Tom Fortier Joins HDR as San Francisco Office Managing Principal

Tom Fortier
Tom Fortier, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Tom Fortier, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been named managing principal of HDR’s San Francisco architecture design studio. He joins the company after serving as a principal at Perkins and Will, where he led their science+technology practice with corporate/commercial and higher education responsibilities for projects and pursuits.

In addition to overseeing 75 multidisciplinary professionals, Fortier’s HDR responsibilities include implementing the practices’ strategic vision, delivering design excellence and technical quality to clients, developing and retaining talent and strengthening the firm’s presence in the region.

“Tom is an industry veteran with a reputation for delivering innovative and award-winning design excellence,” said Sam Tso, HDR regional director. “He is a thoughtful and insightful leader who thrives on team success and is well-known for fostering the growth, success and collaboration with his fellow colleagues. We’re thrilled to welcome Tom to HDR and look forward to his leadership and vision in our San Francisco office.”

“Tom’s experience and leadership in the Bay Area is a great addition to the San Francisco practice and compliments the leadership team in the San Francisco office,” said Todd Tierney, west region director of architecture.

Fortier has served Bay Area clients since the 1980s when he launched his architecture career in San Francisco. He relocated to Portland for 20 years before returning to the Bay Area in 2010. Fortier’s experience includes master planning and design for research facilities, academic learning, the arts and athletics, postgraduate and undergraduate research and learning, and leading teams for nonprofit institutions, governmental agencies and private developer work.

"At an early age, I aspired to design buildings and places that make a significant contribution to an array of environments and people who experience them," Fortier said. "I have been fortunate throughout my career to have collaborated with talented individuals across many disciplines, creating environments and places that have left a positive influence and lasting impact on peoples' lives — I'm excited to continue this important work at HDR."

Fortier has served in multiple roles on the Pacific Region Council and design awards jury for the Society for College and University Planning. He is a former president of the Portland Art Museum's Council for Prints, Drawings and Photography and was a charter founding member of the American Association of Museums' environmentally sustainable practices professional network.