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January 22, 2015

BAR Welcomes Architect Tom Nelson

San Francisco, CA – A LEED Fellow and founding board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the USGBC, Tom is committed to designing buildings which harness natural systems and minimize their impact on the environment. “In my work at colleges and universities, this commitment has been a major factor in helping me to create an architectural aesthetic that is bio-climatically responsive while creating humane space that is authentic in its context.”

Staying committed to this ethic has enabled Tom to develop a unique expertise in designing higher education facilities for University of California clients at Irvine and San Diego, and for CSU clients at San Bernardino, Long Beach and Fullerton. He has also been responsible for various projects at Chatham University, Drew University, Pierce College and Washington State University.

Along with specializing in higher education for over twenty years, Tom has helped lead the way for sustainable design in commercial and institutional projects. By embracing the use of digital analysis and integrated design, he has been able to create some of the most sustainably minded buildings in California, including the state’s first straw bale office building – the LEED Gold certified Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility. Prior to joining BAR Architects, Tom was a Principal, Senior Designer and a Sustainability Leader for Mithun in Seattle, where he recently completed the design of UC Irvine’s Mesa Court Student Housing which is targeted to receive LEED Platinum certification.

We are pleased to have Tom’s passion for designing environmentally responsive student housing and academic buildings and are excited to enhance our expertise in sustainable design for all of our clients. Welcome aboard Tom!