Tom Parks, AIA, grew up in northern New York State, received a bachelor's degree in philosophy at the University of Rochester and a Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico. He continued his design education after graduate school working for Antoine Predock in Albuquerque and by touring Europe by bicycle. He settled in Boston in 1985 and worked for several Boston firms on projects ranging from Plimoth Plantation Visitors' Center to Boston Symphony Hall before founding his own architecture practice. He began his teaching career at the Boston Architectural Center (now College) in 1987, followed by 10 years at Wentworth Institute of Technology teaching at all levels in the undergraduate architecture program, including in the school's semester abroad program in France. He later served as Architecture Department head.
Tom helped launch the low-residency M.Arch program in 2007 and assumed the role of director in 2008 until September 2015; he has overseen development of an expanded curriculum that has pioneered the use of online learning in a professional architecture degree program.
A licensed architect in Massachusetts and active member of the Boston Society of Architects, Tom lives car-less in Boston's South End with his pastry chef wife, Suzi, two cats, and three bikes.