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An architect with degrees from Princeton University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and most recently the Italian Laurea in Architettura from Rome University “La Sapienza,” Tom has been in Italy since 1991, working in architecture, cultural heritage, environmental and cultural sustainability and digital media. He was founder of the successful non-profit cultural travel association Scala Reale and continues to support culturally and environmentally sustainable travel as a partner in the company that continues its mission, Context Travel. He cofounded the American Institute for Roman Culture, and served as its President until 2008. His long experience in architectural and urban design in the US and Europe has included collaboration with Jorge Silvetti, Massimiliano Fuksas, Cino Zucchi, Charles Rose, and others. He currently directs the design research consultancy TRA_20, working on projects pertaining to environmental sustainability and urban design from an office overlooking Rome’s Circus Maximus.

His academic commitments have included coordinating the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Rome Program in Architecture, overseeing architectural programming for the University of Minnesota Rome Program, teaching an English-language seminar on Ecological Urbanism at the University of Rome Engineering Faculty, and adjunct teaching positions for a number of Rome-based architecture courses.

He is active in various organizations dedicated to sustainability and the city of Rome, a subject on which he has written extensively. He is author of Rome Works: An Architect Explores the World’s Most Resilient City. Tom can be contacted at tgrankin(at)


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  1. September 27, 2011 09:45

    Hello Tome,
    my name is Maja, and I have a blog called Reading Italian Maps, dedicated to all things Italian. I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a short guest post on the blog about Rome-3 places to see in Rome of your choice. I would be delighted to have your point of view, considering your blog is different than all the others on Rome and Italy I have see around. Let me know if you’re interested.
    Thank you


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