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Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

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Tom’s journey from Seoul, Korea, where he was born and raised in his early childhood, to the US where he grew up and was educated gives him a deep multi-cultural understanding of design in its cultural context. He views Architecture as one of the last remaining Renaissance profession in its confluence of art, culture, technology, and business. Educated at the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Tom is a dynamic and talented design leader with the ability to inspire others. In his over 20 years with the firm, he has been the primary designer for a number of the firm’s most prominent award-winning projects. He has an exceptional talent for leading the design of complex projects with an unusual ability to listen and transform the clients’ expressed needs into a compelling architectural expression. Within the studio, he is a mentor and advisor to the next generation of young designers. As adjunct faculty, Tom has taught design studios at Northeastern University School of Architecture and Wentworth Institute of Technology, exploring architecture, urban design and advanced timber technologies. Tom speaks nationally on advanced timber design and serves on design reviews and award juries throughout the country. He is a Trustee of Boston By Foot, a non-profit educational organization that promotes walking tours of Boston-its history and architecture, and serves on the Design Professionals Advisory Council at Wentworth Institute of Technology.