James Wright | FAIA, NCARB

Thomas Vonier | FAIA, RIBA

Founding President, AIA International Region
Principal Thomas Vonier Architect LLC

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Tom gravitated to global practice while at university, encouraged by Ron Herron of Archigram and by Nathaniel Owings, a founding partner in SOM.  After completing graduate school and becoming licensed, Tom led a firm in Washington DC.  He then went to Paris to handle work for clients with global operations.  Tom continues to work on a wide range of projects, mainly dealing with security for industrial facilities in high-threat locations.

Long active in the American Institute of Architects, Tom founded AIA Continental Europe after moving to France.  He recently served on the AIA national board of directors.  Tom was also on the board of his original Chapter, AIA Washington DC.   He led efforts to establish the AIA International Region - encompassing some 2,400 AIA members outside of the United States - and he is its first president. Thomas Vonier was recently elected as the 2014 Vice President of AIA National. Mr. Vonier remains on the Executive Committee of the AIA International Region.

In 2015 Thomas Vonier was elected as President Elect of the American Institute of Architects and is currently the 2017 President of the Institute.