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Thomas Robinson founded LEVER Architecture, a progressive Portland-based practice, in 2009. His work explores how the innovative application of materials and building technology can create powerful spatial experiences for people. Thinking at the level of construction from the outset allows Robinson to quickly align concept with reality and bring greater quality to a wide range of built work. His 16-person practice is pioneering the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the US with Framework, slated to be the first timber high-rise in the US and recipient of the US Tall Wood Building Prize. Prior to founding LEVER, Robinson led cultural and institutional projects for Allied Works and Herzog & de Meuron.

Robinson earned a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, Thomas studied under Pritzker Prize winning architect Peter Zumthor and was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Prize for outstanding master’s thesis.