After earning a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and an M Arch from Yale, Tom went on to work for firms as diverse as SOM and Morphosis, HLW and Studio William Hefner, Rios Associates and The Irvine Company.
Tom started Marbletecture 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, probing 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 for trade 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 contributions to industry journals such as Rotterdam-based MONU Magazine, Tom is currently working on The Expediter, an architectural film noir exploring the role of real estate development in the formation of contemporary Los Angeles.
Tom has taught at USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury, 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 will do so again in 2018 with “Our Cities, Our Selves,” which will explore addressing imbalance in complex adaptive systems at multiple scales.
Tom is currently 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. He has 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 is a registered architect in California.
By: Brian Linder