Thomas Wensing

Thomas Wensing

New York, NY, US

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I am licensed architect in the Netherlands and the UK (Architects Registration Board) with 20 years of relevant experience. I teach Architecture History and Theory at Kean University.

As principal of I collaborate with many practices and have worked for distinguished clients. Most recently I worked as a Senior Designer for S9 Architects in NYC on commercial and mixed-use projects. At Morris Adjmi Architects I defined the design concept on many successful residential urban infill projects in historic districts. Other work included a pedestrian commercial district, ground-up residential, hospitality and commercial work.

The projects I was most intimately involved with, namely 45 east 7th street and the Grand Mulberry in Little Italy, have been recognized through awards and coverage in the regular and professional press, such as the NYT, deZeen and Metropolis. My day-to-day included client presentations, DOB and LPC submissions, as well as internal design reviews. For 625 and 658 Driggs Ave in Williamsburg, two residential projects of 30,750SF and 27,000SF respectively, I worked with the design team to put together construction documents and did construction administration.

Before moving to New York I worked for three years as project architect at David Chipperfield Architects in London, UK, where work included the adaptive re-use of the Grade I listed High House for the internationally renowned artists Antony Gormley and Vicken Parsons.

Passionate, driven and socially conscious, I always aim to make a difference in a team. My preferred working method is to combine computer aided design in 3D with model building and sketching. Strong concepts and effective storyboards are developed to work through a design problem and communicate solutions to the design team and client. My excellent communication skills, charm and integrity foster strong personal relationships. I combine pragmatism with idealism and have been able to get numerous complex projects across the finish line.

I graduated in 2005 from the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MScAAD) at Columbia University on a Fulbright Scholarship and hold a Master of Architecture Degree from Delft University (2001). My first array in architecture was a social housing project in Duncan Village township in East London, South Africa for the NGO Afesis-Corplan. This early experience has inspired my work towards a more just and beautiful society ever since. I write articles for publications such as and Blueprint Magazine.

Employment, New York, NY, US, Principal

tw-studio is a young office dedicated to architecture as a social practice. Collaborative in nature it consists of a research and project arm. After its inception in January 2022 it has received commissions in New York and presented its research efforts at Delft University in the Netherlands.

Jan 2022 - current

Kean University, Union, NJ, US, Lecturer

Lecturer in the history and theory of architecture.

Jan 2021 - current

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Instructor at the School for Professional Studies

Instructor of summer courses in architecture: Introduction to Architectural Design and Theory, Introduction to Architectural Practice in New York City

Jun 2023 - Aug 2023

S9 Architecture, New York, Senior Designer

Senior Architect working closely with design principals and project architects and project managers, leading project teams in the SD, DD stages and detailing of projects.

Jun 2022 - Oct 2022

MA | Morris Adjmi Architects, New York, NY, US, Senior Architectural Designer

As a Senior Designer I worked across studios with the design team in the SD and DD stages to formulate the design concept and aesthetic of the project. This work included client presentations, DOB (NYC Department of Buildings) and LPC (Landmarks Preservation Commission) submissions, and internal design reviews.
In addition my responsibilities included construction administration, lectures about the history and ethos of the firm, writing project descriptions and design competitions.

Jan 2016 - Sep 2020

Lang Architecture, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Worked as a project architect on various residential projects including townhouses in Brooklyn and Manhattan and a Passive House project in Pennsylvania.
Construction administration on an Upper West Side townhouse.

Jul 2013 - Dec 2015

David Chipperfield Architects, London, GB, Project Architect

Project architect on the conversion of a Grade I listed manor house and stables to a studio complex for an internationally renowned sculptor.
Architect on an outline planning application for a new town center for Canada Water, London and to a planning application for Elizabeth House, a large commercial development in Waterloo, London. Worked on several competition proposals.

Aug 2010 - Apr 2013

E2 Architecture, London, GB, Architect

Design and specifications for the renovation of two Grade II listed residential properties in Pimlico, London

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Kent School of Architecture and Planning, Canterbury, GB, Associate Lecturer

Spring 2010: Module Convenor of Stage 4 – “Marine Agriculture Center in Folkestone”, design studio Stage 3 and Stage 5.
Autumn 2009: design studio Stage 3, Modernisms Seminar (with Dr. G. Adler), Stage 1, Introduction to Architecture Lecture Course.
Spring 2009: Module Convenor of Stage 2 – “Landscape: The Edge between Cultivation and Wilderness.”, design studio Stage 3.
Autumn 2008: design studio Stage 3

Sep 2008 - Aug 2010

Meld Architecture, London, GB, Director

Design and construction documents for the renovation of a Grade II listed property in Islington, London, including the conversion of the lower ground floor into a recording studio and guest accommodation.

Jan 2009 - May 2010

Studio Seventi, London, GB, Partner

Partner and Project Architect
Design, planning and construction of a number of residential projects.

Jan 2008 - Dec 2008

Fontys Hogescholen / Academie voor Architectuur en Stedenbouw Tilburg, Tilburg, NL, Design Studio Tutor

First year Studio Tutor in the Masters Program with Dr. Sang Lee.
Convened and co-wrote “Fashion and Architecture” Spring 2007, “Architectonics of Narratives” Summer 2008.

Jan 2007 - Oct 2008

Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, GB, Visiting teacher

Invited teacher in the AA summer program.

Jun 2008 - Jun 2008

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, NL, Module Coordinator / Docent

1st and 3rd year studio teacher – Module Convenor of Studio “European Skyscraper- Dutch Manhattanism”

Jan 2007 - Aug 2007

Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, Rotterdam, NL, Design tutor

Tutor at Summer School with J. van Rijs (MVRDV) and Wouter van Stiphout (Crimson) in July 2006, and with J. van Rijs (MVRDV) and R. Gietema (KCAP) in July 2007 respectively.

Jul 2006 - Jul 2007

Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, London, GB, Design tutor

Tutor at Summer School with Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV) and Wouter van Stiphout (Crimson)

Jul 2006 - Jul 2006

Bogue Trondowski Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural designer

Architectural Designer. Projects included 9th Ave. Loft, NYC, Idaho Guest Compound, Kitchen in Darien, CT. Darien project published in Architectural Record, July 2007, p.194

Aug 2005 - Jun 2006

Jo Coenen & Partners Architects, Amsterdam, NL, Architect

Architectural Assistant. Design, Drawings for publication, Modelmaking.
Jo Coenen – From Urban Design to Architectural Detail, Birkhäuser, 2005

Feb 2004 - May 2004

Architecten aan de Maas, Rotterdam, NL, Architectural Assistant

Architectural Assistant. Design and drafting work on several institutional commissions in healthcare and education.

Apr 2002 - Sep 2003

Arcadis, Hoofddorp, NL, Draftsman

Draftsman on sound proofing of residential properties in the vicinity of Schiphol Airport.

Jul 2000 - Jul 2001

Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (ActionAid), Amsterdam, NL, Intern, Architectural Designer

Design and site supervision for exhibition at Africa Museum, Berg en Dal, NL

Apr 1997 - Aug 1997

Afesis-Corplan, East London, RSA, Architectural Apprentice, Research

Employed as an architectural apprentice in an informal housing upgrading project, conducted academic survey.

Jan 1996 - Jun 1996


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Advanced Architectural Design

Design studio with William MacDonald, with Paul Byard and Craig Konyk, and, finally, with Andrew MacNair.
Seminars with Prof. Kenneth Frampton, Kate Orff, Daniel Sherer, etc. Teaching Assistant of Yehuda Safran.

May 2004 - Jun 2005

Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), Delft, NL, MArch, Masters of Architecture

Delft Master of Architecture is a 6 year combined bachelor and masters program. This period includes a leave of absence.

Sep 1991 - Jan 2001


NAF Fulbright Scholar, Grant

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Netherland America Foundation seeks to further the bonds between the United States and the Netherlands through exchanges in the arts, sciences, education, business and public affairs.


Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude, Scholarship

In 1754 Maria van Duyst van Voorhout bequeaths 1,500,000 guilders to fund the education and upbringing of orphans in The Hague, Delft and Utrecht. The foundation has since evolved to a scholarship fund which supports promising students of limited means with scholarships or grants.


Genootschap Noorthey, Scholarship

The educator Petrus de Raadt established the boarding school Noorthey in Voorschoten in 1820. His estate aims to continue his legacy as a philanthropist and educator since 1862.


Hendrik Muller Fonds, Grant

Hendrik Muller Vaderlandsch Fonds is established in 1941 in the memory of the merchant, scientist and diplomat Hendrik Muller who left his estate to further education and scientific research. Aim is to support young talent in both sciences and humanities, as reflected in the support of scientific publications and cultural awards.


Van Eesteren-Fluck & van Lohuizen Stichting, Grant

The EFL Stichting honors the legacy of the architect and urban planner prof. Cornelis van Eesteren and the urban planner Th.K. van Lohuizen.
They support innovative research and education in the field of architecture and urban planning.


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