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Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA

Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA | Notes of Interest

An architect and design advocate with the international architecture and engineering firm of HDR Architecture, Inc., Tom Trenolone, AIA, is a design principal and vice president based in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also a principal member of the Dallas- and Omaha-based nocturnal:design Lab (n:dL), a design collaborative with partner Brendan O'Grady dedicated to theoretical and progressive design investigations in architecture, graphics, and fabrication.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska (Architecture and Advertising Journalism), Trenolone began his professional career in 1994. He then attended graduate school at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design (1997-2000), where he was an AIA National Merit Scholar and member of the acclaimed design-build entity Studio 804 under the guidance of distinguished professor Dan Rockhill. His team's proposal for the Instituto Universitario di Architecttura di Venezia (IUAV) addition entitled "Rigor vs. Flow" was part of an international student exhibition at The City Third Millennium, the 7th International Architecture Exhibition, 2000 Venice Biennale. Trenolone has served as an architect and designer on numerous international and domestic commissions; he and his teams have garnered over 50 awards for design excellence, 30 of these from the AIA. He has authored or been featured in over 40 published articles on architecture and design.

Thomas J. Trenolone,

The recipient of the 2002 Kagan Design Fellowship, Trenolone's research entitled "Speed, Sex, Firepower" was an in-depth study of how large automotive companies, couture fashion houses, and the U.S. military maintain their creative edge. During this year-long project, he spent time with the Audi design studio (in Simi Valley, CA), with Prada Atelier (Milan, Italy), and at the Naval Fighter Weapons School, Naval Air Station (Fallon, Nevada). In 2007-2008 he was named to the "40 Under 40" lists of both Building Design + Construction and the Midlands Business Journal.

A registered architect in Texas and Nebraska, Trenolone is currently a member of the University of Kansas School of Architecture Advisory Board. Central to his love of architecture and design is education, specifically forms that focus on the general public. This passion led Trenolone to establish the Ken Roberts Lecture Series while he lived in Dallas, and continues today in his role as founder and president of daOMA (design alliance OMAha).


  • Photo Credit: © Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA; daOMA (design alliance OMAha, Inc.) lecture archive; Hani Rashid of Asymptote; Landscape Architect Walter Hood; "Massive Change" lecture of Designer Bruce Mau

Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA

Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA

Jury Comments

Thomas J. Trenolone has demonstrated not only service to the profession but excellence in design as well.

One of Tom's greatest assets is not simply a contribution to the design lexicon, but his passion to inspire others to understand what drives us as architects and learn why we do what we do.

2011 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2010 Chancellor:
  • Edward J. Kodet, Jr., FAIA
  • Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
  • Minneapolis
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • WWCOT Architecture & Interiors
  • Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 2010 Bursar:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, Va.
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2011 Incoming Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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