Prior to returning to South Carolina in 1996, Tom practiced in New York City for 12 years, working on critically acclaimed projects throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has taught architecture at Clemson University, has frequently served as a guest juror at various architecture schools, and has served on numerous design awards juries. Tom founded the Columbia Design League in 1997 with his wife, Adrienne Montare, FAIA, LEED AP. Together with their two daughters Tom and Adrienne have travelled to 5 continents.


The University of Michigan – Master of Architecture, 1984
Clemson University – Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 1981
University of Michigan George Booth Fellow, 1991

Past Professional Experience

Watson Tate Savory – 1996-Present
Richard Meier and Partners, New York – Associate, 1990-1996
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, New York – Project Architect, 1987-1990
Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, New York – 1984-1987


Jury Chair, AIA East Tennessee Design Awards, 2019
Jury Chair, AIA Middle Tennessee Design Awards, 2017
Jury Chair, AIA New Hampshire Design Awards, 2016
Jury Chair, AIA Indiana Design Awards, 2015
Jury Chair, AIA Detroit, MI, Design Awards, 2013
Jury Chair, AIA North Carolina Tower (Preservation) Awards, 2010
Jury Chair, AIA North Carolina COTE Awards, 2010
Jury Chair, South Carolina CEFPI (K through 12) Awards, 2009
Juror, AIA North Carolina Residential Design Awards, 2014
Juror, AIA Savannah, GA, Design Awards, 2011
Architecture & Design Editor, Undefined Magazine
Adjunct Studio Professor, Clemson University: 2013, 2008
Guest Juror & Studio Critic, UNC Charlotte, NJ Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, Clemson University
Keynote Speaker, SC Historic Preservation Conference, “Columbia’s Modernist Legacy”, 2009
University of Michigan George Booth Fellowship Lecture, 1991


City of Columbia Design/Development Review Commission – Chair, 2018-present, member 2015-present
Columbia Design League – Founder & First President, 1997-2004, 2007-present
Historic Columbia Foundation – Current board member & Preservation Committee chair
Columbia Museum of Art – Past board member
Leadership Columbia – Past board member & Arts Day committee chair
Community Design Center of Columbia – Past board member


North Carolina
South Carolina
New York (inactive)