Alberto Rodriguez

Thomas Johnston

Design Associate
Master of Architecture, UT Austin
Candidate 2015 

Bachelor of Environmental Design
University of Colorado

Thomas was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Boulder, Colorado to complete his Bachelor Degree in Environmental Design. After graduation he studied and worked under regional architects Brian MacKay-Lyons in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, Washington and Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas. 

Thomas has a deep commitment to place-based architecture, believing that it must be born of the character of its place. It should not be a sentimental representation of history or a formal regurgitation of the vernacular, rather, a careful examination of the foundations of its context. Understanding the forces that influence vernacular building forms and local customs and attitudes will produce an architecture that is at once respectful, relevant, and effective.

His interest in the necessary physical manifestation of architecture led him to Auburn University's Rural Studio, where he spent a year living and building in West Alabama. As an Outreach student he and two teammates designed and constructed 20K House v16, a 900-square foot, two bedroom house for $20,000. Now back in Austin, he is finishing his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Texas.

When not in service of architecture, Thomas loves front-porch-sitting, riding his bicycles, graphic design and typography, and the neo-pagan minimal aesthetic.