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Awards


2020

AIA Next LA Design Honor Award

for the Dark Chalet

AIA Next LA Merit Award

for Orange Barrel Media Headquarters

2017

AIA Next LA Design Honor Award

for the Sunset Spectacular

Los Angeles Business Council Design Award

for Main Museum of Los Angeles Art

Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

for Main Museum of Los Angeles Art

2016

Nominated for the USA Artists Award


Winner of the West Hollywood Sunset Spectacular Competition


2015

AIA Next LA Design Award

for The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art

2014

AIA Next LA Design Honor Award

for Kinmen Passenger Service Center

Second Prize, Stage II, Kinmen Passenger Service Center Competition

Open International competition

2013

Winner, MoCA Pavilion for The New Sculpturalism Competition

Invited competition

2011

First Prize, Shenyang Civic Sports Center Competition

Invited competition

First Prize, Shenyang National Games Judo Arena Competition

Invited competition

2010

AIA Award winner, ARCH_IS ‘Young Architectural Talent’ Award


2009

‘Best and Brightest’, Esquire Magazine


ICON Magazine’s ‘20 Architects Who Will Shape the Future’


2008

Selected as one of ICON Magazine‘s ‘50 Most Influential Design Practices’


2007

Second Prize in Novosibirsk Pavilion Competition

Open international competition

Finalist, Stage II, Czech National Library Competition

Open international competition

2005

Second Prize in Seoul Performing Arts Center Competition

Open international competition

2004

Architectural League Young Architect’s Prize



2003

2004 NY Engineering Awards - Platinum Award for P.S.1



MoMA/ P.S.1 Young Architect Award

Accolades

"This project [The Dark Chalet] is unanimously recognized for its aggressive rigor, control over gravity, and materiality, adding grace to complexity. We should all sleep better at night knowing that beneath the nerve-wracking gymnastics, there is an underlying performance rationale. Undeniably, it is a dastardly, indivisible fusion of tectonics and stereotomy. Grotesque yet inexplicably attractive, it is a strange, mesmerizing new realm where familiar associations weirdly unfold and unravel."
- Michael Fox, David Hertz, Kunlé Adeyemi, Mohamed Sharif AIA LA Next LA Jury
"This project [OBM HQ] exudes great vim, vigor, and intoxicating character. The project adopts a convincing strategy for spacemaking and a commitment to performalism. Everyone who works there will be completely and pleasantly surprised their building is so rationalized beneath the surface."
- Michael Fox, David Hertz, Kunlé Adeyemi, Mohamed Sharif AIA LA Next LA Jury
“Tom is one of the most inspiring and engaging architects I have ever worked with. His work is beautiful, relentless, and technologically innovative. As a leader in the solar industry, I am particularly impressed with the 364% energy positive solar system that Tom designed for my project -- an audacious achievement perfectly integrated into the architectural form. Tom is also a true leader: attentive and responsive to me as his client and to the other stakeholders involved, and yet always surefootedly committed to the integrity of the design vision and to ensuring its execution in the world without compromise. I consider him to be a world class talent."
- Tom Buttgenbach, Co-founder and CEO of 8Minute Energy Developer of the largest solar fields in the U.S. 6,092,826,119 kWh of solar energy produced to date...and counting.
“I am convinced that Tom is one of the most important young architects working in the United States today. I admire his work for its formal and conceptual inventiveness, but also for its deep-rooted constructability. His design for The Main Museum is premised on the idea of weaving existing historical features together with bold, contemporary architecture, creating an incredible resonance."
- Tom Gilmore, Developer Responsible for the renaissance of downtown Los Angeles, client for the Main Museum.