Thom Smith

Project Architect

Thom’s approach to design involves understanding the connections between people, spaces, and systems to create inherently sustainable, resilient, and meaningful projects. From the scale of a city, down to the small detail, he seeks to find design opportunities. Thom values incorporating site, climate, culture, history, and science to design with natural systems, creating a sense of place, well-being, and long-term value.

Before joining EDR, Thom worked at Waggonner & Ball and Concordia, specializing in educational architecture projects and sustainability efforts in water management design and resilience planning around the US. Originally from Rochester, NY, he earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University. After graduating, Thom relocated to New Orleans to serve in AmeriCorps with Rebuilding Together New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, leading teams in repairing houses for low-income elderly or disabled homeowners. Since then, he has remained in New Orleans.

Outside of the office, Thom currently serves on the board of Rebuilding Together New Orleans and has received recognition, including the AIA Louisiana Emerging Professionals Award and AIA National Emerging Professionals Award, for his contributions to a traveling exhibit on architecture and design for Hurricane Katrina's tenth anniversary. He has taught summer courses on sustainable building and site design at Tulane University School of Architecture, and enjoys being part of trying to inspire the next generation. Beyond work, Thom explores the ever-changing city of New Orleans on his bike and through his camera lens.