Mr. Penney started working with the firm in 1968 while a senior in high school. After receiving a master’s degree in architecture with honors from Clemson University in 1974, he returned home to Charleston and to LS3P.
Thom is responsible for overall firm management and organizational vision, as well as the successful integration of professional services, marketing, operations, and finances.
He was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for Design in 1990, and his award-winning work has been featured in numerous national and international magazines and books. He is a frequent guest lecturer and design juror. In 2009, he was honored with the Award for Ethics and Civic Responsibility from the Free Enterprise Foundation, and is an honorary fellow and member in four International Institutes of Architecture.
Thom is active both in local and professional communities, having served as the 79th National President of The American Institute of Architects in 2003, and Chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2008.
In addition to his interest in high performance building design, Thom enjoy high performance driving in his spare time.
2003 National President of The American Institute of Architects; 1990 Fellow in AIA, 2007 AIA South Carolina Medal of Distinction; 2001 AIA Richard Upjohn Fellow; 2008 Chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; 2003 Founding Member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture; GSA Design Excellence Program Peer Reviewer
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