tue22sep7:00 pmtue8:30 pmTools to Unlock Your Creativity, with interior architect Collom7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Details

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7 pm PDT, Academy of Art University and the School of Interior Architecture & Design (IAD) invites you to a free interactive workshop entitled, Tools to Unlock Your Creativity, with interior architect Tom Collom. If you’d like to learn how to break free of the mundane and tap your deepest veins of creativity, this workshop is for you. Utilizing principles of expansive thought and cutting-edge problem-solving techniques, you’ll learn to escape the reproductive thought process and open up possibilities with Productive Thinking. We will warm up with calisthenics for the mind, a Creative Stretch, then activate all our senses before taking the deep dive into learning about the principles that underlie the creative thought process. Prepare to be challenged and changed!


  1. Power of Creativity
  2. Creative Stretch
  3. Mind-Mapping (Divergent Thinking)
  4. Flash of Brilliance – Towards the Best Idea (Convergent Thinking)


Tom Collom

Tom received a B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley. While still a student, Tom won first place in the National Endowment for the Arts sponsored, “National Cityscape Design Competition,” for a site specific sculpture park in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tom’s experience spans many design fields including city and regional planning, architecture, retail, corporate interiors, landscape and industrial design.

Tom teamed up with Esprit de Corp architectural director Bruce Slesinger to define Esprit’s retail image worldwide, including retail stores, showrooms, custom furniture, and store fixtures. That working partnership inspired them to open BruceAndTom (BAT) in 1993, which is now an award-winning design firm developing retail identities for Hot Topic–Blackheart, Gymboree, bebe, Discovery Channel, Janie and Jack, Fila, Adidas, Reebok, and more.

More recently, BruceAndTom have been developing and operating several innovative retail food companies in the SOMA area of San Francisco.


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

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