Architecture | Planning | Preservation

Firm | Approach

Challenging our industry to establish expectations for quality design.

Thomas Roberts Architects

Our Vision

We are not your typical architecture firm. We see you differently. We hear you differently. We are not chasing obvious projects, following designer trends, or seeking media recognition. We are positioning ourselves and our clients to make a difference through the built environment. When it comes to the success of your project — we are the difference maker.

Build Communities | Inspire Change
We inspire communities by increasing their confidence, helping them connect to others, and pushing them to challenge themselves. At TRA we value getting involved and building trust.

Solve Problems | Fulfill Dreams
We help find solutions to difficult or complex issues. The key to accomplishing a project’s goals and generating success are confidence and optimism. At TRA we value expertise.

Design & Create | Impart Passion
It’s all in the details. Mistakes are usually made in the specifics of a project, but attention paid to particulars can have great rewards. Our creative and inventive solutions satisfy our clients, and inform and inspire the end users. At TRA we value good design.

Work with a Purpose | Never Give Up
Ralph Waldo Emerson put it best: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” At TRA we value honesty, loyalty, and work ethic.

Learn to Teach | Teach to Learn
Leadership development is key to business success. It expands the expertise and proficiency of our employees to perform, so they can facilitate and execute our firm’s vision by building alignment, winning mindshare and growing the capabilities of others. At TRA we value education and knowledge.

Thomas Roberts Architects

"As architect on the Tibbits Opera House façade restoration, Tom approached the underlying preservation issues with great attention to detail, and was very open to the ideas of those in the field. Working with TRA made this entire experience smooth and enjoyable."


Our Process

TRA’s approach to all projects will be direct, open, and inclusive. We combine the multi-disciplinary team’s diverse and extensive design experience with technical skills and the ability to listen and build consensus. TRA commits to working closely with project stakeholders during each phase and to jointly establishing an attainable vision for your project.

A fundamental precept of any successful project is working with a team that is dedicated and passionate. When a team member at TRA embarks on your project, he or she will remain with the project until their specific role is complete. TRA’s process and methodology consists of three activities: Research, Analysis, and Synthesis.

01 Research

The collecting of information about a particular subject.

  • Collect historic data, photos and drawings
  • Develop As-Built documentation
  • Conduct site analysis and buildings condition assessment
  • Programming goal and vision objectives session with project stakeholders
  • Prepare space needs analysis
  • Review code and zoning implications

“We listen and we learn.”

Thomas Roberts Architects
02 Analysis

A detailed examination of anything complex in order to understand its nature or to determine its essential features: a thorough study.

  • Determine overall project aesthetic
  • Develop program relationship diagrams
  • Create 3D massing studies
  • Select interior and exterior finishes

“We test ideas and we solve problems.”

Thomas Roberts Architects
03 Synthesis

The composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole.

  • Develop construction documents and project specifications
  • Refine construction details
  • Apply and attain necessary permits
  • Construction administration services

“We put it down in black-and-white and we create.”

Thomas Roberts Architects

An Open Invitation

If you have passion with a purpose and thrive when challenged - let's get to work...together.

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