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Robert P. Thomas

AIA, Partner

Registered Architect

PA & NJ

Project Responsibilities

Partner in Charge with experience since 1969, founding partner with this firm since 1976.

Key Experience

Bob Thomas is a founding partner of Campbell Thomas  & Co. Architects, founded in 1976 and a firm noted for historic preservation, energy conscious design, community development, greenways, accessible design and appropriate technology.  As Partner in Charge, of numerous architectural, planning, greenway, solar, bicycle and public transportation projects and has worked with such agencies as the Fairmount Park Commission (Fairmount Water Works Master Plan, Chamounix Mansion Carriage House, Fairmount Park Bikeway and Rail Trail), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Radnor Multi-Purpose Trail), and the Montgomery County Planning Commission (Philadelphia - Valley Forge Bikeway, all four phases).  All these projects have required significant planning and programming skills to meet numerous planning goals, often in conflict.

In addition to his architectural skills, Mr. Thomas previously worked as a planner for SEPTA, and has worked on the transportation-planning project of the Philadelphia Zoo Transportation Center that will serve Fairmount Park as well.  His knowledge and use of public transportation is invaluable in planning sites to be accessible by all sectors of the population.

He is an expert, as well, in historic preservation and handicapped accessibility. He has applied this knowledge successfully towards projects such as the restoration of the magnificent Brentwood Apartments facing Fairmount Park, the Metropolitan Baptist Church Accessibility Improvements, which included the insertion of an elevator into an historic 19th century church, and Lower Merion's historic Affordable Housing for the Elderly in Bala-Cynwyd.

In recognition of his achievements and advocacy for accessibility, he was appointed to serve as the Chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Accessibility Advisory Board for 12 years. In this capacity he has reviewed over 800 projects, assisting in the development of innovative solutions to meet the spirit of the code and law; thus resulting in the 1997 President’s Access Award.
Affiliation and Service
American Institute of Architects member, member of Preservation Committee and Committee on the Environment
American Youth Hostels: life member
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professional: member
Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley: past president.
DVRPC, Regional Trails Council: member
East Coast Greenway Alliance: life member, Pa Steering Committee
Greenspace Alliance: founding steering committee member
Hostelling International: life member
Keystone Trails Association: life member
PennDOT Southeast Penna. Bicycle Task Force: past member
Philadelphia Historical Commission:  member and Architectural Historian
Philadelphia Parks Alliance: founding president, board member, tours chairman
Philadelphia-Valley Forge Trail Committee: past co-chair
Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia: member, past board of advisors
Schuylkill River Greenway Association: member past chairman, board member
Schuylkill River Parks Alliance: member, board secretary
Sierra Club, Eastern Pennsylvania Group: life member, former tours chairman
Temple University School of Environmental Design: Board of Visitors, Ec. Comm.
Tookany -Tacony –Frankford Watershed Partnership, Board Member
Education and Awards
Master of Architecture: University of Pennsylvania, 1973
B.S. in Architecture with honors: University of Pennsylvania, 1969
Ongoing Continuing Education Activities with the AIA
One of 25 National “Rail-Trail Champions,” 
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2011
Green Futures Achievement Award, Montg. Co. Land Trust, 2009
Preservation Achievement Awards – Grand Jury Award, 2008
10th Annual Community Leadership Award, Riverbend 2006
Access Achievement Award, 2005
Bicycle Advocate of the Year Award, 2005
Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Philadelphia Award, 2004
Additional Information
Master of Architecture: University of Pennsylvania, 1973
B.S. in Architecture with honors: University of Pennsylvania, 1969
Ongoing Continuing Education Activities with the AIA
One of 25 National “Rail-Trail Champions,” 
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2011
Green Futures Achievement Award, Montg. Co. Land Trust, 2009
Preservation Achievement Awards – Grand Jury Award, 2008
10th Annual Community Leadership Award, Riverbend 2006
Access Achievement Award, 2005
Bicycle Advocate of the Year Award, 2005
Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Philadelphia Award, 2004