One of his first jobs out of college was as a Junior Designer for an internationally recognized architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, in Chicago, Illinois. One of the projects Thom worked on there included a five-city block project for the City of Barcelona, Spain, in preparation for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Bruce Graham was the managing partner Thom got to know while in Chicago. Mr. Graham was one of America's leading designers of high-rise buildings such as the Sears/Willis Tower, and The Hancock Building. Mr. Graham was a mentor and a great inspiration to Thom in his early career and their relationship continued many more years until Mr. Graham’s death in 2010. Before coming to Kerrville, Thom spent about six years practicing in the Vail Valley of Colorado. His firm specialized in residential and resort commercial design. Among some of the projects that Thom worked on there were over twenty residences in Colorado and Yong Pyong Resort in South Korea the site of the 1998 Asian Winter Olympics and host for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, The Summit Club and General Store - Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado; as well as projects in Pentwater, Michigan and at Peek and Peak Resort in New York State.
Thom’s architecture business, Paddle Creek Design, is based here in Kerrville at One Schreiner Center. He is the Architect for the James Avery jewelry stores as they expand their presence in Texas and other states. He also designs high-end residential homes here in the Hill Country as well as a number of other states. International projects occasionally present themselves, such as the interior design of a penthouse apartment in Mongolia and renovation projects in Australia & Hawaii. Thom is currently licensed in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada and Montana as well as holding a Certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. A number of his recently completed residential projects are at Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson, Nevada. He also has projects underway in Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee
Along with his experience, Thom brings a willingness to listen to his clients and at the same time, offer creative design approaches. The result is an efficient process that incorporates the amenities and features sought after by today's clients. You'll see and feel the difference when you walk through a project designed by Thom Oppelt...a project you'll be proud to call your own.
Architect Thomas Oppelt combines a natural vision for design with a history of diverse architectural work experiences. His work is becoming recognized on a national level as he currently manages projects in several states and internationally.
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Thom graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. His architectural studies included a semester abroad in Europe