Tom's interest in sustainable design was ignited by his work on the University of Virginia's solar house for the inaugural Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. He then worked as an HVAC engineer before deciding to follow his passion for architecture to the University of Oregon. While there, he held a graduate research fellowship with the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory where he collaborated with architects to make efficient use of daylighting and provided recommendations for energy saving design approaches. Tom has worked at Hoefer Wysocki Architects in Kansas City, MO and now works at WDM Architects in Wichita, KS, where he strives to view the projects with which he is involved holistically. Tom is also the Programs chair for the USGBC Central Plains - Wichita branch and is a member of the Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment, where he helps to conduct waste assessments for local businesses.