Thomas R. Gears AIA

President | CEO

It was Mr. Brady from the Brady Bunch that piqued Tom’s interest in architecture. “He had a cool den with a drawing board and got to wear a hard hat at work sites.”

His college internships at SWBR has led to a successful 30+ year career as a designer, Project Manager, Principal, and now President and CEO of the firm. He is passionate about creating vibrant environments for people to live and work. He is at the forefront of the senior housing and skilled nursing design which focuses on creating environments that allow elders to thrive and be part of a community, while also receiving the care they need. He has also led several mixed use and adaptive re-use projects that promote cities as places for people to live, work, and play. He is a trusted advisor and team member, committed to his clients’ success. “My passion comes from seeing the difference the spaces we create make in people’s lives, whether it helps them work more ethically or makes them happier and more comfortable in their home.”

Tom’s work ethic and determination helped him achieve his personal goal of biking around all of the major Finger Lakes in 2015.