OPerA Studio is led by Thomas Barry, a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional. Thomas has over 15 years of experience overseeing projects of various building types and sizes. From 2007- 2010, he was an associate partner at Archi-Tectonics, a leading international design firm, which he joined in 2005. Projects he led at Archi-Tectonics include ground-up multi-unit condominium and mixed-use buildings, large scale conversions of existing buildings, townhouse renovations and additions, high-end retail, residential, and commercial projects. Many of these projects required approval from the New York City Landmarks Commission, and for others he obtained zoning changes from the City Planning Department and the Board of Standards and Appeals. Prior to joining Archi-Tectonics, Thomas worked at both Davis Brody Bond and Fox and Fowle Architects in New York, where he gained experience in building types such as hospitality, fitness, office, primary and higher education, community use, libraries, and laboratories. Thomas also worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam on a proposed expansion to the Whitney Museum.
Thomas received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. He is currently an adjunct professor of architectural design at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he teaches advanced elective design studios with a focus on design research in the development of systems-based design strategies. He has also taught design as a visiting professor at Cornell University and the New York Institute of Technology, and has served as a critic on design reviews at Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and the Pratt Institute.