Tom Wiscombe

Architect (1970)

Founder of Emergent Design and then Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Tom Wiscombe sees the constructed form as resulting from processes and systems that function in synergy; it can refer as much to art as it can to models of genetic biology, science, and mathematics. Architecture can be understood as living networks: an interconnection of sections and elements that based on simple rules gradually blend various behaviours and events into a form. Tom Wiscombe began his career as an intern at NASA’s Goddard Spacefield Center before becoming involved in major projects with the Coop Himmelb(l)au team. A former student at UCLA and Berkeley, Tom Wiscombe now teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. Many of his projects are part of collections belonging to Frac Centre-Val de Loire, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA San Francisco, and MoMA New-York, and have received several awards, in particular the MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architect’s Award, the Architectural League Young Architect’s Prize, and the AIA Design Awards.

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