Tom Trenolone Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows
Tom Trenolone, FAIA, a design director in HDR’s architecture practice, has been elevated to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects. This is AIA’s highest membership honor, awarded to those who have demonstrated a "standard of excellence" and have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture and society.
Trenolone was recognized for his efforts to encourage a national dialogue about the role of architects and the value of architecture—through his own work and the promotion of the greater whole of design culture. In addition, his ability to rethink the conventional boundaries of building typologies at all scales has advanced architecture’s ability to be the catalyst for transformation.
“Throughout Tom’s career, his promotion of the aesthetic, craft and value of architecture as both a practitioner of it and advocate for it has been of the highest caliber," said John C. Gaunt, FAIA, emeritus dean and professor at the University of Kansas. "In my 21 years as the dean of this school, I have not known a more deserving candidate for this honor.”
Doug Wignall, FAIA, president of HDR's architecture group, added: “This well-deserved honor is a testament to the fact that Tom has truly had a significant impact on our evolution in becoming a global design practice. His relentless curiosity and his passion has been instrumental in our adoption of new and formative approaches to the overall design process.”
Trenolone is a member of HDR’s architecture leadership team and oversees the firm’s annual Opacity design review, where jurors from architecture practice, academia and media critique the firm’s recent work. He is also founder of daOMA (design alliance OMAha, Inc.), a nonprofit dedicated to public education and appreciation of architecture and the design arts.
Trenolone recently completed an HDR Fellowship that focused on residents of small cities and rural communities whose towns have fallen victim to the issues that make healthcare access more challenging. His study, “Saving Main Street,” investigated how architecture can drive solutions by using health and wellness components as the cornerstone of modern rural development. Trenolone’s design concept was named a finalist by Fast Company magazine in its 2020 World Changing Ideas competition.