Thom Faulders is the founder of FAULDERS STUDIO, an award-winning architecture and design office with projects spanning a diverse range of building scales. With an equal footing in speculative research and applied practice his work integrates innovative material performance, user perception, and environmental exigencies to pursue architecture as an open and dynamic condition. Architecture is critically examined not as static form or pre-programmed space, but as an arena for adaptive opportunities and responsive possibilities. This is a forward-thinking and exploratory approach to creating spaces, articulated through and defined by the relationships linking functionality and subjective engagement, optical and tactile conditions, or a building and its surroundings. Ranging from temporary exhibitions to full-scale buildings, FAULDERS STUDIO is internationally recognized for its innovative practice and development of new building fabrication processes and material hybrids. Thom Faulders’ work is included in the Permanent Architecture and Design Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is included in leading international exhibitions and publications.
Recent awards include a New Practices Award from the San Francisco AIA; winner of the Rising Tides Competition sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; and Top 25 International Projects for Private Plots International Competition in Austria. Faulders received an Emerging Architect Award from the Architectural League of New York, and he is a recipient of the SFMOMA Experimental Design Award 2001.
Recent exhibitions include BAMscape at the UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Sensate: Bodies and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Learning Modern at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Architecture and Lace at the Maison De l’Architecture et De La Ville in Euralille, France; New Practices San Francisco at the Center for Architecture in New York; and Case per Tutti at the Fondazione La Triennale di Milano. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, permanent collection exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Lisbon International Biennale, and the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna.
Associate Professor, Architecture