Five College Associate Professor of Architecture and Design
Thom is a practicing architect and graphic designer. His work, in practice and theory, explores concepts of communication through and across various design disciplines. His work is highly
interdisciplinary, taking on a broad range of projects including architecture, interior design, print and web design, corporate branding, film and multimedia. He is the owner and creative director
of Idea Collective, a creative studio focused on brand, environment and ideation. Idea Collective is a five person creative team inventing unique brands, interior design experiences, and print and
digital media in many different industries. It functions as a collective connecting with an array of local and regional artists and creatives. As well, he is designer and collaborator with Wodiczko
+ Bonder, an art and architectural practice focused on public art and design––the team recently completed the Memorial for the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France. He has taught architecture
studios at Columbia University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
As a Five College joint-appointed professor, he teaches a variety of architecture and graphic design courses at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College.
Graphic design is a creative and critical practice at the intersection of communication and abstraction. The process of learning graphic design is two-fold, and students in this course will engage both areas: first, students will develop knowledge and fluency with design skills--in this case, software (Photoshop/Illustrator); second students will address the challenges of design head-on through discussion, practice, iteration, critique and experimentation. The projects will challenge students to explore raster and vector graphic forms, color theory and typography in creative, experimental ways to reach their objectives. Techniques, approaches, styles and processes for representing numbers, maps, philosophies and ideas will be introduced throughout the course. As a studio and software course, it will be fast-paced and immersive and will require a substantial amount of work outside of class time. The course will be made up of several small, fast-paced projects and culminate in one longer, more engaged print design project. This course is geared toward students with a design-focused course of study. Preference will be given to Architectural Studies majors and graphic design-focused students.