Since joining HPA in 1997, Partner Tom Pope has set out to transform quality design into timeless architecture throughout Chicago and beyond. Through his intense focus and innovation, he has been instrumental in bringing many of the firm’s significant adaptive re-use, office, hospitality, student-housing, and mixed-use residential towers projects to successful fruition.
Tom’s experience began with his involvement with some of HPA’s largest and most complex adaptive re-use projects. Over the years, his leadership grew steadily with the firm’s expansion through the first wave of high-rise construction projects located in Chicago’s River North district, as well as a rapidly developing student housing portfolio.
As a Partner, Tom leads his studio team on issues concerning design and project management. His approach of thoughtful planning and high-level decision making has resulted in successful collaborations with developers on many of HPA’s most challenging projects, notably Google’s Chicago headquarters at 1KFulton. His design aesthetic of simple yet elegant forms is apparent in projects such as 810 North Clark’s interplay of the landmarked Bush Temple of Music with a stark, modern tower addition, and 717 South Clark’s fusion of a three-story office building with a 30-story elegant glass tower. Currently, Tom is excited to be leading a Cleveland-based project that will become the largest heavy timber residential mixed-use development in North America upon completion.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a licensed Architect, NCARB Certified, and a certified Construction Document Technologist.