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Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA

Chesapeake Strategies Ltd / Senior Partner

Architect Thomas Vonier works to improve facilities and operations for municipalities, public organizations, and private corporations. He brings to his work strong experience with urban design, adaptive reuse of historic properties, and security planning for tourism sites, resort properties, academic campuses, and industrial plants. He has received multiple professional awards, including the Progressive Architecture merit award as part of a team for design of a New England college campus, and the Henry Adams Award based on his museum research with support from the Smithsonian Institution.

Thomas served as president from 2017-2021 of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Paris-based organization representing the world’s 3.2 million architects, and as national president in 2017 of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He served as an appointed research affiliate with the Laboratory of Architecture and Planning at MIT. Thomas co-hosted the first International Forum on Mass Tourism in Historic Cities and joined the president of the Architects’ Council of Europe and the UNESCO Director- General to inaugurate the International Conference on Design Competitions. With colleagues in the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, he helped to create the UNESCO/UIA World Capital of Architecture programme.

As an accredited delegate to COP 21 (Paris), COP 22 (Marrakesh), COP 26 (Glasgow), and to UN Habitat III (Quito), Thomas led efforts to demonstrate how architecture and urban design can help to meet the challenges of rapid urbanization, regional conflict, human poverty, and extreme weather. A frequent speaker on built environment issues he was a featured guest in the Atlantic CityLab program with Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and then-New York mayor Mike Bloomberg.

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