Tom Chung

Principal , Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Tom designs buildings to be welcoming, transparent, and sustainable, reflecting our values of diversity, democracy, and care for our environment. His projects include the John W. Olver Design Building at University of Massachusetts Amherst, recipient of AIA Honor Award, AIA Education Award and AIA Cote Top Ten Award, and Adohi Hall at University of Arkansas, recipient of the AIA Housing Award. They are both pioneering examples of mass timber architecture in the US, making accessible to the public, aesthetic and experiential beauty of this new/old material. Tom is a national leader in the practice and education of Mass Timber Design. He has worked closely with researchers, engineers and fabricators to gain mastery over this new technology. Over the past eight years, he has been invited to speak on this emerging subject at conferences, seminars and workshops world-wide including Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, and throughout the United States. His graduate studio "Mass Timber and New England" was awarded the inaugural Timber Education Prize by ACSA and he has led the Timber Development Workshop for architecture faculty across accredited schools of architecture in the US. Tom shares his design passion and built work experience in mass timber with his peers through AIA continuing education and with the next generation of architects through teaching. Tom is currently Professor of Practice at Auburn University and serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at his alma mater, University of Virginia.