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Thomas grew up outside of Ann Arbor MI. He graduated from Lawrence Technological University in Detroit in 1996 and from the NCSU College of Design with a Masters in 1999. Bob worked for four years as a Lead Project Designer at The Freelon Group starting in 2000, the youngest associate in the 55-person firm at the time.  Thomas worked with Kenneth Hobgood Architects from 2004-2013 as a principal. His projects won recognition with 27 Design Awards from the AIAand the IIDA through 2015. He has been Adjunct Faculty at the NCSU College of Design since 2004. As of 2013, he became partner and Director of Design for Vines Architecture in Raleigh. He won the AIANC Kamphoefner Prize in 2018.

2008 - The New American House Project, Trailwood Drive, Raleigh. Unbuilt. Designed while working for Kenneth Hobgood.

2008 - The John and Betty Aldridge Residence Addition and Renovation, 2501 Sanderson Drive, Raleigh. Designed while working for Kenneth Hobgood. Renovation of an existing house (bottom left photo from 1995). Built by Bayleaf Builders. Added a pool in 2009. Won a 2011 AIA Triangle Merit Award. As of 2012 still owned by the Aldridges. Top photo by Mark Herboth.

2010 - The Lee and Nicole Jones Residence I, 1425 Granada Drive, Raleigh. 2200 square feet. Designed while working for Kenneth Hobgood. Unbuilt. Won a 2009 AIA Triangle Merit Award.

2011 - The Joel and Jennifer Collins Renovation, 2109 Saint James Road, Raleigh. Designed while working for Kenneth Hobgood. Extensive addition and renovation of an older home (bottom photo). Won a 2012 AIA Triangle Merit Award. Won a 2013 AIANC Merit Award.  Sold in 2017 to John S. and Leigh Day.


2014 - aka the Burt Lake House, near Petoskey MI. Designed while at Vines Architecture. Unbuilt. Won a 2014 AIA Triangle Award and a 2015 AIANC Award.

Sources include: Bob Thomas, Paul Hobgood, Kim Weiss, Kenneth Hobgood.