Growing up, Thomas always carried a sketch pad and had a penchant for puzzles, but it was when his parents bought a parcel of land and he was able to watch the houses go up in the neighborhood that he realized he wanted to be an architect. In those days he would reflect on what he would do differently if he were the one in charge of the project, and today he gets his energy from problem-solving.
Thomas’s education at Fort Hays State University was broad, touching on electrical, mechanical, civil, and architectural sciences. While at FHSU he worked for the campus architect and interned in Wichita, KS. After graduation he worked as a draftsman. However, with a growing family, he wanted more responsibility, and he returned to school for his Master of Architecture. He is currently working toward receiving his architectural license.
Although his background is mainly in educational and civic projects, at SDG Thomas has enjoyed working on a variety of projects including residential, country clubs, and medical facilities.
The first one of anything - like the first time working with a large firm for a project, or the first time doing a residential project.
The people, and getting to see many possibilities of shaping Topeka that we do here.
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Victor Borge
I’d build a huge man shed where I could do wood-working and daydream all day long.
Losing a limb in a bass-fishing accident or something like that.
Design-build. Many students have not worked with tools or in an architecture firm. I guess this taught me more about leadership and I think that is a quality that is sometimes hard to learn or understand.