

Assisted in selection and presentation of furniture, fabrics and equipment (FF&E).

Built physical models using foam, basswood, museum board and 3D printed parts.

Sep 2016 - Jun 2018

Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR), Los Angeles, CA, Architectural Intern

Performed design computations, model-building to scale, graphic representation, and renderings for residential and institutional projects.

Worked closely with the Principal in designing the Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki Competition from schematic design to submission phases (submission was one of ArchDaily's top 50 of 1715 entries).

Collaborated with team members to prepare working drawings and construction documents, correcting and updating drawings for T-House (a two-story, single family residence in Washington, DC).

Jul 2014 - Sep 2014

sfa Design, Los Angeles, CA, Intern

Assisted Senior Designers in hospitality and residential projects, color boards and design research.

Contacted vendors for pricing, availability and samples.

Maintained and organized material library.

Aug 2013 - Oct 2013

PCC Architecture Gallery + Exhibit, Pasadena, CA, Curator

One of two students selected by the head of architecture to curate and showcase recent architectural work of approximately 30 students for the end of year exhibit.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2013


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2013 - Apr 2016

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, Architecture

Feb 2011 - Jun 2013


Work Selected for SCI-Arc's Spring Show, Other


SCI-Arc Continuing Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


Work Selected for SCI-Arc's Spring Show, Other


SCI-Arc Continuing Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


SCI-Arc Admissions Scholarship, Scholarship


The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship, Nomination


1:2 AIA|LA Interior Architecture Competition, Honorable Mention


Areas of Specialization