cheers to 24 years, tom!
We have some bittersweet news from the Studio21 Architects office: after twenty-four years at our firm, Tom Fend is retiring. While this is sad news for us, as we will sorely miss the sharp wit Tom brings to the office every day, it is still joyful news for Tom. He will officially retire on September 8th, fittingly chosen to correspond with his twenty-fourth-year anniversary at Studio21 Architects. So, let’s break out the champagne and spend some Studio Pages time looking back at the greatest hits of Tom’s time at the firm!
media that spotlighted the English Rows Townhomes, a sprawling fifty-six-unit development in Naperville. This development was designed by Tom and sets itself apart with exterior aesthetics inspired by Victorian-era England and London's Mews Garden developments. Each style of townhome has apt names like "Lady Jane" and "Mary Stuart", and they range in size from 2,150 square feet to 2,900 square feet. The townhomes aren’t the only interesting part of this unique project; corresponding to the English Rows is a multi-use commercial space called the Victorian Village, home of restaurants and retail shops, all in the same design style.
inside and out and because of that, he has always been able to give the Studio21 clients a positive experience where they feel confident in their project's process. As a firm, our entire approach relates to the journey; great design is our baseline, and we go above and beyond through the delivery of an exceptional client experience. In his twenty-four years with Studio21 Architects, Tom has embodied the firm’s foundational beliefs completely and expertly.
There is so much more to Tom than architecture! Outside of the office, Tom volunteers as a mentor with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. He also enjoys biking, gardening, following his favorite sports teams, and traveling. He plans to travel and spend time with his family, and when we asked what he was most excited about, he said (in his classic biting sarcasm), “Not coming here!” As a firm, we have been incredibly lucky to have Tom on our team and while we will keep trying to convince him to visit us, now, we are excited for him to relax and enjoy retirement! And with all of that said, we are happy to say:
cheers to 24 years, tom!!
written by: emma halliday
Emma Halliday works as the Marketing Coordinator at Studio21 Architects. For each of our newsletters, Emma conducts interviews, writes articles, and formats the pages to make sure they reflect the great design we value so strongly at this firm. She may not be an architect, but she certainly makes sure that the marketing materials have architect-worthy design as well!