Tom began his career in Ann Arbor and has been practicing architecture in Northwest Michigan since 1978. Working for Community Design, Inc from 1978 to 2001 he accumulated experience with a variety of resort development, residential, commercial, industrial and educational projects. Over the years he developed a wide range of creative problem solving and implemental skills for application to the architectural process.

In the Fall of 2001 he founded Tom Piehl, Architect, plc to continue an established tradition of design excellence.

Working Together

The design process starts by listening carefully to client needs and analysis of the site characteristics.  This is followed by a continuing discussion of alternative approaches, implications and intelligent ideas.

Critical to implementation is the juxtaposition of varying priorities.  Pragmatic construction and architectural interest.  Economics and enduring value. New technology and old wisdom.  Lifestyle and all else.

Culmination is arriving at a unique aesthetic design solution, environmentally sustainable, within budget and responsive to client aspirations.

Central to the design process is dedication to the belief that exhilaration and dynamics of the user experience is the true measure of creativity and success of the built environment.


Masters of Architecture,

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1975



State of Michigan Registered Architect

LEED Accredited Professional



International Code Council

United States Green building Council








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