Tom Birdsey, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
President & Chief Executive Officer
For nearly 40 years, Tom Birdsey has prominently contributed to EYP’s success, leading its higher education practice to national prominence and more recently forging partnerships with higher education, government, healthcare, and industry. His career exemplifies the forward-thinking, collaborative creativity that characterizes the firm’s culture and has made EYP the trusted advisor of clients worldwide.
Under Tom’s leadership, EYP has become synonymous with design that performs – highly efficient, sustainable, people focused, and mission driven. He has overseen the firm’s impressive growth into new markets, regions, and typologies, as well as its development into the #1 firm for energy and sustainability, according to Architect 50. He is committed to advancing building energy performance and sustainability through innovative design processes and tools, as well as strategic partnerships to advance energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tom cares deeply about the growth and development of individuals and the firm. Prior to becoming CEO, he was among the leaders driving the first ownership transition which has allowed the firm to thrive under the second generation and prepare a path for the third generation, introducing an employee stock ownership plan. As CEO, he forged relationships with outside investors that allowed the firm to remain independent and strategically add new areas of expertise, including energy and healthcare, and expand geographically to become the global firm EYP is today.