Tom McNab

Associate Teaching Professor
phone: (406) 994-3793 

Tom joined the faculty of the School of Architecture in 2005 to serve as the Director of the Community Design Center.  Since then he has also taught Building Construction I, Professional Practice, Advanced Building Systems Integration, Second Year Design Studio, and seminars relating to Environmental Design and Stewardship. His areas of interest include: collaborative project delivery techniques, sustainable design and construction processes, understanding building science and materials as design criteria, environmental stewardship and resilient design, integrated project delivery; and public / private partnering in community design. He is the recipient of the MSU Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creativity and the MSU President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning.

Tom brings a strong background in community service, advocacy, and architectural practice having served on many community design and advisory committees as well as lobbying on architectural issues in the Oregon and Montana state Legislatures. He was the American Institute of Architects chapter president in Oregon 1986 and in Montana 2001.

Tom was born in Billings, Montana, and raised in eastern Montana and the Willamette valley of Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1975 with a BArch, he attained an Architectural License in Oregon in 1979 and later added licenses in Washington, Alaska, and Montana. He practiced architecture for 30 years in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana working mainly in Commercial, Institutional, and Public sectors with a variety of firms, including twelve years in his own partnerships in Oregon and Montana.