Tom works at the intersection of architecture, lab and space planning, and data analysis. As the founder of Payette’s Space Strategies Group, he leads planning and programming work across the office helping clients untangle and synthesize goals, needs and opportunities to make strategic decisions about space and capital investments. With over 20 years of experience in the programming and planning of academic science, engineering and medical programs, he provides clients with perspective on the best practices, trends and metrics that result in visionary projects that blend innovations in curricula, pedagogy and thematic research with new ways to design and use space. Tom orchestrates a collaborative process, leveraging a sophisticated toolkit of data analyses, interactive software and lab planning dashboards to provide each client with a unique process tailored to their needs. His passion for architecture focuses on maximizing resources and impact by helping clients decide where to invest, what to build or renovate and who it can serve.
“If we can better estimate demand, understand use patterns and figure out the social and cultural aspects to our clients, we have more inputs with which to be creative. These tools act as a mirror for clients and ourselves to agree on an objective picture of reality and inform decisions that make architecture resonate more deeply.”
B. Arch. with Honors, 2000, the University of Texas at Austin