Thomas M. Dietz '01

Thomas M. Dietz '01

Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor

Curriculum Vitae

A licensed NCARB-certified architect since 2009, Thomas M. Dietz currently practices with Jaeger Nickola Kuhlman & Associates (JNKA) in Chicago, Illinois.  The firm’s work targets community-defined design challenges, with a deeper specialization in faith-based nonprofit work.  Dietz worked for a number of years with a variety of Chicago-area firms as a consultant or staff prior to joining JNKA, primarily in the arenas of single-family urban housing and institutional civic/religious architecture. 

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dietz completed further architectural studies in history, theory and criticism at MIT, principally working under several leading Renaissance historians.  His graduate work focused on the question of Roman capital-making during the formation of a unified secular Italy.  Dietz supplemented his professional education with further studies in the humanities at the University of Chicago Graham School, and in business through the Quantic School of Business and Technology Executive MBA sequence.      

Long interested in faith-based and nonprofit work, Dietz is a member of both the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Catholic Art Guild, and has assisted both the Institute for Sacred Architecture and Catholic Church Tours.  Among his professional associations, he is an inaugural and ongoing member of the Society of Architectural Historians’ benefit host committees, and also a LEED and WELL Accredited Professional currently serving as Chairman of the Illinois Green Alliance’s Programs Committee. Additionally, he is a founding Board Member of the Saints and Scholars Foundation, and has held a past gubernatorial appointment to the Illinois Capital Development Board’s Public Arts Advisory Committee.

Areas of Expertise

  • Architectural History and Theory
  • Civic Design
  • Community Building
  • Metropolitan Chicago
  • Residential Design
  • Sacred Architecture
  • Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism
  • Urban design, history, and theory
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