Thom Faulders

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Thom Faulders, founder of FAULDERS STUDIO, works at the intersection of commissioned architecture, speculative design research, and museum and gallery exhibitions. The multi-disciplinary practice believes that the design of today’s built the environment can be positioned as an open condition: a responsive medium formed in direct exchange with dynamic contextual phenomena and innovative perceptual tactics. With a focus on non-standard production methodologies and new material applications, the projects embed architecture with spatial variability that sync stability with change, and are informed through and defined by investigations into emergent behaviors of complex systems.

Participation in leading international museum and gallery venues includes the Centre Pompidou (2018), FRAC Centre Orleans in France, Oslo Triennale, SOMarts Cultural Center San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, New York Center for Architecture, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, Lisbon International Biennale, Maison de l’Architecture et de La Ville, Kunstlerhaus Vienna, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art San Francisco, and is included in the permanent architecture and design collections at the FRAC Centre Orleans and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Awards include AIA New Practices Award, AIA Building Awards, Emerging Architect Award from the Architecture League of New York, SFMOMA Experimental Design Award, Society of Environmental Graphic Design Award, Private Plots International Design Awards, Winning Competition Award SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission, Miami Bienal + Beach Competition Award, plus others. Recent winning commissions include Portland State University SRTC public art project, and TriMet Light Rail extension public art project in Portland.

Thom Faulders has been invited to lecture internationally, recently at the International Union of Architects Congress in Seoul; Bartlett School of Architecture, London; California State University Florence, Italy; Kent State University, Florence, Italy; 7th Annual Tall Building Conference, Singapore; American University, Dubai, UAE; International Colloquium of Architecture, Leon, Mexico; American University, Sharjah, UAE; and Swedish Institute of Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden. The work of FAULDERS STUDIO is published internationally in books and press on contemporary design and theory. Thom Faulders is licensed to practice architecture in California and Florida. He has taught at UC Berkeley and KTH in Stockholm, and has led design workshops at Tulane University, AUD Dubai, SCI-Arc, and Cal Poly SLO. He is currently Professor of Architecture at CCA, Coordinator for MArch Thesis, and founding faculty member for CCA’s Advanced Studio sequence. Faulders teaches the Future Matter seminar, and recent studios explore empirical representation methods via forward-looking designs for tall buildings.


Professor, Architecture

BArch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; MArch, Cranbrook Academy of Art