Thomas Jacobs, AIA | Young Architects Award

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Thomas Jacobs, AIA | Notes of Interest

Thomas Jacobs has been contributing to our built environment throughout his 16 year career in ways that define leadership for our next generation of Architects. He has been an integral part in the creation of some of the best buildings in Chicago and beyond. As Principal and Project Architect with Krueck + Sexton, Tom’s success is rooted in his ability to contribute to teams and partnerships through clear communication, critical thinking, and creativity. As a leader in the truest sense of the word, Tom rigorously challenges assumptions in pursuit of prudent approaches, and charismatically brings out the best of a process, of a building, and most importantly, of all people involved.

After receiving his Diploma of Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland, Tom moved to the United States to start his career with Krueck + Sexton Architects. At this time, he conceived some of the hallmark design elements in the Herman Miller Showroom in Chicago. Following that project, he returned to Switzerland to work with Herzog & de Meuron (1999-2002) where he was on the project teams for the Jack S. Blanton Museum in Austin, Texas and the New de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. An intensely formative period in Tom’s early career, Tom was Project Architect for the 10-story twisting education and observation tower. He established the California office of H&deM in San Francisco in late 2000. Then, in 2002 he returned to Krueck + Sexton as the first Associate Principal. In 2010 Tom was made the first Principal of Krueck + Sexton, and is the designated future leader for the firm.

Along with his work at Krueck + Sexton, Tom is an advocate for community development and planning as an active member of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Citizen Advisory Committee, helping to implement Chicago’s GOTO 2040 Plan. He also serves as chair of the Riverside Sustainability Council, an organization he founded in 2008. In addition, Tom writes a monthly column for the Riverside Landmark on the challenges and opportunities of sustainability as a guiding principle.

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Thomas Jacobs, AIA

Jury Comments

His design work is superb! Tom is tireless in his dedication and devotion to the practice of architecture, to his clients, team members, and students. His guidance and aspiration for the profession is infectious.

Tom is a consummate team leader who cares deeply about the things that matter most.

2012 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2011 Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • Los Angeles
  • 2011 Vice Chancellor:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, VA
  • 2011 Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2012 Incoming Bursar:
  • Albert W. Rubeling FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, MD

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