Shannon and Tom decided to start RWA after developing a close, collaborative relationship while working at ADG over several years. They have a mutual desire of putting people and relationships at the forefront of the design process. Empathy, collaboration and respect form the basis of our approach to architecture: for building better communities and in regards to each other, our team, our clients and our partners in the construction industry. We come to the table with open, curious minds and work through the design process with the team to find a shared, attainable vision for each project.
RWA is committed to providing thoughtful and creative solutions in architecture and interior design that are responsive to the unique needs of each project. We are licensed to work in over 22 states and have over 40 years of combined experience in the profession. RWA is a small boutique firm where clients have direct and meaningful communication with the firm's leadership. RWA will continue to draw on its collaboration with ADG, the architecture and engineering firm where Tom and Shannon first met, in order to bring a greater range of knowledge and expertise than a small boutique firm can usually provide. RWA is a woman-owned business located in the NoMad district of Manhattan.
Shannon is co-founder and Managing Partner of RWA. Shannon's background as a classically trained ballet dancer informs her understanding of the intersection of human behavior, design and the environment. To her, architecture is one of the ultimate and yet most basic human endeavors and at its best has the ability to elevate our everyday experiences.
Prior to co-founding RWA, Shannon was a Principal at ADG, PC working as a Senior Designer and Project Manager for ADG's New York based projects. She received a BA in Art History from the University of San Diego and Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute. She is a Registered Architect in NY.
Tom has focused on leading the front on project design and management for over 40 years as co-founder of RWA and President of ADG, PC, an architecture and engineering firm based in Oklahoma. Tom offers partnership access to the resources of ADG and lends substantial management experience to RWA.
His tenure with ADG spans more than 30 years. Under his direction, the firm developed a reputation for consistently providing quality design and program management services on a wide range of projects, including hospitals, apartments and government facilities. In addition, under Tom's direction the firm saw unparalleled growth into multiple market sectors, including: healthcare, K-12 education, corporate offices, higher education, municipal projects and multifamily housing.
Karen has several years of international experience in architectural and interior design. She has acquired skills and experience in programming and designing both new construction as well as adaptive re-use projects. She excels at collaborating with team members with her problem-solving, design thinking and visualization skills, presenting and translating design intent from concept through successful execution. Her project experience includes residential, commercial, hospitality and mixed-use. Besides Karen's work experience in New York, she has professional experience in the design industry in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.