Photograph of Tom Balke, Community Studio Principal at Little


Tom Balke

Community Studio Principal





Trusted expert for delivering high-performance educational environments

Tom leads a team of architects, programmers, planners and designers dedicated to the design of pre-K through 12th grade learning environments.

As Partner and Studio Principal in the Community Practice, he and his team focus on projects in the traditional public, public charter, independent and faith-based school markets. Throughout his 34 years in school design and construction, Tom has honed his expertise in programming schools, and in site and building master planning. Clients he has partnered with include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Piedmont Community Charter School, Charlotte Latin School, and the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools. Tom continues to further his knowledge of educational design, having served as an adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte, speaking at conferences such as A4LE, School Building Expo, NAIS, and NBOA.

Washington University

Master of Architecture

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Words of Inspiration

“Our approach is to partner with you to help you design the learning environments that will inspire students and teachers.”

- Tom Balke