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After earning degrees from UC Berkeley and Yale, Tom Marble went on to work for firms as diverse as SOM and Morphosis, Studio William Hefner and RIOS, Chermayeff & Geismar and The Irvine Company.

Tom started Tom Marble Architecture in 2001. Since then he has completed dozens of projects ranging from furniture design to the transformation of neighborhoods. His practice has extended to public art, assisting the artist Pae White with a series of large-scale commissions.

He has also been committed to research, using stories to probe the often antagonistic relationship of people to place, first through “Twelve Minutes with Frank & Dolores” a short film he presented at the 1989 Monterey Design Conference, then in articles in architecture journals, and later in book form with “After the city this (is how we live)” published by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design in 2008. In addition to a series of contributions to urban-design journals such as Rotterdam-based MONU Magazine, Tom has recently completed “The Expediter,” an architectural noir exploring the process of real estate development in contemporary Los Angeles, which was excerpted in “Made Up: Design’s Fictions,” published in 2018 by ACTAR and Art Center College of Design.

Tom has taught at USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury, Krabbesholm Hojskole, and SCI-Arc and has been a visiting critic at those schools as well as UCLA. Tom taught a community-based urban studio, “Urban Successionism in Colorado Springs,” at Colorado College in the Spring of 2012 and did so again in early 2018 with “Our Cities, Our Selves,” a course investigating how effective human interaction could be employed to solve systemic problems in cities, which he then presented as a paper to the 2019 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Conference “Less Talk, More Action” hosted by the architecture department at Stanford.

Tom is currently a board member of Pasadena Heritage as well as the Vice-Chair of the Debs Park Advisory Board in Northeast Los Angeles, and is a former President of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. He served on the board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design from 2002-07. In addition to his architecture degrees, Tom has earned a Certificate in Writing for Film and Television from the UCLA Writers Program as well as a Certificate in Innovation for Products and Services from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Tom Marble, AIA is a registered Architect in California.

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