Mr. Thomas Shiner, FAIA

Thomas S. Shiner Architect

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Thomas S. Shiner Architect
Bethesda, MD


Tom Shiner often works at the intersection of architecture and industrial design. Exemplifying that good design is essential and fundamental, Tom’s work has given new wider dimensions to the terrain in which people interact with design.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech, Tom, a life-long furniture maker, won a national furniture design competition. After graduation, Tom worked internships in Switzerland and the Netherlands. Distinguished for his furniture, Tom’s portfolio got him an invitation to study furniture design at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen. Tom returned to his hometown, DC, to work designing commercial interiors before starting his own firm for architecture and product design in 1982. He has designed residences and interiors, new construction and renovation, in the USA and abroad. Gaining years of experience designing interiors, homes and custom millwork for private clients, he also worked with corporate clients like Brickel Associates, Spinneybeck-Design America, Sikorsky and others to develop furniture designs. He has designed significant award-winning architecture projects Berlin, Germany. Tom returned to his Alma Mater in the 90’s to help establish the Industrial Design program at Virginia Tech. In 1997, Tom founded Museum & Library Furniture, a company manufacturing quality furniture primarily for use in museums. His company has provided seating and other elements for dozens of museums and institutions including the National Museum of American History, Morgan Library, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Monticello, Mark Twain Museum in Hartford, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Museo Interactivo de Economia in Mexico City, Gates Foundation, and others. Tom has won numerous awards, including the Virginia Society AIA INFORM award twice, for furniture designs. Tom’s furniture was chosen for THE NEXT WAVE, a recent industrial design exhibit at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.

Tom lives with his wife, an editor for a Smithsonian publication, in Bethesda, Maryland. Besides daily work in his studio, he models furniture in a workshop in Leesburg, Virginia.

In Spring of 2013, Tom introduced new designs through Museum & Library Furniture at the American Alliance of Museums MuseumExpo in Baltimore and NeoCon in Chicago.


Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
BArch, 1975
1970 To 1975

Royal Academy of Fine Art
Copenhagen, Denmark
Furniture Design
1976 To 1977
Advisor: Poul Kjaerholm

Job History

Museum & Library Furniture LLC
President/ Owner
Bethesda, MD, United States
June 1997 - present

Thomas S. Shiner Architect
Principal/ Owner
Bethesda, MD, United States
July 1982 - present

Greenwell Goetz Architects, PC
Washington, DC, United States
June 1978 - July 1982

Architekt Paul C. Kleinlooh, BNA
Nijmegen, Netherlands
September 1975 - July 1976

Architektenbüro Hans R. Bader, SIA
Solothurn, Switzerland
April 1975 - September 1975


  • Accessibility Compliance
  • Architectural Design
  • Building Measurement
  • Code Compliance
  • Construction Documentation: Drawings
  • Construction Documentation: Specifications
  • Construction Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Cost Estimating
  • Detailed Site Utilization Studies
  • Economic Feasibility Studies
  • Expert Witness
  • Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment Purchasing
  • Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment Services
  • Historic Preservation
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design / Documentation
  • Lighting Design
  • Project Administration
  • Record Drawing
  • Site Analysis and Selection
  • Special Furnishings Design


  • Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)


  • Infrastructure planning, conservation, urbanism, education, furniture