Tom received his B.A. Degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. While still attending school, Tom won first place, including the design commission, 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.
Upon graduation, Tom worked for a mid-sized architectural and industrial design firm, deTienne Associates in San Francisco, designing office buildings, corporate interiors and developed new product concepts for workstations and work environments for Herman Miller, Inc. Some of the work and findings have been published in Facilities Design & Management.
Since then Tom worked with In-house architectural director, Bruce Slesinger at Esprit de Corp helping to define Esprit’s retail image worldwide, through the design of retail stores, showrooms, custom furniture and store fixtures. Tom and Bruce’s successful working partnership inspired them to open their own design firm BruceAndTom (BAT) in 1993.
BruceAndTom (BAT) is listed in VM&SD as one of the top 50 Design Firms and Display & Design Ideas (DDI) as one of the top 100 Retail Design Firms since 1996. With a primary focus on Retail and Commercial design, a few of the retail identities BruceAndTom have created are: Hot Topic – Blackheart, Gymboree, bebe, Discovery Channel, Janie and Jack, Fila, Adidas and Reebok.
In the last 5 years, BruceAndTom have been involved in developing and operating several new and innovative retail food companies in the SOMA area of San Francisco: Small Foods and The Market on Market Street with an eye on expanding these concepts nationally. He also currently teaches at the Academy.