Thomas Tornbjerg holds a Master of Architecture as well as a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tornbjerg Design is a progressive, design driven, professionally licensed architecture firm focusing on custom residential and development work. The office strives to leverage backgrounds in engineering and construction to realize work that is highly resolved, technically competent and materially efficient.
Prior to starting his own practice, Tom spent six years at Bercy Chen Studio. During his tenure at Bercy Chen, Tom served as both project architect and construction manager on The Cascading Creek House and The Peninsula Residence, steering the projects from initial client meetings through design, detailing, drawing, and construction.
Prior to his time at Bercy Chen Studio, Tom worked five years with the consulting structural engineering firms of Encotech Engineering and Conrad Engineering. At both companies, Tom served as a graduate engineer responsible for project design, detailing, documentation and supervision on a range of structural engineering projects.
Tom originally hails from Denmark and has spent the bulk of the last three decades in Texas. He finds frequent inspiration in the architecture and design of Scandinavia while being rooted in the landscape and traditions of Texas.
Thomas Tornbjerg is a Texas licensed Architect. Reg. No. 24103.
Jesus Valdez is a young designer from Houston, Texas. From an early age he’s been intrigued by the tectonic aspects of his environment and inspired by the ability of architecture to elevate the human condition.
Jesus holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. During his time at UT, Jesus expanded upon his interest in the physical side of architecture and explored concepts of sustainability, adaptability, space, and light in many of his projects. He is fascinated by the potential of taking tangible elements and developing something more meaningful and functional than just shelter.
Today he calls Austin home and is excited to have an impact in the development of such a vibrant and dynamic city. He is deeply committed to creating responsible place-based architecture whose performance, craft, and character serve to enhance the user’s experience.
Prior professional experience includes an internship with Jaja Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark. As part of the competition-based firm, Jesus developed concepts for a variety of commercial and civic projects including a winning entry for a new master plan of the Danish Deaconess Foundation.
Jesus is a Terry Foundation Scholar, member of the AIA, and recipient of the McDermott Travel Fellowship in Architecture.
Kemi Esho is an architectural designer from Los Angeles, CA. She relocated to Austin in early 2016 and is looking forward to expanding her experience in the world of architecture.
Kemi holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside in Interdisciplinary Studies - Business Administration, Art, and Theater. In May 2013, she obtained her Master of Architecture degree from Woodbury University. During her professional career in Los Angeles she worked on a number of commercial projects before transitioning over to residential architecture. Experience includes project management, cost estimating, space planning, FF+E and construction administration. Her interests span art, architecture and design, business and entrepreneurship, community outreach, event planning, sustainable design, and volunteer work.
David Conley is an Air Force brat who had the privilege of living in and visiting many countries which have influenced him greatly in his design philosophy, especially in architecture and urban planning. He has been a resident of Austin since 1994 and knows the town well and how much it has changed since then. He has two degrees from the University of Texas at Austin - a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering.
David is a big promoter of electric rail transportation knowing its great benefits to the environment and community health and identity. He hopes to see Austin and Texas lead the way in street car resurgence and high speed rail in America.
David has also worked as a production designer for small art and film projects. He discovered many similarities with the architecture design process, like the idea of story and figure-ground. He also discovered several differences, like, funnily, when a job is done so well, an audience might not appreciate the set was built from scratch and just assume the “hospital,” “jail cell,” etc. already existed.
He also played blackjack with Brad Pitt in the Tree of Life.