Chairman  |  President  |  CEO

Thom Penney started working with the firm in 1968 while a senior in high school. After receiving a Master’s of 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. His passion is elevating design and its value to our clients and our communities.

Thom 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. 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. He is a frequent guest lecturer and design juror.

Thom is active both in the 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. While President of the AIA, he was on the founding board of the National Academy of Architecture for Neuroscience in La Jolla, California, which was inspired by his platform.

In addition to his interest in high performance building design, Thom enjoys high performance driving in his spare time.