Thom Smith is a licensed architect and LEED Green Associate at Waggonner & Ball in New Orleans, and is part of the firm’s urban design and planning team. He has experience in a broad range of both architectural and environment projects throughout Louisiana and the United States, with a comprehensive focus on sustainability, resilience, and larger scale systems. At Tulane, he is leading a seminar on innovative green building and site design for the third year, and has been a critic for architecture studio reviews.
Before joining Waggonner & Ball, Thom was a project manager and designer at Concordia in New Orleans for six years. He led an award winning, new LEED Gold public school though construction, along with other schools, libraries, and commercial buildings, as well as planning and urban design projects. Previously, Thom served in AmeriCorps with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, where he also designed and helped build an office space for the organization.
Thom is an active member of the local design community, serving on boards, committees, and architecture school reviews. He advocates through the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, USGBC Louisiana, and as Secretary of AIA New Orleans. Thom helped curate and produce a nationally award winning exhibit about architecture and design for the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and has collaborated on the design and construction of installations that reclaim underused public spaces in New Orleans. Thom received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.