Thomas E Graul, AIA


"Acting as the in-house Owner's Representative and Head of International Architecture for one of the largest real estate developers in the world, I had the immense pleasure of working closely with Tom on a complicated 6 million square foot mixed-use development. I cannot overstate his knowledge, passion for excellence, attention to detail and willingness to look at all sides of an architectural issue. I look forward to the time when we can work together again."
J. Dean Chavooshian

"Tom was with us during those important early years as we were forming our practice. He has an uplifting spirit and was a great collaborator as he worked and directed his team of architects. His technical skills are superb, he is well organized, and has a keen understanding into how buildings are made. His disciplined trained eye helped mentor younger architects and his patience in working with clients was invaluable."
Thomas Phifer, FAIA

"Tom played an essential role in getting the Getty Center designed and built. He brought all kinds of design experience to the job, and just as important, he had his eyes wide open during construction. Knowing the complexities of the project, he could foresee and describe the practical consequences of every decision we or the Meier office were considering. I valued Tom's candor as much as his skills."
John Walsh, Director Emeritus, J. Paul Getty Museum

"I worked closely with Tom for nine years on the design and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum. This was a particularly complex project because the brief included galleries and public spaces, as well as highly specialized conservation studios, art storage facilities, study rooms, and offices. Tom distinguished himself in his deep understanding of the program, his knowledge of the construction process, and his skill as a designer. Beyond that, Tom’s ability to work collaboratively at every stage of the process won the respect — and affection — of the museum staff."
Deborah Gribbon, Deputy Director, then Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum (retired)

“Tom is one of those rare professionals who is able to translate design ideas into detailed technical documents that achieve the level of architectural quality and aesthetics we strive for while at the same time, developing solutions that are cost effective and can be achieved within often times challenging budget parameters. This can only come from someone like Tom who has a true appreciation of design yet has spent considerable time overseeing construction – bringing that knowledge gained in the field back into the early phases of a project. “
Norman Pfeiffer, FAIA

“I’ve worked with Tom for close to ten years, bringing him in first to work with us at Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and a few years later to assist our New York office of Pfeiffer Partners Architects. In both cases, Tom provided invaluable technical guidance on two very challenging projects – infill residence halls at UCLA and the Leonard & Claire Tow Performing Arts Center at Brooklyn College. Tom’s experience and knowledge in construction was instrumental in our ability to complete both of these projects on time and on budget. He is particularly good in working with younger staff, mentoring them as they in turn develop their skills.”
Jean Marie Gath, Principal, Pfeiffer Partners

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