Team Tuesday - Kim
Welcome back to another Team Tuesday. We are highlighting architect and construction administrator, Kim Thoma!
Kim is experienced in delivering projects from design through construction. Kim’s management style reflects a pragmatic and goal-oriented approach with a commitment to team building and client satisfaction. Kim’s personal experience volunteering as an art teacher, art program director, and substitute teacher gives Kim the unique ability to better understand the current challenges facing teachers, students, and administrators and implement that in her work.
Something interesting about yourself/a hobby you enjoy? I love swimming, traveling with family, and spending time with my husband and son, who keeps me grounded and help me remember to have fun.
What is your favorite aspect of a project? Construction: working with owners and contractors to solve problems as a building goes up.
Biggest career accomplishment thus far? Finishing the restoration of a 100-year-old indoor swimming pool in the Bronx, NY, and the exterior restoration of PS166M in Manhattan, NY.
Why did you choose your career path? I come from a long line of engineers and have a love for math and planning, but I also love art. I wanted to use ALL of those gifts, so I went into architecture.
What designer do you draw inspiration from? Martha Schwartz, Gaudi, Kahn.
Favorite quote and why? “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi… Keeps me from becoming complacent.
Best trip/vacation? Paris, spring of 2015 with my 6-year-old and husband. We love sharing the world with our son and try to live like locals, renting apartments and staying in one place for a while. Paris is an amazing city for children!
What you're currently reading? Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Something that nobody at work knows about you? I spent a few years running a volunteer-led elementary school art program and also worked as a substitute teacher when I took some time off to raise my son, which gave me a good insight into what it is really like to be a teacher and the everyday challenges they face, which I hope helps to inform decisions I make in the field.