Two and a half years ago, a few AIA members had a vision to create AIA Middle East and this was made possible by their dedication and hard work, but ultimately it was Tom Vonier, FAIA who made it possible.
A Paris-based architect and the founding president of AIA Continental Europe, Tom has been the committee chair of AIA Continental Europe and was also the 2007 Honorary Fellows Jury Chair of American Institute of Architects.
Among Tom's many accolades, far too many to list here, Tom is currently serving as the AIA International Region's first president where he was instrumental in establishing the AIA’s newest Region. Tom has been dedicated to expanding the AIA's vision internationally, raising awareness of the AIA worldwide and expanding its membership across borders never before imagined
Tom began practice in Washington DC and later expanded to Europe for clients with worldwide projects. He gravitated to global work while in university, encouraged by Nathaniel Owings of SOM and Ron Herron of Archigram.
Built on his platform of "Influence, Focus, Innovate" Tom had this to say:
“Together, we’re setting a new direction for AIA—putting our components and our core values at the forefront. Influence and innovation will elevate architecture and our profession.”
Congratualtions Tom! We wish you all the best and are proud of everything you stand for and your unwavering commitment to the AIA!
Félicitations et Bonne Chance!