Tom Collins is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Ball State University in Indiana. He holds Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences degrees form Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State and Master of Architecture and PhD in Architecture degrees from the University of Oregon. Tom is a Registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. His interests lie at the nexus of energy, building performance, and human behavior with a particular focus on sustainability at higher education institutions.
His recent research includes a mixed-methods study on the influence of design, building operations, and occupant behavior on plug load electricity use in campus residence halls. He twice received the ARCC King Medal for architectural research in 2010 and 2014. He has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences including ARCC, AASHE, ACEEE, and the ISIAQ. Tom has taught architecture at the Boston Architectural College, University of Oregon, and Ball State University with an emphasis on design, environmental control systems, and green building courses.
His professional practice experience focused on high performance green laboratories. Notable projects include an award winning, LEED certified geochemistry facility for Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the high-profile Harvard Allston Science Complex, which involved an international integrated design team. Tom was co-creator of the Windscape international design competition sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects, which asked entrants to use design to re-envision a controversial wind farm project planned for Cape Cod.